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  • Prosecutors ask for prison for 2 officers in Taser case

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:56:12 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two former small town police officers in South Carolina should spend at least a year in prison for shocking a mentally disabled woman at least eight times with a Taser without giving her time to follow their orders, federal prosecutors say.

  • Teen who fought cancer treatment heading home from hospital

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:08:25 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 17-year-old Connecticut girl forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer has finished that treatment and was expected to be released Monday from the hospital.

  • Small-town Pa. official jailed after 6-hour SWAT standoff

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:27:46 GMT

    MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) — Police say a small-town Pennsylvania politician engaged a SWAT team in a six-hour standoff after threatening his son with a bat and barricading himself in his home.

  • Australia wants claims against Indonesian judges probed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:52:27 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:51:13 GMT

    In the Middle East, a Saudi-led coalition continued launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen last week despite declaring the end of a monthlong air campaign that has largely failed to halt their advance.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 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

  • Prosecutors ask for prison for 2 officers in Taser case

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:56:12 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two former small town police officers in South Carolina should spend at least a year in prison for shocking a mentally disabled woman at least eight times with a Taser without giving her time to follow their orders, federal prosecutors say.

  • GM of China's largest oil refiner under investigation

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42:45 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The general manager of China's largest oil refiner, Sinopec, has been placed under criminal investigation amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption.

  • Serbia arrests 15 suspected migrant traffickers

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:30:49 GMT

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police have arrested 15 people suspected of trafficking more than 200 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan toward the European Union.

  • South Korea's prime minister steps down over bribery scandal

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:17:12 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president accepted the resignation of her prime minister on Monday over a bribery scandal, officials said.

  • Australia wants claims against Indonesian judges probed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:52:27 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

Supreme Court News

  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 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.

  • 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.

Political News

  • Army rescuer decorated after Greece shipwreck

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:58:05 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Defense Ministry has honored an army sergeant shown in photographs and video footage around the world rescuing an Eritrean asylum seeker following a deadly shipwreck on the island of Rhodes.

  • Saudi-led strikes target Yemen's Shiite rebels across Yemen

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:57:02 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes on Monday targeted Shiite rebels across Yemen, killing at least at least five people in the southern port city of Aden and striking a weapons depot in the rebel-held capital, officials and witnesses said.

  • Australia wants claims against Indonesian judges probed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:56:22 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

  • Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:54:52 GMT

    Fitch Ratings has lowered Japan's credit rating as the country continues to wrestle with staggering debt.

  • Head of Iran's Guard lashes out over Saudi 'treachery'

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:39:05 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Monday accused Saudi Arabia of treachery against the Islamic world and compared the kingdom to Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported.