Alanna Durkin Richer

  • Attorney Jun 6, 2019

    Opioid Maker Agrees to Pay $225M to Settle Federal Probes

    An opioid manufacturer has agreed to pay $225 million to resolve federal investigations into allegations that it paid kickbacks and used other illegal marketing tactics to sell a powerful fentanyl spray, authorities said Wednesday. The settlement stems from criminal and civil probes into Insys Therapeutics Inc.’s scheme to pay doctors in exchange for prescriptions of the drug meant for cancer...

  • Attorney May 3, 2019

    Mother Who Paid $6.5 Million to College Scammer Says She Was Duped

    The mother of a Chinese family that made the largest payment to the ringleader of the college admissions scandal claims she was led to believe the money would go toward helping underprivileged students and that her daughter was already accepted into Stanford University three weeks before the $6.5 million donation. In a statement released by a Hong Kong lawyer representing...

  • New York Apr 3, 2019

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Appear in Boston Court for College Admissions Scam

    Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in Boston federal court on Wednesday to face charges that they participated in a wide-ranging college admissions cheating scam. The actresses, along with Loughlin’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of others, were charged last month in a scheme in which authorities say parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe college coaches and...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Mar 28, 2019

    Ex-Yale Coach Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

    The former women’s soccer coach at Yale University has pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for pretending that applicants were recruits for his team. Rudy Meredith pleaded guilty in Boston federal court on Thursday to wire fraud and conspiracy charges. He is the third person to plead guilty in the wide-ranging school admissions scandal in which authorities say parents...

  • Attorney General Feb 1, 2019

    Family Made Billions on Opioid as Crisis Raged, Filing Says

    The family behind OxyContin raked in billions of dollars as it pushed to keep patients on the powerful painkiller longer despite evidence that the drug was helping to fuel the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, Massachusetts authorities allege in newly public court documents. While aggressively marketing OxyContin, the Sackler family also sought to profit off the drug abuse crisis its company...

  • JUDGE Dec 27, 2018

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon Bomber Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev Want Death Sentence Tossed

    Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev say his death sentence should be tossed because the judge’s refusal to move the case out of the city where the bombs exploded made it impossible for him to get a fair trial. Tsarnaev’s legal team said in a 500-page brief filed Thursday in the 1st U.S. District Court of Appeals that there...

  • Massachusetts Dec 12, 2018

    Ex-Judges to ICE: End Immigration Arrests at Courthouses

    Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained. Nearly 70 former judges from 23 states — including federal judges and state supreme court justices...

  • California Sep 28, 2018

    As a Teen, Kavanaugh Was Never a Legal Drinker in Maryland

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has readily acknowledged that he often drank beer during his prep school days and made a point in his congressional testimony that seniors could buy beer legally in Maryland at the age of 18....
    But Kavanaugh was never a legal drinker in that state when he was a high schooler — he was still 17 when...

  • Facebook Sep 20, 2018

    Women Supporting Kavanaugh Find Themselves in Storm’s Center

    It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high school friend Brett Kavanaugh as someone who “has always...

  • DONALD TRUMP Sep 6, 2018

    Lawsuit Seeks Payout for Immigrant Families Separated at Border

    Lawyers are seeking to force President Donald Trump’s administration to pay for the mental health treatment of immigrant children they say are suffering lingering emotional effects from being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. A federal class-action lawsuit filed late Wednesday seeks unspecified monetary damages on behalf of children who were detained away from their parents after the...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jul 23, 2018

    Judge Denies Trump Bid to Toss Immigration Protections Case

    A federal judge on Monday denied the Trump administration’s bid to throw out a lawsuit that alleges its decision to end special protections shielding Haitian, Salvadoran and Honduran immigrants from deportation was racially motivated. U.S. District Judge Denise Casper’s ruling means the case that seeks to block the administration from terminating temporary protected status for thousands of immigrants from those...

  • Attorney Jun 22, 2018

    ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme, Co-Defendant Found Guilty of Murder

    An 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep him from ratting out the mobster to authorities in 1993, all but ensuring the once-feared and powerful gangster will die behind bars.

  • Attorney Apr 4, 2018

    Boston Sued Over 2016 Deadly Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man

    The mother of a black man fatally shot by Boston police filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the city of failing to properly train officers on how to deal with people with mental illnesses. Terrence Coleman, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was killed in 2016 after his mother called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital. Police and…

  • DONALD TRUMP Mar 15, 2018

    Civil Rights Groups Call for End to Courthouse ICE Detentions

    Civil rights and indigent defense groups asked Massachusetts’ highest court Thursday to stop federal agents from arresting immigrants targeted for deportation at courthouses, saying the practice is scaring victims, witnesses and others away from halls of justice.

  • Facebook Feb 7, 2018

    Report: Social Media Surveillance by Boston Police Unfairly Targeted Muslims

    A social media monitoring tool used by the Boston Police Department to identify potential threats swept up the posts of people using the hashtag (hash)MuslimLivesMatter and a lawmaker’s Facebook update about racial inequality, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

  • Attorney Jan 31, 2018

    Pharmacist in Meningitis Outbreak Gets 8 Years in Prison

    A Massachusetts pharmacist convicted in connection with a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak fought through sobs as he apologized to victims and their families Wednesday before being sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in what’s considered the worst public health crisis in recent U.S. history. Nearly 80 people died and almost 800 were sickened in the fungal meningitis...

  • JUDGE Dec 19, 2017

    Man Convicted of Leading an ISIS-Inspired Plot Sentenced to 28 Years

    A Massachusetts man convicted of leading an ISIS-inspired plot to behead a conservative blogger is scheduled to be sentenced.

  • spokeswoman Nov 21, 2017

    Hulu Sued Over Lack of Audio Track for Blind People

    Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind and visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies. The federal lawsuit filed in Boston on Monday accuses Hulu of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to make its services accessible to blind customers....

  • director Nov 9, 2017

    Researcher: Hernandez’s Brain Severely Affected by Disease

    Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered substantial damage to parts of the brain that affect memory, judgment and behavior from the most severe case of a degenerative disease linked to head blows ever found in someone so young, a researcher said Thursday. Dr. Ann McKee, director of Boston University’s CTE Center, stressed that she could not “connect the...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 26, 2017

    Thousands of JFK Documents Released, But Trump Withholds Others

    President Donald Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others. “I have no choice,” Trump said in a memo, citing “potentially irreversible harm” to national security if he were to allow all...

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