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  • 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

  • Indonesia gives 72-hour notice for executions

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:58:43 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.

  • Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:35:30 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

  • Indonesia gives 72-hour executions notice

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:16:34 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.

  • Acting police chief, civilian killed in southern Afghanistan

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:37:25 GMT

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a gunman shot and killed an acting police chief and a civilian in the southern Uruzgan province.

  • Remains of Michigan woman last seen at Halloween party found

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:57:23 GMT

    ASH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The skeletal remains found at a home construction site in southeastern Michigan are those of a 22-year-old woman who went missing last fall after attending a Halloween party, a medical examiner's spokesman said Saturday.

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

  • Syrian air raids target rebel-held town in northwest

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:55:51 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian military aircraft bombed the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour on Sunday, a day after insurgents seized control of it as part of a broader offensive that has left government forces in the area reeling.

  • German, French rescue teams on way to Nepal

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:52:45 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A German rescue organization and the French government said on Sunday they are sending rescue and relief teams to Nepal, where a massive earthquake left more than 2,000 dead.

  • Togo counts votes as president seeks third term

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:52:24 GMT

    LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo's election officials added up results Sunday after voting in the presidential election that appeared to have a low turnout.

  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:50:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it.

  • Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:43:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape.