Court Trials

Regional News • Oceania
Christchurch mosque terrorist sentenced to life without parole
Vigil after the Christchurch mosque shooting, March 2019
Vigil after the Christchurch mosque shooting, March 2019 Credit: Charles Edward Miller from Chicago, United States / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The Christchurch mosque gunman and far-right terrorist Brenton Tarrant has been sentenced to life without parole in a Christchurch court on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one charge of terrorism. Tarrant is the first person in New Zealand's history to be convicted of terrorism and to receive life with parole.

"As far as I am able to gauge you are empty of any empathy to your victims," said Justice Cameron Mander. "Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment."

On March 15, 2019, Tarrant opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 Muslim worshipers and injuring 40.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Ghislaine Maxwell court records to be unsealed, judge rules
Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell Credit: Ghislaine Maxwell (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

US District Judge Loretta Preska has ruled to unseal case documents involving Ghislaine Maxwell. The documents, which relate to a 2015 defamation case filed by Virginia Giuffre, also include a deposition from Maxwell in which she denies having any knowledge of Epstein's scheme to recruit underage girls for sex.

Maxwell's legal team was given a week to appeal Judge Preska's decision.

Business • Economy
Apple wins court case against European Commission over 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes
Apple wins court case against European Commission over 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes
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Apple has won the appeal against the European Commission over whether the company owed €13 billion in Irish taxes. The European Union's general court ruled that the European Commission wasn't able to prove that Apple had gotten an advantage by the Irish government.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Judge rejects Harvey Weinstein's $19 million settlement
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014 Credit: Georges Biard (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has rejected a proposed $19 million settlement for the women who accused former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse and harassment. Hellerstein stated the offer failed to compensate many of the victims who allege they were sexually assaulted or raped by Weinstein.

Hellerstein said: "Not every woman was captured in the same way, Your settlement would create inequality among all of those people.".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
$19 million settlement reached in Harvey Weinstein lawsuits
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014 Credit: Georges Biard / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that a $19 million settlement had been reached in a 2018 civil rights lawsuit on behalf of multiple women against former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein.

"Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company failed their female employees. After all the harassment, threats, and discrimination, their victims are finally receiving some justice," so James in a statement. The sum of $18,875,000 will be distributed among "women who experienced a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination while working at The Weinstein Company, as well as sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein."

Douglas H. Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, two attorneys for several of Weinstein's victims called the settlement a "complete sellout" and said they were surprised "that the Attorney General could somehow boast about a proposal that fails on so many different levels."

Regional News • Africa
DR Congo: Vital Kamerhe, President Tshisekedi’s chief of staff, found guilty for corruption
Vital Kamerhe in the Polish Senate
Vital Kamerhe in the Polish Senate Credit: The Chancellery of the Senate of the Republic of Poland / CC BY-SA 3.0 PL (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Chief of staff of the Democratic Republic of Congo Vital Kamerhe was found guilty in $50 million corruption and embezzlement case. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail with forced labour. Kamerhe was also disqualified from voting and holding a public office for ten years and faces financial penalties and confiscations of various assets. Samith Jammal, one of Kamerhe's collaborators, was also jailed.

Regional News • Africa
DR Congo: Judge who presided over president's chief of staff died of stab wounds, not heart attack
Democratic Republic of the Congo President Félix Tshisekedi signs the guest book, at the Department of State, on March 3, 2020
Democratic Republic of the Congo President Félix Tshisekedi signs the guest book, at the Department of State, on March 3, 2020 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

Judge Raphael Yanyi was presiding over the trial of Vital Kamerhe, chief of staff and ally of DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi. Police had reported Yanyi died of a heart attack. An autopsy has found "he died a violent death, due to the blows of sharp points or knife-like objects, which were thrust into his head". The justice ministry has now launched a murder investigation.