News briefs – Legal edition

Developer’s contributions trigger complaint
A watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against a Maryland developer. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington complaint is against Edward St. John and six of his employees. A call to St. John’s Baltimore-based business seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned. The complaint asks the FERC to investigate more than $60,000 in contributions to the Maryland Republican State Central Committee and the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign of Michael Steele, now the Republican National Committee chairman. The Maryland state prosecutor’s office fined St. John $55,000 in civil penalties last year for making contributions through third parties to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, also a Democrat.

Sentence extended for threatening judges
A murder convict upset that he wasn’t given a death sentence has been sentenced to three more years in prison for mailing threatening letters to three judges. Ronald Allen Wilson, 52, was sentenced Monday in Wicomico County after prosecutors read jurors parts of threatening letters from Wilson to the judges and others. In one, Wilson said society had the right “to send me to death, which is what I truly wanted.” Wilson was convicted of murdering his mother-in-law more than two decades ago, and was sentenced to life with all but 40 years suspended.

Biden relatives win
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son and brother over their 2006 purchase of a hedge fund firm, saying an investor failed to be specific enough in claiming that they underhandedly shoehorned him out of the deal. Stephane Farouze didn’t lay out his allegations against Hunter Biden and James Biden “with any meaningful degree of particularity,” Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Bernard J. Fried wrote in an order filed Friday. Farouze, now the London-based global head of fund derivatives for Deutsche Bank, filed his $10 million suit against the Bidens and their former business associate Anthony Lotito Jr. in 2008. Farouze said they schemed to gain control of his interest in the investment concern, Paradigm Cos. LLC, without buying him out. The Bidens’ camp said Farouze never really owned the roughly 31 percent share he offered to sell them.

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