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  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 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.

  • Q&A: Issues, possible legal outcomes in gay marriage cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:24:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

  • Deadly Nevada prison brawl stokes mystery about guards, guns

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:09:10 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — This much is certain: Two handcuffed inmates at one of Nevada's toughest prisons brawled in a hallway, and one ended up dead from several shotgun blasts. The other was declared guilty of murder, even though he never touched a gun.

  • Long odds for insanity defense in theater shooting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:01:59 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The key to the death penalty trial of a man who methodically shot at moviegoers at a Batman movie premiere will be what was going on inside his mind as he threw smoke canisters and then marched up and down the aisles, firing at anyone who tried to flee.

  • Sri Lanka's Parliament debates presidential powers

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:32:53 GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament debated constitutional amendments Monday to clip the extensive powers given to the country's president, a promise President Maithripala Sirisena made in the run up to his January election win.

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

  • Thousands expected at Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:21:12 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police.

  • Deadly Nevada prison brawl stokes mystery about guards, guns

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:09:10 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — This much is certain: Two handcuffed inmates at one of Nevada's toughest prisons brawled in a hallway, and one ended up dead from several shotgun blasts. The other was declared guilty of murder, even though he never touched a gun.

  • Long odds for insanity defense in theater shooting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:01:59 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The key to the death penalty trial of a man who methodically shot at moviegoers at a Batman movie premiere will be what was going on inside his mind as he threw smoke canisters and then marched up and down the aisles, firing at anyone who tried to flee.

  • Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:39:28 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.

  • Australia wants claims against Indonesian judges probed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:21 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

Supreme Court News

  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 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.

  • 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.

Political News

  • Syrian insurgents capture military base in northwest

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:06:38 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic insurgents overran a military base at a converted brick factory in northwestern Syria on Monday, carting off tanks and other weapons in the latest blow to President Bashar Assad's forces in the region, activists said.

  • Spain: PM says economy on track to grow 2.9 pct this year

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:03:43 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister says the country's economy is on track to grow 2.9 percent this year and expand an additional 2.9 percent in 2016.

  • Clinton Foundation acknowledges mistakes in revealing donors

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:28:30 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation says the global philanthropy is working quickly to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors, saying that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are "stronger than ever."

  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 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.

  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:21:30 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran, offering Republican presidential candidates a chance to prove their hawkishness toward Iran and support for Israel.