NEW YORK (AP) — Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's lawyers asked a judge to throw out a bribery case against him on Tuesday, saying the prosecutor went too far in discussing the case publicly.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department and FBI on Tuesday announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Russian national Evgeniy Bogachev, the highest bounty U.S. authorities have ever offered in a cyber case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also issued a "Wanted" poster for Bogachev, who is charged in the United States with running a computer attack network called GameOver Zeus that allegedly stole more than $100 million from online bank accounts. Bogachev has been charged by federal authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with conspiracy, computer hacking, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering in connection with his alleged role as administrator of GameOver Zeus.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of killing New York boy Etan Patz three decades ago denied any involvement just hours before making a videotaped confession in the high-profile case, a detective testified on Tuesday. Pedro Hernandez had been under police questioning in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Patz for more than five hours when he denied any role, New York Police Detective David Ramirez testified at Hernandez' trial in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Less than two hours later, Hernandez confessed to killing the boy, saying he lured him into a Manhattan deli where he worked with a promise of a soda, strangled him, stuffed him in a bag and dumped him in an alley, police say. Hernandez' defense attorneys say the confession, made in 2012, was coerced and that he is mentally ill and suffers hallucinations.
By Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography was turned into the blockbuster movie "American Sniper," was ambushed from behind when was fatally shot two years ago at a Texas gun range, a forensics expert told a Texas jury on Tuesday. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is accused of killing Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at the range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013 and then fleeing in Kyle's pickup truck. "He absolutely never saw this coming," said crime scene analyst Howard Ryan, who was called by prosecutors as a rebuttal witness.
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - British MI5 officers, wearing wigs and makeup to hide there identities, testified in U.S. court on Tuesday about their surveillance of an accused al Qaeda operative who is charged with plotting an attack in England. The four men and one woman with Britain's domestic counter intelligence agency who testified in federal trial in Brooklyn, New York, of Pakistani-born Abid Naseer were not identified by name, only by number. The officers testified that as part of "Operation: Pathway," they in 2009 observed Naseer and others in Manchester, England, going to a mosque, cyber cafe and the city center. Prosecutors say Naseer, who was arrested that month, used a cyber cafe to send messages to a Pakistan-based al Qaeda facilitator to discuss a plot aimed at a shopping center in Manchester that was never carried out.