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  • Can Free Consultations Pay Off for Lawyers?


    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?


    "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?


    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


    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.


    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


    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

  • Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:46:27 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The first of several packages mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library was delivered in Texas, a law enforcement official said Friday.

  • Police identify 3 kids shot in New Jersey home

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:42:12 GMT

    TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Police have identified the three children shot in a southern New Jersey home along with their mother.

  • Ex-convict charged in Indianapolis teen's death

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:26:30 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An ex-convict has been charged in the killing of a 15-year-old girl whose badly burned body was found in an Indianapolis backyard.

  • Mom who drove van of kids charged again in chase

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:16:29 GMT

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — New charges have been filed against a Tennessee woman in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer fired shots at her minivan full of children.

  • French investigate HSBC over possible tax dodging

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:12:59 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — HSBC bank was placed under formal investigation in France over services it offered to clients required to pay taxes in France, just days after the private banking branch was charged in Belgium with organized fiscal fraud.

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

  • Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:59:32 GMT

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi van in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

  • Israeli forces disperse West Bank demonstration

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:59:18 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Friday it dispersed some 300 stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron without injuries or arrests.

  • Boehner: 'We will not stand idle' on immigration

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:45:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was "damaging the presidency" with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be.

  • Report: Bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:39:11 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

  • Obama to visit India in January for Republic Day

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:36:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will travel to India in January for celebrations marking the country's Republic Day.

Trending Legal News

  • Colorado police car smashed between 2 trucks

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:27:47 GMT

    The recent snows have made the roads dangerous in Colorado, and photos of a police car that was crushed between a pair of semi-trucks show that car covered in snow. The officer who was driving it, a member of...

  • How dangerous is distracted driving?

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:25:39 GMT

    New York City drivers should be aware of the deadly consequences of distracted driving. While some may be aware of the dangers of texting behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is "any...

  • Divorce can be hard for Florida residents during holidays

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:20:57 GMT

    Divorce is never an easy process for those involved, but around the holidays, a separation can be even more difficult in Florida. Unfortunately, an especially difficult divorce at this time of year can have an emotional impact on those involved...

  • Drunk drivers are still a risk to others on the road

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:11:41 GMT

    Texting and driving has been a very popular topic in the media during the past year or so. Reports of fatal accidents involving texting and driving are common in the news. Likewise, in states like West Virginia, lawmakers have...

  • Preschool teacher relieved after sexual abuse charges dropped

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:11:40 GMT

    It could be just about every teacher's nightmare - in the course of a job dedicated to helping raise the next generation, someone makes an accusation of impropriety. Even worse, the allegations center around inappropriate sexual contact or abuse...