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  • Bad Dog's Bad Drug-Sniffing Skills Are Good Enough for 7th Cir

    2015-07-30T20:18:19Z

    Lex, the drug-sniffing dog, has been a very bad boy. No, Lex didn't bite anyone. He never peed on the carpet or tore apart an officer's shoe. Rather, Lex sniffed drugs on just about everyone he encountered -- whether there were drugs present or not. Lex's nose was just about......

  • Clients Want Artificial Intelligence and They Want It Soon-ish

    2015-07-30T18:59:02Z

    Move over pink brains, the new legal smarts are contained within circuit boards and transistors, not flesh -- or so techno-futurists claim. Those same voices are now loudly predicting the integration of artificial intelligence into legal practice. Of course, machine intelligence is nothing new. Commentators have long said technology will......

  • Think Twice Before Using Crowdfunding and Litigation Investments

    2015-07-30T17:58:16Z

    We're in the middle of a crowdfunding golden age. Individuals have raised thousands of dollars to make potato salad ($55,000), create inflatable Lionel Richie sculptures ($12,500), and conduct a squirrel census ($9,000). When it comes to fundraising, it seems like people are just giving money away. Should lawyers and litigants......

  • Weed Lawyers Can Be Weed Sellers, Washington State Bar Says

    2015-07-30T15:43:07Z

    The Evergreen State just got a little greener, at least for lawyers. The Washington State Bar Association gave attorneys the, ahem, green light to use weed and operate marijuana-related businesses, just three years after Washington voters legalized recreational use. This makes Washington the first state to not only allow attorney......

  • Wills Can Be Amended After Death, Cal Supreme Court Rules

    2015-07-29T22:07:06Z

    Finally, that LLM you got in Zombie Law is about to pay off! The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that wills may be amended post-mortem. That's a drastic shift from the categorical bar against modifying an unambiguous will. Of course, those wishing to amend their wills after death won't......

  • In-House Counsel Hate California. Here's Why

    2015-07-29T21:57:11Z

    California dreams are often more like nightmares for many in-house counsel. In-house counsel have a largely negative view of the state's litigation and regulatory climate, according to a new survey by the law firm Archer Norris. In-house lawyers perceive litigation as a greater risk in California than other states. The......

Criminal Law News

  • Police: Messages for No. 1 Mafioso hidden in Sicilian soil

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:56:05 GMT

    ROME (AP) — The No. 1 Cosa Nostra fugitive communicates with henchmen using written messages buried in dirt or hidden under boulders on sheep ranches and comes and goes from Sicily, possibly thanks to high-level protection, investigators said Monday after nabbing some of his alleged accomplices.

  • The Latest: Theater shooting jury decides sentencing step

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:41:37 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

  • National Park Service buries report on effigy mounds scandal

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:41:04 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The National Park Service has shelved a blistering internal report that details a "decade of dysfunction" as the agency allowed dozens of illegal construction projects to cause significant damage to an ancient Iowa burial ground that Indian tribes consider sacred.

  • Prosecutor: White officer panicked before shooting black man

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:40:34 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A white Charlotte police officer on trial for the on-duty killing of a black man panicked and didn't identify himself or give any commands before shooting 12 times at the agitated man seeking help in an unfamiliar neighborhood after a car crash, a prosecutor said during opening statements Monday.

  • The Latest: Texas GOP says charges part of 'sloppy process'

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:39:45 GMT

    McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The latest on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been charged with felony securities fraud (all times local):

Supreme Court News

  • Today in History

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:00:47 GMT

    Today is Monday, August 3, the 215th day of 2015. There are 150 days left in the year.

  • Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

    Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:54:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.

  • Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk's same-sex marriage case

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:32:27 GMT

    ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official in Kentucky can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Resistance to gay marriages travels a well-worn path

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:03:43 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In 1967, Liane Peters, an immigrant from Germany, fell in love with a quiet, handsome man she worked with at a Miami bakery. The couple went together to the Dade County courthouse and asked for a marriage license. But she was white and he was black, and a county judge turned them away.

  • Justice sent home after heart stent implanted

    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:19:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.

Political News

  • House GOP says it has the votes to disapprove of Iran deal

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:46:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans said Monday that they have the votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped of their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran.

  • UK state to start selling shares in nationalized bank RBS

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:40:44 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief has authorized the sale of its stake in taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland — the first step in recovering money from Britain's costliest-ever bank rescue.

  • Prosecutor: White officer panicked before shooting black man

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:40:34 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A white Charlotte police officer on trial for the on-duty killing of a black man panicked and didn't identify himself or give any commands before shooting 12 times at the agitated man seeking help in an unfamiliar neighborhood after a car crash, a prosecutor said during opening statements Monday.

  • The Latest: Texas GOP says charges part of 'sloppy process'

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:39:45 GMT

    McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The latest on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been charged with felony securities fraud (all times local):

  • Turkey, Kurd rebels gear up for return to all-out conflict

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:35:37 GMT

    LICE, Turkey (AP) — The military helicopters swooped in over the Kurdish heartland and dropped white incendiary powder on a raging brush fire — igniting a massive conflagration that raced through the mountains, devouring orchards and livestock. For Kurds living in nearby Lice, the recent Turkish operation brought back memories of the traumatic days in the 1990s when the army twice burned the town to the ground.