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  • Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:55:14 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty.

  • Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. Schock's seat

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:49:26 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to comply with federal voting law.

  • Health providers' stand could invite other execution methods

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:02:25 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — With the American Pharmacists Association taking a stance this week, the medical community is now united in its opposition to playing any role in capital punishment killings.

  • Congressman's son a defendant in fraternity-death lawsuits

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:49:33 GMT

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The son of U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Del., is one of five defendants in two lawsuits seeking at least $50 million stemming from the death of a Clemson University fraternity pledge.

  • Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:32:52 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 10th Cir. OKs Exclusion of 700 Pages of Nonconforming Docs

    2015-03-31T20:57:35Z

    Calling something a legal "technicality" is like calling a judge an "activist" or, in George Orwell's formulation, anyone a "fascist." The word doesn't mean anything except "I don't like that person." In the law, "technicality" just means "I lost." The Tenth Circuit emphasized the importance of process, though, as it......

  • Nonresident N.Y. Lawyers Must Have Physical Office

    2015-03-31T18:57:00Z

    Must nonresident attorneys keep a physical office in the State of New York in order to practice there? Ekaterina Schoenefeld, a lawyer licensed in both New York and New Jersey, was surprised to find out that was the case after attending a CLE class in New York City. She was......

  • Prosecutors Respond in McDonnell Corruption Appeal

    2015-03-31T18:50:14Z

    Federal prosecutors filed their first response to an appeal by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell on Thursday. McDonnell was convicted of 11 counts of public corruption last September, relating from his relationship with a Richmond businessman who had given him over $177,000 in loans and gifts. McDonnell contends that......

  • TX. Judge Halts Same-Sex Federal Family and Medical Leave

    2015-03-31T19:50:07Z

    A federal judge in Texas has put a stop to the Obama administration's plans to expand coverage of Family and Medical Leave Act protections to married same-sex couples, at least temporarily. Judge Reed O'Connor, in the District Court for the Northern District of Texas, ordered the government to stay......

  • EPA at the Forefront in Two D.C. Cir. Cases

    2015-03-31T16:15:44Z

    When it comes to federal regulation, the D.C. Circuit is arguably the most important court in the nation. Not only does it see more cases challenging government rulemaking, it throws out those rules regularly -- at a rate significantly higher than any other circuit. The EPA is no stranger......

  • Opinion Isn't Fact: SCOTUS Reverses 6th Cir on Securities Fraud

    2015-03-31T16:05:51Z

    When is an opinion that turns out to be wrong an untrue statement of fact? Only when it is not sincerely held, the Supreme Court ruled last week in a securities fraud case. The Court's decision in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council Construct Industry Pension Fund, overturned a recent......

Criminal Law News

  • Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:55:14 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty.

  • Man, 20, charged with misdemeanor in St. Louis train attack

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:16:41 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 20-year-old man was charged Tuesday with assaulting a St. Louis light-rail commuter who reported he was attacked after being asked about last summer's police shooting death of Michael Brown and the ensuing racial unrest in nearby Ferguson.

  • Girlfriend charged with murder in off-duty officer's death

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:12:36 GMT

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — The girlfriend of an off-duty police officer has been charged with shooting him to death inside his home after she originally contended it happened accidentally when she removed a gun from their dog's mouth, authorities said.

  • Police: Man, woman found dead after medical office shooting

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:11:06 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man and a woman were found dead after the man stormed a medical office building in downtown Fresno and shot the mother of his five children at close range, police in central California said Tuesday.

  • Congressman's son a defendant in fraternity-death lawsuits

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:49:33 GMT

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The son of U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Del., is one of five defendants in two lawsuits seeking at least $50 million stemming from the death of a Clemson University fraternity pledge.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court weighs Spider-Man toy patent fight

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:12:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spider-Man's latest adventure is taking him through the strange and mysterious world of patent law.

  • Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:01:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:02:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.

Political News

  • UConn's Ollie won't travel to Final Four because of new law

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:42:29 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law, the school announced Tuesday.

  • Oversight panel issues subpoenas in Secret Service incident

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:19:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday he is issuing subpoenas to two Secret Service agents who witnessed an episode in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House without authorization.

  • Christie spars with teacher at New Jersey town hall

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:19:51 GMT

    KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got into a heated exchange over pensions with a public school teacher at a town hall meeting Tuesday that was marked by frequent outbursts from protesters.

  • No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:12:08 GMT

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement.

  • Loan recipients on 'strike' meet with federal officials

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:04:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master's degree that she's joined others on a "debt strike" and refusing to pay back the money.