PRIMA RiskWatch
Feb. 4, 2010

Don't miss PRIMA's next webinar on wrongful conviction!
On Feb. 24, attorneys from Wiley Rein LLP will discuss wrongful conviction/wrongful incarceration lawsuits, a variety of issues associated with these cases and explain how they can lead to very large jury verdicts or significant settlements. The webinar will include details on what an entity can expect if they become involved in a civil defense associated with a high profile wrongful conviction case. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the significant resources, awards and costs associated with these cases and how your entity can be impacted. Bring your questions with you! Register today at

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Terrorism trials could move away from Manhattan
Los Angeles Times
Reacting to rising criticism from New York officials and both Democrats and Republicans in Washington, the Justice Department began considering sites for the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other top Al Qaeda operatives away from the shadow of the toppled World Trade Center.More

Lawmakers protest proposed Coast Guard cuts
Homeland Security Insight & Analysis
Members of Congress have criticized proposed reductions to the budget of the U.S. Coast Guard in the past several days, saying the fiscal 2011 budget proposal introduced by the White House could leave the Coast Guard without the necessary resources to fulfill its responsibilities.More

Yemeni tankers get OK in Boston harbor
The Boston Globe
The Coast Guard said that it will allow tankers carrying liquefied natural gas from Yemen into Boston Harbor despite concerns about the cargo coming from a country that has been called a haven for terrorists.More

St. Louis City Council approves demolition of former church
The Herald News
A group hoping to build a Portuguese culture museum at the St. Louis Church has won approval to demolish the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but has fallen into disrepair.More

Spartanburg law enforcers confident of keeping security at magistrate court in South Carolina
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Spartanburg, S.C. law enforcement officials said they are confident that Spartanburg County's courtroom security program can handle its current workload. Sheriff's offices across South Carolina have voiced concerns that a recent state Supreme Court ruling might stretch their already strained budgets if they are required to put deputies in hundreds of magistrate courtrooms.More

Utah lawmakers kill bill that would allow cyclists to run red lights
New West
Utah is the latest Rocky Mountain state to consider this sticky question: Should it be legal for cyclists to run red lights — after, of course, they've slowed and looked for cars? It's legal in Idaho and has been since 1982. And, it was on its way in Utah as well. Until the liability problem came up. More

Planes with maintenance problems have flown anyway
USA Today
During the past six years, millions of passengers have been on at least 65,000 U.S. airline flights that shouldn't have taken off because planes weren't properly maintained, a six-month USA Today investigation has found. The investigation — which included an analysis of government fines against airlines for maintenance violations and penalty letters sent to them that were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act — reveals that substandard repairs, unqualified mechanics and lax oversight by airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration are not unusual.More

Multnomah County Sheriff in Oregon, address public safety committee on jails audit
The Oregonian
Sheriff Dan Staton went before Multnomah County's Local Public Safety Coordinating Council in Oregon to talk about how he intends to address recommendations for $16 million in cost-savings from an annual citizen's panel that reviews the jails.More