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  • Family sues mortuary after man cremated by mistake

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:47:53 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the family of a man who was cremated by mistake and whose casket contained another person — something relatives say they discovered when they opened the casket during the funeral.

  • Anger at acquittal of Chicago policeman in shooting of woman

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:43:36 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge's surprise acquittal of an off-duty Chicago police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed woman called into question prosecutors' decision not to charge the man with murder, and set off protests for a second day Tuesday.

  • US teen attracted to IS sentenced to prison on gun charge

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:43:10 GMT

    YORK, South Carolina (AP) — A South Carolina teenager who authorities say was attracted to the Islamic State group and who was plotting to kill U.S. troops in North Carolina has been sentenced to five years in juvenile prison on a state gun charge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:39:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her way.

  • Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:31:26 GMT

    INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Last-Minute Gifts for Administrative Professional's Day

    2015-04-21T18:02:09Z

    Uh oh. You forgot that tomorrow was Administrative Professional's Day (again)? You've probably missed out on the chance to get your admin something meaningful, like that Napa Valley wine gift basket, or that spa day. Don't worry, though: There's still time to get a good gift that doesn't say, "I......

  • First Week at the Firm: 3 People You Have to Make Friends With

    2015-04-21T17:54:13Z

    Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. As you get settled into your new office, you should know......

  • Rajat Gupta's Cert. Petition on Insider Trading Conviction Denied

    2015-04-21T16:01:42Z

    Buried among the dozens of denials of petitions for writs of certiorari was this one: docket number 14-534, Rajat K. Gupta v. United States. It appears to be the end of the road for Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs director convicted for insider trading in hedge funds.......

  • Internet-Connected Aircraft Potentially Subject to Hack Attacks

    2015-04-21T12:57:00Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. We keep hearing about new and different ways that data can be hacked in the online and wireless world. And, generally speaking, our concern tends to be that our personally identifiable information may......

  • Districts Must Adhere to State Formula for Charter Schools

    2015-04-20T22:02:21Z

    Charter schools are a burgeoning business. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public charter schools comprised 5.8% of all public schools in 2011-12, and 2.1 million students were enrolled in them. In 2000, California voters passed Proposition 39, which requires public schools to share some proportion of their......

  • FBI Can't Cut DSL Line, Pose as Repairmen to Conduct Search

    2015-04-20T21:52:20Z

    Last year, we brought you the bizarre story of an FBI sting into illegal gambling at some of the private villas at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. But how did the FBI get the probable cause necessary to support search warrants leading to their arrest? Illegally, according to lawyer and......

Criminal Law News

  • Authorities: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:43:44 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A pilot killed himself by intentionally crashing his plane into a field in Northern California a day after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges, authorities said Tuesday

  • Anger at acquittal of Chicago policeman in shooting of woman

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:43:36 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge's surprise acquittal of an off-duty Chicago police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed woman called into question prosecutors' decision not to charge the man with murder, and set off protests for a second day Tuesday.

  • US teen attracted to IS sentenced to prison on gun charge

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:43:10 GMT

    YORK, South Carolina (AP) — A South Carolina teenager who authorities say was attracted to the Islamic State group and who was plotting to kill U.S. troops in North Carolina has been sentenced to five years in juvenile prison on a state gun charge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:39:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her way.

  • Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:31:26 GMT

    INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • High court: Energy companies must face price fixing claims

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:43:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.

  • Facts, law in Memphis case similar to Cleveland cop shooting

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:11:01 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The circumstances of a police shooting trial unfolding in a Cleveland courtroom share similarities to a high-speed chase and fatal shooting in Tennessee as well as the matters of law on which the Cleveland case will be decided: When does a threat to officers' lives end?

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Female justices honor O'Connor

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:29:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All three female justices on the Supreme Court came together Wednesday to pay tribute to the life and continuing legacy of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court.

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:19:45 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.

Political News

  • Colombia leader lashes back at critics of his peace effort

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:40:03 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is lashing out at a wave of booing over his response to a deadly attack by leftist rebels.

  • Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:39:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her way.

  • Council approves move of Presley's planes from Graceland

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:35:36 GMT

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, will be moved from Graceland to a location down the street under a plan approved by the Memphis City Council Tuesday.

  • APNewsBreak: NY aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:30:55 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its impact on the environment, is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by 90 percent by 2030.

  • Judge: Pro-Israel group can post 'Killing Jews' ads on buses

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:30:49 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pro-Israel advocacy group known for publicly criticizing Islam can display its political advertisement containing the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" on New York City's buses, a judge said.