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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

  • Former governor to lose pension based on a law he signed

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:52:04 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A legal opinion by the attorney general of Virginia says former Gov. Bob McDonnell's pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor.

  • 2 men arrested in shooting death of California boy in yard

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:49:57 GMT

    HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two men were arrested in the killing of a 4-year-old California boy who was hit by gunfire intended for someone else while playing with a stuffed animal in a relative's front yard, authorities said Friday.

  • Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:47:09 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

  • Jury will hear that man killed by police had been arrested

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:59:12 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge on Friday ruled that a jury can be told limited information about a homeless man's prior arrest in the trial of a former and current officer facing murder charges in his death.

  • U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:57:37 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.

Supreme Court News

  • Today in History

    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:05:09 GMT

    Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2015. There are 164 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.

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

Political News

  • Chicago poised to require breast-feeding rooms at airports

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:58:25 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council is recommending that lactation rooms be placed in every terminal at the city's two major airports.

  • Correction: Colorado Fluoride Debate story

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:53:22 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — In a story July 30 about a debate over adding fluoride to public drinking water, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of the director for the Fluoride Action Network. His name is Paul Connett, not Paul Commett.

  • Former governor to lose pension based on a law he signed

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:52:04 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A legal opinion by the attorney general of Virginia says former Gov. Bob McDonnell's pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor.

  • News Guide: Super PAC backing Cruz gets $10 million donation

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:49:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs as well.

  • U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:57:37 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.