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  • Zimmerman shooter will try a Stand Your Ground defense

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:51:35 GMT

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for a Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman said Friday that he planned to use a "Stand Your Ground" defense — the same legal strategy considered but ultimately not used by lawyers for the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

  • Another round of rain brings more serious flooding in Texas

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:48:10 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — Floodwaters submerged highways and flooded homes Friday in Texas as another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 23 people in the U.S. and left 13 missing.

  • APNewsBreak: Some telescope protesters' charges to be tossed

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:41:37 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

  • Judge: Protesters must leave closed Catholic church June 5

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:39:02 GMT

    SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — The clock is once again ticking for parishioners ordered to leave a shuttered Catholic church south of Boston where they have staged a protest for nearly 11 years.

  • Bank of America fined $30M by US for debt collection

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:37:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America has been fined $30 million by U.S. regulators, who accused the bank of violating consumer protections for members of the military in collecting debts. Legal Blogs

  • No Anticipatory Invocation of Miranda, Says Penn. Sup. Ct.


    Ever since Miranda v. Arizona, the right to remain silent, and its companion, the right to have an attorney present during questioning, has been walked back both by the U.S. Supreme Court and various state supreme courts. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a person can't invoke......

  • Do Your LinkedIn Endorsements Matter?


    LinkedIn endorsements aren't the hardest kinds of endorsements to get. Your mother, your neighbor, even total strangers can endorse you for all sorts of skills, from complex civil litigation to organizing company softball teams. While colleagues can provide detailed recommendations, also featured prominently on your LinkedIn profile, endorsements are a......

  • Can't Deny Good-Time Credit Based on Laws Passed After Sentencing


    Louisiana cannot revoke sentence-shortening "good-time credits" earned by prisoners based on legal changes that occurred after a prisoner's initial sentencing, the Fifth Circuit ruled this week. The court granted habeas relief for Richard Price, who was sentenced for armed robbery in Louisiana in 1985, and lost all of his......

  • Some Opinions We Missed, and a Fond Farewell


    Last week, amid lofty opinions about excessive force and the dormant commerce clause, we did not have a chance to report on some of the more work-a-day cases the Supreme Court decided. These decisions -- all of which were unanimous -- don't implicate constitutional principles necessarily, and aren't as contentious......

  • GCs Want More Value, Expertise From Outside Counsel


    A survey of international General Counsels by TerraLex, a legal referral company, shines some light into what GCs look for when they hire outside counsel -- and how much law firms will have to improve to keep them satisfied. The survey gathered input from 127 chief legal officers companies based......

  • What Was in Osama Bin Laden's Law Library?


    Just in time to update your summer reading list, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has declassified "Osama's Bookshelf." The list details the 400 some pieces of writing Osama had on hand when his bunker was raided and he was killed by Navy SEALs in 2011. So, what beach......

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  • Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:58:10 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause.

  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare

    Tue, 26 May 2015 07:13:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • 'Ugly' potential fallout from Supreme Court health care case

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:01:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • High court: Police immune over arrest of mentally ill woman

    Mon, 18 May 2015 17:14:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police are immune from a lawsuit arising from the arrest and shooting of a mentally ill woman in San Francisco.

  • Justices make it easier to sue over 401(k) retirement plans

    Mon, 18 May 2015 15:28:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

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