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  • Storied NYC college awaits results of attorney general probe

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:15:12 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — First came a hotly-debated decision by Cooper Union to start charging its students after being tuition-free for generations.

  • Guide to the Colorado theater shooting trial

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:13:17 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:

  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers prepare case for life

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:12:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack.

  • Key events in path to trial for Colorado theater shooter

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:08:54 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key dates in the life of James Holmes, on trial in the 2012 Colorado theater shooting:

  • 'Batman' killer studied brain disorders before mass murder

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:55:25 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • He's the One! In Court ID Not a 'One Man Lineup,' 1st Cir. Rules

    2015-04-24T18:55:38Z

    It was a drug smuggling conspiracy straight out of a pulp novel -- or telenovella. For two years, Manuel "El Boss" Santana-Cabrera sent drug couriers on flights from San Juan to Philadelphia and New York. The couriers would check in with regular luggage, which airport workers would swap out......

  • I'm Drowning Here: What to Do When You Have Too Much Business

    2015-04-24T19:57:57Z

    In terms of First World Problems, complaining about having too much work is almost as bad as worrying that you have too much money. But, as any lawyer knows, work is work and having too much of it can detrimentally impact your cases and practice, not to mention your......

  • 3 Things to Know About Loretta Lynch, Our New Attorney General

    2015-04-24T19:09:01Z

    More than 50 days after she was nominated, Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday and became the nation's first African American, female attorney general. That wait was longer than the past seven most recent AGs combined, according to CNN, a result of a fight between President......

  • Family of Michael Brown Sues Ferguson, Darren Wilson

    2015-04-24T19:02:56Z

    Michael Brown's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson and the former officer that shot and killed the teen in August 2014. The civil lawsuit, asking for $75,000 in compensation as well as punitive damages was filed in St. Louis County on Thursday. The......

  • Water Rate Plan Illegal -- Decision Could Weaken Drought Measures

    2015-04-24T16:06:02Z

    In a decision that could undermine California's ability to respond to increasingly dire drought conditions, a state appellate court has ruled that San Juan Capistrano cannot implement tiered water rates that are not based on the cost of service provision. Under the city's plan, the rate charged for water......

  • 5 Ways Judges Can Improve Judicial Opinions

    2015-04-23T21:58:18Z

    We love judges, but sometimes, they rub us the wrong way with some bad habits they have in their opinions. Judicial decisions, especially from appellate courts, are working documents for trial and appellate lawyers, who have to cite them for precedent. Unfortunately, judges can do things that make life tough......

Criminal Law News

  • Film to probe Newark schoolyard murders' toll on family

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:21:28 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For what seemed a small eternity, Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark's 2007 schoolyard killings, when a group of men and boys, including one who turned 15 that day, lined up her college-bound daughter and two friends and shot them each in the back of the head.

  • France detains second suspect in thwarted attack probe

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:26:49 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French officials say a second man has been detained in an investigation into an alleged plot to attack a church near Paris.

  • Guide to the Colorado theater shooting trial

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:13:17 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:

  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers prepare case for life

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:12:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack.

  • 'Batman' killer studied brain disorders before mass murder

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:55:25 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

Supreme Court News

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:40:25 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings.

  • Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:19:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

  • High court makes it easier to sue government for negligence

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:14:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for people to sue the federal government for negligence, in a decision that could affect military veterans with claims of medical malpractice.

  • Justices: Police can't extend traffic stop awaiting drug dog

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:57:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that police may not extend an ordinary traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted officers to pull a vehicle over.

  • High court: Energy companies must face price fixing claims

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:43:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.

Political News

  • Fighting rages in Yemen's 3rd-largest city, strikes continue

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:39:37 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Deadly street battles raged in Yemen's third-largest city on Sunday, as airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels struck targets in several cities, security officials said.

  • No time to lose: Global response to Nepal quake gears up

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:37:29 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — There is still time to save lives — that's why governments and aid agencies Sunday rushed doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal without waiting for the dust to settle.

  • NYPD's Bratton: Less tension between city officials, union

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:34:54 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says there's "much less tension" between the police union and city officials now than there was in the aftermath of the chokehold death of a Staten Island man last year.

  • Moderate Akinci leads Turkish Cypriot leadership election

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:33:53 GMT

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Challenger Mustafa Akinci has opened up an unassailable lead over incumbent hard-liner Dervis Eroglu in a runoff election to determine the next leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

  • Activists: Syrian air raids kill 34 in northwestern town

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:15:20 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government aircraft pounded opposition-held areas in the country's northwest on Sunday, killing at least 34 in one strike on a town near the Turkish border, activists said.