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  • Man convicted in murder, dismemberment seeks new trial

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:17 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man convicted in the death and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street dancer is seeking a new trial, citing a history of mental illness and three failed requests for a mistrial during his proceedings.

  • Patients having their say at sentencing for cancer doctor

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:50:59 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Patients and their relatives are telling a judge how a Detroit-area cancer doctor spoiled their lives with excessive treatments and misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.

  • Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:49:48 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.

  • Prosecutors seek 3½ years in prison for ex-Auschwitz guard

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:23:13 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 3½-year prison sentence for a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, saying his role there made him an accessory to murder.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:37:17 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: Legal Blogs

  • Shark Week: A Brief History of the Lawyer as Shark


    It's time for Discovery's Shark Week again, the annual celebration of all things cold-blooded, sharp toothed, and, well, sharky. FindLaw is jumping on the bandwagon, celebrating the shark in all lawyers. Even though Shark Week is in its 28th year, lawyers have been called sharks even longer -- for......

  • From Lawyer to Politician: Pros and Cons of Running for Office


    Abraham Lincoln got his start as a lawyer. Then again, so did Nixon. In fact, more than half of the U.S. Presidents have been lawyers. Working as an attorney is still one of the most common paths to political office, with 37 percent of the House and 57 percent of......

  • 3 Metrics to Live By: How to Evaluate Your Legal Department's Performance


    Whether you're a legal department of one or in charge of a behemoth in-house team, managing a legal department is no easy task -- especially if you're doing it blindly. How exactly do you track your performance or know if you are maximizing your department's resources? Metrics, of course.......

  • Is It Time to Change Your Company's Non-Compete Clauses?


    No company likes to lose valuable employees -- given how much it costs to hire, train, and develop employees, pretty much all of them are valuable. What's worse is when a skilled employee leaves to work for the competition. As Chris Brown so eloquently put it, highly skilled professionals......

  • California Adopts Strong New Vaccination Law, Removes Exemptions


    Oh how the tides have turned. California, once a bastion for anti-vaccination activists, adopted one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country this week. On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the new legislation, which requires all children attending public schools to be vaccinated against polio, measles, hepatitis B......

  • LAPD Can't Search Hotel Registries Without a Warrant, Court Rules


    Your local No Tell Motel can truly live up to its name, thanks to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court. Last week, the High Court gave a wink and nod to secret lovers and hotel clerks throughout the land, ruling that laws allowing police to inspect hotel registries......

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  • SC Senate gives final OK to Confederate flag removal

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:57:48 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol.

  • Patients having their say at sentencing for cancer doctor

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:50:59 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Patients and their relatives are telling a judge how a Detroit-area cancer doctor spoiled their lives with excessive treatments and misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.

  • 13 coffins: Italy buries 1st bodies from migrant shipwreck

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:28:34 GMT

    CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Italy on Tuesday buried 13 of the hundreds of migrants who perished when a smugglers' fishing boat capsized and sank in the Mediterranean Sea, paying tribute to the victims in coffins adorned with roses. They were the first bodies retrieved in an Italian navy operation involving deep-sea divers and robots.

  • Little information released on shooting deaths of 4 in SC

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:57:49 GMT

    ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Officials are releasing little information about the shooting deaths of four people at a South Carolina home, stopping short of calling the incident a murder-suicide even though authorities have said they weren't seeking a suspect after discovering the bodies.

  • Spain: Police arrest woman for recruiting young girls for IS

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:42:59 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a woman suspected of recruiting pre-teen girls and teenagers to send to areas controlled by the Islamic State armed group in Syria.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

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