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  • New Orleans mayor, sheriff meeting over prisoner dispute

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:49:13 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman are meeting in a federal judge's chambers about the New Orleans jail after years of being at odds in court over its management.

  • Man sentenced to 9 months in jail for starving pet pit bull

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:44:12 GMT

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Palm Beach County man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for nearly starving a pet pit bull to death.

  • Deputy describes fight with detainee who died in jail cell

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:26:17 GMT

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy says a 21-year-old detainee found dead in a Savannah jail cell fought officers "with every bit of fiber of strength" until he was restrained.

  • Officials: Broken rail caused West Virginia train derailment

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:18:34 GMT

    MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia last February resulted from a broken rail that started with a crack that should have been detected but was missed in two inspections, federal investigators said Friday.

  • CDC: Transplant patients who died likely breathed in mold

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:14:14 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Three organ transplant patients who developed mold infections before dying at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center likely breathed in the mold spores, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Legal Blogs

  • 3D Printing Creates Growth Opportunities for Your Practice


    Need some new toys, architectural models, or maybe an undetectable gun? No need to take a trip to the store. For a few hundred dollars, you can pick up a consumer-grade 3-D printer and start printing out everything from Japanese flutes to Adidas sneakers. For lawyers, 3D printers could......

  • SCOTUS to Start Highlighting Changes in its Opinions


    The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it will start highlighting changes to public released opinions. The changes will be highlighted in the text of the opinion and both the old and new material will be visible to readers by placing their cursor over the brightened sections. This may not......

  • Want Federal Habeas Review? It Just Got Easier in the 9th Circuit


    The 9th Circuit clarified the law for misdemeanants seeking Habeas Review this Wednesday. The court en banc overruled its own 1995 decision, Larche v. Simons, requiring misdmeanants in California to exhaust all available state remedies before seeking Federal Habeus review by filing a petition in California's highest court. The circuit......

  • California Continues Quixotic Quest to Cancel Citizens United


    California voters may be able to express their opposition to Citizens United when they go to the ballot box. The California Supreme Court seems poised to allow a public referendum, proposed by the state legislature, on whether the Constitution should be amended to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens......

  • Florida Judge Suspended After Fisticuffs With Public Defender


    The Florida Supreme Court suspended Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy on Monday, sending a strong message to the state's magistrates: stop trying to beat up public defenders. Last June, Judge Murphy got into a bit of a spat with public defender Andrew Weinstock, telling him "You know, if......

  • NSA/GCHQ Tool Watches the Watchmen? Not Really


    2015 has been a good year for online privacy advocates -- kind of. Earlier this year, the Investigatory Power Tribunal in the UK ruled that British Intelligence Services (unfortunately not the same as M16) overstepped their legal authority when they accessed the private communications of millions that had been......

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Supreme Court News

  • Changes to justices' opinions will be highlighted

    Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:44:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking a step to address criticism that its inner workings are opaque.

  • Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:03:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months.

  • Today in History

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:58 GMT

    Today is Sunday, October 4, the 277th day of 2015. There are 88 days left in the year.

  • Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:20:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

  • Supreme Court to review European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:12:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the European Union can pursue its lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe as part of a global money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

Political News

  • The Latest: Czechs beef up policing along Austrian border

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:57:14 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

  • Yemeni pro-government forces retake key seaside town

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:56:09 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Pro-government forces drove Shiite rebels from a strategic seaside town on Friday after three days of heavy clashes that killed nearly 100 fighters, Yemeni security officials said.

  • House bill targets health law, Planned Parenthood funds

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:55:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Budget Committee approved Republican legislation Friday that would scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, block federal payments to Planned Parenthood — and likely lead to a presidential veto.

  • Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:52:57 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Captured in a documentary that brought national attention to Chicago's violence, Operation CeaseFire deployed former gang members and felons to intervene in feuds that too often ended in fatal gunfire on the city's streets.

  • New Orleans mayor, sheriff meeting over prisoner dispute

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:49:13 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman are meeting in a federal judge's chambers about the New Orleans jail after years of being at odds in court over its management.