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  • Date Set for Arguments in Obama Immigration Case

    2015-03-26T19:55:18Z

    The Fifth Circuit is set to hear arguments next month in the lawsuit over President Obama's executive actions on immigration, the court has announced. Each side will be given an hour for their arguments which will take place April 17th, in New Orleans. The case, Texas v. United States,......

  • Puerto Rico Will No Longer Enforce Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    2015-03-26T18:45:25Z

    Back in October, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the same-sex marriage trend by declaring that the island wouldn't be going the way of almost every other court in holding same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Last Friday, though, Judge Perez-Gimenez's decision became a lot less relevant. Puerto Rico announced that......

  • Update Your Resume, the Second Circuit is Hiring!

    2015-03-26T15:55:53Z

    Want to work for the federal judiciary? Now's your chance! The Second Circuit is currently on the lookout for candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York. The gig lasts for 14 years and starts at $180,012 annually. If that salary is too much for......

  • Briefs Come in for Oklahoma Lethal Injection Case

    2015-03-26T17:55:23Z

    Oral arguments are just about a month away in Glossip v. Gross, the SCOTUS case challenging Oklahoma's use of lethal injections, and the briefs are just beginning to arrive. Glossip challenges Oklahoma's use of a three drug lethal injection cocktail, which has been connected to several botched executions. The......

  • Giving it Away: The Pros and Cons of the Free Consult

    2015-03-26T17:56:54Z

    People are cheap, they like free things, and paradoxically, this can be a great way to get into their pocketbooks. How can you turn a giveaway into a payday? For many lawyers, it's via the free consult, where attorneys meet with potential clients, answering basic questions and providing simple......

  • In Vino Vomitus: Lawsuit Warns of Arsenic-Tainted Wines

    2015-03-26T15:57:50Z

    Watch out sommeliers, oenophiles, and old-fashioned winos. According to a class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, your wine of choice may contain high levels of arsenic, the potentially toxic poison. According to the complaint, several popular wines contain up to 500% or more of the maximum......

Criminal Law News

  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:54:16 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors say a Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder.

  • Filing: Teen says mom killed her siblings found in freezer

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:43:04 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

  • Deputy police chief in California arrested on drug charges

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:31:19 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say Fresno's deputy police chief is among four people arrested on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin.

  • Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:05:40 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

  • US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:58:31 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • US high court limits investor suits over deceptive comments

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering, even if those statements turn out to be wrong.

Political News

  • Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:47:23 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The head of a Chinese anti-discrimination civic group says he plans to hire lawyers to investigate a police raid on its offices and may consider taking legal action.

  • Obama talks drug war with 'The Wire' creator David Simon

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:46:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk of overhauling the criminal justice system is serious business — but before diving into the subject, President Barack Obama had something else he wanted to say.

  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:46:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward late-night approval Thursday night, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law.

  • Judge in Texas blocks federal rules change for gay couples

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:40:44 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples.

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:19:15 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has arrived at a Baltimore halfway house where he is expected to spend the final months of a prison sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.