On the front page of The Weekend Telegram: A U.S. judge ruled last month that some aspects of a civil lawsuit alleging bribery and obstruction of justice on the part of several non-profit organizations, including one frequently critical of the Canadian seal hunt, can proceed through the court system. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is among those defendants named in a suit filed by Feld Entertainment Inc., a company that produces a number of live shows, some of which use circus animals.
In an earlier case, several non-profit organizations accused Feld Entertainment of violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) through its use of Asian elephants. Feld Entertainment won the case and filed a counter-suit against the plaintiffs and their lawyers, alleging certain payments were in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The company also alleged that organizations lied and misled donors in seeking funds to pay for legal fees associated with the initial suit.
In a decision rendered on July 9, Judge Emmet Sullivan granted the dismissal of claims made under the RICO Act in relation to mail and wire fraud, but allowed other allegations to stand.
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Inside Saturday’s print edition:
• If a tree falls in the forest, does anyone hear it? If it’s at the Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre, the answer is yes: archeologists hear it and come running for their first chance to dig at the site since the mid-1980s.
• Artistic Fraud founder Jillian Keiley — poised to take over as director of the National Arts Centre’s English theatre program — takes a moment to catch up with Telegram readers in the latest instalment of 20 Questions.
• Arts reporter Tara Bradbury speaks to the makers of “Till We Meet Again” a new documentary exploring Moravian music in Labrador.
• Restaurant critic Karl Wells casts his eyes — and taste buds — on the Klondyke Steakhouse.
• Outdoors columnist Paul Smith turns his sights on getting ready for big game hunting season.
• And gardening columnist Janice Wells poinders the importance of soil.
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