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  • Rabbi's bid for mistrial in forced-divorces case rejected

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:49:23 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request by defense lawyers to declare a mistrial in the case of an Orthodox rabbi accused in New Jersey of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives.

  • Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:47:20 GMT

    INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.

  • California county to pay man beaten by deputies on video

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:43:40 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

  • Names of suspended Baltimore police officers released

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:41:31 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The six officers suspended in the investigation of a black man who died after his arrest had worked on the police force anywhere from nearly two decades to three years, officials said.

  • Woman strip-searched at Detroit airport settles lawsuit

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:38:36 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Last-Minute Gifts for Administrative Professional's Day

    2015-04-21T18:02:09Z

    Uh oh. You forgot that tomorrow was Administrative Professional's Day (again)? You've probably missed out on the chance to get your admin something meaningful, like that Napa Valley wine gift basket, or that spa day. Don't worry, though: There's still time to get a good gift that doesn't say, "I......

  • First Week at the Firm: 3 People You Have to Make Friends With

    2015-04-21T17:54:13Z

    Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. As you get settled into your new office, you should know......

  • Rajat Gupta's Cert. Petition on Insider Trading Conviction Denied

    2015-04-21T16:01:42Z

    Buried among the dozens of denials of petitions for writs of certiorari was this one: docket number 14-534, Rajat K. Gupta v. United States. It appears to be the end of the road for Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs director convicted for insider trading in hedge funds.......

  • Internet-Connected Aircraft Potentially Subject to Hack Attacks

    2015-04-21T12:57:00Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. We keep hearing about new and different ways that data can be hacked in the online and wireless world. And, generally speaking, our concern tends to be that our personally identifiable information may......

  • Districts Must Adhere to State Formula for Charter Schools

    2015-04-20T22:02:21Z

    Charter schools are a burgeoning business. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public charter schools comprised 5.8% of all public schools in 2011-12, and 2.1 million students were enrolled in them. In 2000, California voters passed Proposition 39, which requires public schools to share some proportion of their......

  • FBI Can't Cut DSL Line, Pose as Repairmen to Conduct Search

    2015-04-20T21:52:20Z

    Last year, we brought you the bizarre story of an FBI sting into illegal gambling at some of the private villas at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. But how did the FBI get the probable cause necessary to support search warrants leading to their arrest? Illegally, according to lawyer and......

Criminal Law News

  • Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:47:20 GMT

    INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.

  • Standoff at Ferguson home after reports of shooting

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:46:57 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Tactical officers have surrounded a home in the St. Louis County town of Ferguson following reports of a shooting.

  • California county to pay man beaten by deputies on video

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:43:40 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.

  • Names of suspended Baltimore police officers released

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:41:31 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The six officers suspended in the investigation of a black man who died after his arrest had worked on the police force anywhere from nearly two decades to three years, officials said.

  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:28:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after the U.S. first criticized Thailand for labor abuse in its annual trafficking report, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • Facts, law in Memphis case similar to Cleveland cop shooting

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:11:01 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The circumstances of a police shooting trial unfolding in a Cleveland courtroom share similarities to a high-speed chase and fatal shooting in Tennessee as well as the matters of law on which the Cleveland case will be decided: When does a threat to officers' lives end?

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Female justices honor O'Connor

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:29:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All three female justices on the Supreme Court came together Wednesday to pay tribute to the life and continuing legacy of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court.

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:19:45 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.

Political News

  • Campaign against Yemen rebels enters new phase, Saudi says

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:42:00 GMT

    NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi-led "Decisive Storm" air campaign targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen is over, a spokesman for the coalition said Tuesday, but a new phase aimed at preventing the rebels from operating is beginning.

  • Poland to build missile defense with US

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:38:25 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski said Tuesday that the defense minister will travel to the U.S. in May to negotiate cooperation on a state-of-the-art missile defense system that Poland wants to build.

  • Greek anger over state cash grab from public entities

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:37:22 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek local authorities were on the brink of revolt Tuesday against the central government's move to use cash reserves from state agencies — including hospitals and kindergartens — to help the country make ends meet.

  • Obama: NASCAR's winning team kind of like me and Biden

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:35:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says NASCAR's winning team is kind of like his relationship with Vice President Joe Biden.

  • A guide to political money: campaigns, PACs, super PACs

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:35:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential candidate's actual campaign is only one element in the contest for the White House.