A former Bernard Madoff aide on trial for fraud stemming from the con man’s $17 billion Ponzi scheme helped his own son, who also worked at the company, tackle a drug addiction after he repeatedly fell asleep under his desk, the first defense witness in the case told jurors.
On a chilly September evening in Novogireyevo, a Moscow suburb of concrete apartment blocks about 16 kilometers east of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin compound, a young woman in an orange hoodie approaches Sasha Mazay with an offer that might save his life.
Former Deutsche Bank AG executive Brian Mulligan is trying to limit what jurors hear about his admitted use of “bath salts,” a synthetic stimulant, as his claims that two Los Angeles policemen beat him go to trial.
Yang Wei, 26, and his wife share a small apartment in the manufacturing hub of Dongguan, in the Pearl River Delta. Every morning they bicycle a few kilometers to their jobs at two electronics components plants. To see their 6-year-old daughter they take a 17-hour train ride, followed by six more hours on three buses. She lives in mountainous Fenghuang County, Hunan, more than 600 kilometers (373 miles) to the northwest, with Yang’s 53-year-old mother. He and his wife see their daughter once every 12 months for 10 days during the Chinese New Year.