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  • 2 Chinese activists face closed-door hearings

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:22:35 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Two closed-door hearings of prominent Chinese activists on Friday were sharply criticized for violating due process and chilling freedom of expression as authorities tighten oversight of public speech.

  • Spanish singer goes to jail for money laundering

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:12:23 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Popular Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja has begun serving a two-year sentence for money laundering after her court appeals were rejected.

  • Emotions rise as people hear immigration plan

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:01:12 GMT

    Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.

  • Does Obama have authority for immigration changes?

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:26:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system is likely to lead to a battle over their legality. Is he on solid legal ground?

  • A look at the numbers in Obama's immigration plan

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:25:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's administrative actions will cover as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Rough estimates of those affected:

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Can Free Consultations Pay Off for Lawyers?

    2014-11-20T18:36:01Z

    Smooth or crunchy? Sean Connery or Roger Moore? Free consultations or no? These are the debates that characterize our times. Because this is a legal blog, we're going to have to save the first two for another blog (although, off the record, the answers are "crunchy" and "Roger Moore"). We're......

  • Why Should Lawyers Care About the 'Serial' Podcast?

    2014-11-20T17:03:01Z

    "Serial" is the hot new podcast that's taking the nation by storm. A spin-off of "This American Life," "Serial" is the story of Adnan Syed, a kid from a Baltimore suburb who was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend in 1999. The show's creator, "TAL" producer Sarah Koenig, was......

  • How Many Lawyers Are on the Ferguson Commission and Who Are They?

    2014-11-20T16:38:01Z

    On Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced 16 people would come together to form the Ferguson Commission, a panel appointed to help the community heal after the shooting death of Michael Brown. According to The Associated Press, two attorneys will sit on the Ferguson commission, along with pastors, a......

  • Mont.'s Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Judge

    2014-11-19T23:20:01Z

    Montana today became the 34th state to permit same-sex marriage after a federal district judge found the state's prohibition on gay marriage unconstitutional. For those keeping score at home, it's now one federal circuit and two district courts in favor of same sex marriage bans, as opposed to four circuits......

  • Michael Lewis Didn't Defame Wing Chau in 'The Big Short': 2nd Cir.

    2014-11-19T19:09:01Z

    Michael Lewis' nonfiction book The Big Short, published in 2011, chronicled the 2008 financial crisis as seen through the eyes of some of the people involved in it, including the hedge fund managers who "shorted" (bet against) the market. In one chapter of the book, Steven Eisman, one of Lewis'......

  • 4th Cir. Denies Stay for S.C. Gay Marriage Ruling

    2014-11-19T17:06:01Z

    There must have been some degree of pearl-clutching from gay marriage opponents on Tuesday, as the Fourth Circuit denied South Carolina's request to stay last week's federal ruling against the state's gay marriage ban. When U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel had struck down the Palmetto State's prohibition on......

Criminal Law News

  • Florida State shooter went from liked to troubled

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:31:43 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State graduate Myron May seemed to change from a well-liked young attorney to would-be killer in a matter of months, stopped only by a fusillade of police bullets outside the library at his alma mater after he opened fire on students who dove between the stacks to escape.

  • Jordan arrests Islamist figure over op-ed piece

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:19:49 GMT

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The spokesman for Jordan's largest opposition group says authorities in the kingdom have arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood official over an op-ed piece critical of the United Arab Emirates.

  • Spanish singer goes to jail for money laundering

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:12:23 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Popular Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja has begun serving a two-year sentence for money laundering after her court appeals were rejected.

  • Cops: Woman killed ex, son on day engagement ended

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:41:42 GMT

    TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) — A woman accused of fatally shooting her fiance and his son on the day he ended their engagement pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.

  • Japan's lower house dissolved for snap election

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:40:11 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament Friday, forcing a snap election in an apparent bid to shore up support for his scandal-plagued government so that he can pursue his policy goals.

Supreme Court News

  • Correction: Billy Joel-Gershwin Prize story

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:53:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about Billy Joel receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, The Associated Press reported erroneously the spelling of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first name. The spelling is Sonia, not Sonya.

  • Justices reject condemned Missouri inmate's appeal

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:31:35 GMT

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Missouri inmate Leon Taylor to halt his execution just hours before the he was scheduled to be put to death.

  • Court gives immigrants in Arizona chance for bail

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:46:12 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a wave of bail hearings for immigrants across Arizona.

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Thomas hints at split

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:59:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas is suggesting that the Supreme Court was divided over whether to hear the gay marriage cases the justices rejected last month.

  • High court won't toss ruling on Ariz. no-bail law

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:27:53 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a wave of bail hearings for immigrants across Arizona.

Political News

  • Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:46:33 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City's main square.

  • 2 Chinese activists face closed-door hearings

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:22:35 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Two closed-door hearings of prominent Chinese activists on Friday were sharply criticized for violating due process and chilling freedom of expression as authorities tighten oversight of public speech.

  • Jordan arrests Islamist figure over op-ed piece

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:19:49 GMT

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The spokesman for Jordan's largest opposition group says authorities in the kingdom have arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood official over an op-ed piece critical of the United Arab Emirates.

  • Hitler's art: Painting by future Fuehrer for sale

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:14:33 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A 100-year-old watercolor of Munich's old city hall is expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros ($60,000) at auction this weekend, not so much for its artistic value as for the signature in the bottom left corner: A. Hitler.

  • Chinese state media give profs a chilling warning

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:03:14 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Over two weeks, the Communist Party-run Liaoning Daily newspaper sent reporters to sit in on dozens of university lectures all over the country looking for what the paper said were professors "being scornful of China."

Trending Legal News

  • First safety-defect trial set for 2016; GM will try to settle

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:06:17 GMT

    There are many reasons for car accidents in Florida. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers and sleepy drivers all create dangers on the road. But when it is a defect in the car itself, and it appears that it could have...

  • Alimony and spousal support: Understanding the basics

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:57:15 GMT

    It is important to understand that spousal support and alimony are not the same thing, and both are independent of any child support considerations. While spousal support is generally temporary and ordered as way to help one party have...

  • How does Illinois reduce truck accidents in oversize loads?

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:54:45 GMT

    It goes without saying that commercial tractor-trailers are inherently dangerous due to their enormous size and weight. However, there are also some instances where commercial trucks are allowed a special permission to operate in configurations that make them even...

  • What are your rights if questioned by police or arrested?

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:44:30 GMT

    Being stopped and questioned by the police is a frightening experience, whether you have done anything wrong or not. In the moment it is happening, few of us are fully aware of our rights. Some people say too much,...

  • Criminal Defense history: Jackson daces molestation charges

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:41:35 GMT

    This week marks the 11th anniversary of Michael Jackson being accused of child molestation in criminal court on Nov. 19, 2003. It was not the first time Jackson faced molestation charges, either. Jackson was accused of child molestation in...