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Erik Larson
For Erik Larson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Michael Cohen, former lawyer for Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump departs his home in Manhattan to testify in Trump's criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in New York on Monday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
May 14, 2024
Michael Cohen testimony ties Trump to hush money payment
Cohen's account of Trump directing the falsification of financial records is potentially the most damaging testimony against the former president so far.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and his attorney, Todd Blanche, at Manhattan criminal court in New York on Tuesday. Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged scheme to silence claims of extramarital sexual encounters during his 2016 presidential campaign.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
May 8, 2024
Trump’s private life exposed in intimate Stormy Daniels testimony
The remarkable testimony is the latest example of how Trump’s dealings with women are coming back to haunt him in court.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom during his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on Monday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 7, 2023
Trump shouts from witness stand in $250 million civil fraud trial
The former U.S. president appeared visibly angry and sometimes shouted over questions, accusing the judge next to him of being "biased."
Former U.S. President Donald Trump makes his way inside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in New York on April 4. Trump was indicted on Monday over his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election — the most serious legal threat yet to the former president as he campaigns to return to the White House.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 2, 2023
Trump charged with conspiracy for efforts to overturn 2020 election
The indictment alleges Trump knowingly spread lies about the election in order to undermine public faith in the vote and remain in power.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Apr 26, 2023
Trump rape trial renews focus on his treatment of women
The trial of a civil suit by New York author E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her in the 1990s, started Tuesday in Manhattan with jury selection and opening statements.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 4, 2023
The Murdoch empire — and Fox News — is at a crossroads
Just how influential Rupert Murdoch remains looms large in Republican circles ahead of what portends to be a contentious 2024 U.S. presidential primary race.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2022
New York suit threatens to uproot Trump from his hometown and business legacy
As well as pursuing the former U.S. president for alleged inflation of asset values, the city's attorney general also seeks to ban his three oldest children from running a corporation there.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 10, 2022
Trump search was unprecedented, but records case will be tough
While the raid is 'uncharted territory” for the U.S., it isn't a foregone conclusion that Trump is in serious legal jeopardy.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 20, 2022
Biden weighs mask mandate appeal that may be fruitless — or worse
The federal court ruling scuttling the requirement has posed a difficult legal and political calculus for the U.S. Justice Department and for President Joe Biden.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 24, 2022
Top Donald Trump probe prosecutors quit from Manhattan district attorney office
The two prosecutors leading the Manhattan district attorney's criminal case against the former U.S. president's real-estate company resigned unexpectedly.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 4, 2022
Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. subpoenaed in asset probe
The eldest children of former U.S. President Donald Trump have filed a joint motion in New York state court to block the subpoenas.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 7, 2021
Texas abortion law put on hold after Biden legal challenge
The ruling means medical professionals can once again offer abortions in the state after about six weeks of pregnancy without fear of being sued by members of the public, at least for now.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Apr 15, 2021
For victims of Bernie Madoff, 'tragedy goes on’ after scammer’s death
Madoff's death in prison doesn't change much for his victims, many of whom are still waiting to be made whole on their share of $20 billion that vanished.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 2, 2020
U.S. prosecutors probe suspected effort to buy a presidential pardon
The disclosure of an alleged attempt to purchase a pardon comes as the term of U.S. President Donald Trump winds to an end, which is traditionally a time when pardons are meted out.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 12, 2020
Biden set to ‘undo the Trump years’ with civil rights pivot
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department is headed for a dramatic makeover under President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to make racial equality a centerpiece of his agenda.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 8, 2019
Exxon calls New York climate case a 'joke' on last day of trial
A lawyer for Exxon Mobil Corp. mocked New York's fraud lawsuit against the oil giant, saying the state had falsely accused engineers and scientists of cooking up a massive scheme to mislead investors about the financial risks of climate change.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 6, 2019
Trump accuser Summer Zervos says phone records bolster her assault claim
A former reality-TV star who claims Donald Trump sexually assaulted her at a private dinner meeting more than a decade ago said newly unsealed phone records disclosed as part of her defamation lawsuit against the president corroborate elements of her story.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 7, 2018
U.S. judge slams Trump administration practice of separating children from parents seeking asylum
The Trump administration has failed to kill a legal challenge to its practice of separating undocumented parents and children entering the U.S. to flee persecution at home, with a judge handing an early victory to civil rights activists who say the policy is unconstitutional and cruel.

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