Abu Hamza al-Masri Convicted, Led Zeppelin Facing Lawsuit

Muslim Cleric Convicted
Abu Hamza al-Masri, a Muslim cleric who preached at London’s Finsbury Park Mosque in the 1990s, was convicted in the U.S. of supporting al-Qaeda. A jury in Manhattan federal court found Abu Hamza guilty of 11 counts, including an attempt to build a terrorist camp in Oregon. He faces up to a life term in prison. Sentencing is set for September 9.

Suit Against Porsche by Widow of Driver in Paul Walker Crash
The widow of Roger Rodas is suing Porsche alleging that flaws in the Carrera GT driven by her late husband caused the fatal accident late last year. The crash also killed actor Paul Walker who was a passenger. Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos is representing Kristina Rodas. Speaking to Doug McIntyre on KABC in Los Angeles, Geragos said the vehicle was travelling much slower than what had been reported. "[T]he car was at most going 55 miles per hour," Geragos maintains, probably slightly less than that. Geragos also says that there was also a failure with the car's steering mechanism.

Led Zeppelin Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
The group Led Zeppelin is facing allegations that they stole the idea for the song "Stairway to Heaven.” According to the Guardian, the trust for Randy California, the late lead singer of the band "Spirit", is preparing a lawsuit against Zeppelin. The suit argues that the song is based on Spirit’s 1968 instrumental song “Taurus." Zeppelin toured with Spirit in 1968 and 1969. During that time, “Taurus” was frequently included in the band’s performances. Jimmy Page wrote “Stairway to Heaven” a year later. . A story in Forbes discusses the legal issues in the case.

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