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  • 911 calls describe harrowing scene after theater shooting

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:54:44 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Several 911 callers describe a harrowing scene at a Louisiana movie theater after a man opened fire during a screening of "Trainwreck," with one pleading for a dispatcher to send more ambulances, according to audio released Thursday.

  • Attorney: Police shot man in head; family to file lawsuit

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:42:46 GMT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a 23-year-old man who was killed by police in Virginia says the medical examiner's report indicates he was shot in the back of the head.

  • Jurors instructed on reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:41:49 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial received instructions Thursday before their next round of deliberations to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders.

  • Saudi Arabia asks NY judge to drop it from Sept. 11 lawsuit

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:37:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Saudi Arabia says that nation had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families.

  • Senator: Md. governor to close Baltimore detention center

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:37:21 GMT

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to immediately shut down a "deplorable" Baltimore jail that was the focus of a federal corruption investigation.

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  • Think Twice Before Crowdfunding as a Litigation Investment

    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......

  • 3 Reasons Attorneys Fail When Speaking to Reporters

    2015-07-29T19:58:05Z

    You're more of a Perry Mason style lawyer than a Johnnie Cochrane, more Clarence Thomas than Antonin Scalia. You save the speechifying for the court room, leave the impassioned arguments in your briefs. But, when it comes to dealing with reporters, you might be doing yourself and your clients a......

  • Data Analytics Gain Ground in Law Firms, but Doubts Remain

    2015-07-29T18:58:09Z

    When it comes to making litigation decisions, lawyers usually depend on their experience, research, and gut instincts, rather than hard data. That's slowly changing, however, as more firms begin to embrace the use of data analytics when deciding how to pursue litigation. Of course, startups and the media have been......

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  • 911 calls describe harrowing scene after theater shooting

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:54:44 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Several 911 callers describe a harrowing scene at a Louisiana movie theater after a man opened fire during a screening of "Trainwreck," with one pleading for a dispatcher to send more ambulances, according to audio released Thursday.

  • Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:52:04 GMT

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday.

  • The Latest: 911 calls describe chaos after theater shooting

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:46:31 GMT

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at a Louisiana movie theater in which a gunman killed two people and then himself (all times local):

  • Virginia State Police complete review of student's arrest

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:44:42 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police have concluded their review of an arrest that injured a University of Virginia student and prompted allegations of racism.

  • Attorney: Police shot man in head; family to file lawsuit

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:42:46 GMT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a 23-year-old man who was killed by police in Virginia says the medical examiner's report indicates he was shot in the back of the head.

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

  • GOP criticizes 'offensive' posts of NC elections appointee

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:46:06 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Party officials say they were unaware of racially tinged social media posts by a man appointed to a county elections board.

  • Attorney: Police shot man in head; family to file lawsuit

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:42:46 GMT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a 23-year-old man who was killed by police in Virginia says the medical examiner's report indicates he was shot in the back of the head.

  • Senator: Md. governor to close Baltimore detention center

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:37:21 GMT

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to immediately shut down a "deplorable" Baltimore jail that was the focus of a federal corruption investigation.

  • US judge rules Greenpeace in contempt for Oregon protest

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:35:44 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangling from a bridge in Oregon continue to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic.

  • Contempt filings dropped against reporters covering Hastert

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:31:02 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two national television reporters cited for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month won't face sanctions after their attorneys apologized to a judge.