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  • Millions share story of girl found dead in Massachusetts

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:49:01 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — In her computer-generated image, she is the picture of innocence: a 4-year-old girl with long brown hair, chubby cheeks and expressive brown eyes. The image has attracted a staggering 45 million views on Facebook as investigators try to identity the child whose remains were found on a Boston Harbor beach nearly two weeks ago.

  • AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:24:15 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

  • Thai trial opens for 2 accused of killing British tourists

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:15:26 GMT

    KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors called their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused — two migrant workers from Myanmar — were tortured into confessing.

  • LaHood wins Illinois GOP race to replace ex-US Rep. Schock

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:14:05 GMT

    SHERMAN, Ill. (AP) — State Sen. Darin LaHood won the GOP nod in Tuesday's primary to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, setting up the son of the former U.S. transportation secretary as the likely next congressman in this heavily Republican swath of central Illinois.

  • Search for California baby suspended; no signs of abduction

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 04:36:31 GMT

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Shasta County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday suspended the search for a missing baby, saying they have found no evidence to support the father's story that the 6-month-old was abducted from her crib.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Principal Can Be Fired for Speaking out to Save Her School

    2015-07-07T20:58:01Z

    When we think of free speech in schools, it's often student speech that comes to mind. However, plenty of free speech disputes arise from school employees' public disagreements with their administration. Those cases often involve the balancing of a state employee's interest in participating in public debate against a......

  • Ethical Concerns When Representing Mentally Ill Clients

    2015-07-07T20:01:51Z

    Nearly one in five American adults suffer from a mental illness at some point, with almost ten million adults experiencing serious mental illnesses that interfere with daily life. This means that, sooner or later, most lawyers will encounter a client with some sort of mental illness or impairment. Working with......

  • Shark Week: Who's the Head Shark in Discovery's Legal Department?

    2015-07-07T18:59:14Z

    Happy Shark Week, in-house counsel! As Discovery celebrates sharks for the 28th year, we at FindLaw are highlighting the sharks in the legal profession. This topic raises the question: who's the head shark of Discovery's legal team? Meet Bruce Campbell, General Counsel and Chief Development Officer at Discovery Communications.......

  • Don't Overlook Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Law Firm Brand

    2015-07-07T17:57:46Z

    How do you set yourself and your firm apart from others? Your skill and expertise, yes. Your reputation as a trusted adviser, of course. But how is a potential client supposed to pick you out from all the other skilled, trusted attorneys? Your brand. We know, you aren't selling cereal,......

  • Bar Exam Prep: 5 Tips to Improve Your Memory

    2015-07-07T17:04:32Z

    There's about three weeks left before the bar exam. You know how to write an essay. You've studied all the black letter law. You've got the MBE under your belt. Or you would, if only you could remember whether singing the curtains is enough to get you charged with......

  • Shark Week: Our Three Favorite Sharks on the Supreme Court

    2015-07-07T15:59:45Z

    If you happen to flip through to the Discovery Channel this week, you'll notice that it's "Shark Week," the station's wildly successful tribute to the attorneys of the sea. In honor of our gilled-brethren, we here at FindLaw are celebrating shark week ourselves with a look at legal sharks......

Criminal Law News

  • Millions share story of girl found dead in Massachusetts

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:49:01 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — In her computer-generated image, she is the picture of innocence: a 4-year-old girl with long brown hair, chubby cheeks and expressive brown eyes. The image has attracted a staggering 45 million views on Facebook as investigators try to identity the child whose remains were found on a Boston Harbor beach nearly two weeks ago.

  • AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:24:15 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

  • Lawmakers seek probe of ex-head of chemical safety board

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:18:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal board that investigates chemical accidents, saying they believe he made multiple false statements while testifying before an oversight committee.

  • Thai trial opens for 2 accused of killing British tourists

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:15:26 GMT

    KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors called their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused — two migrant workers from Myanmar — were tortured into confessing.

  • Today in History

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 04:00:47 GMT

    Today is Wednesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2015. There are 176 days left in the year.

Supreme Court News

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

Political News

  • China unveils new measures to prop up stocks

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:36:36 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — In a flurry of new moves to halt a stock market slide, China's government on Wednesday told state-owned companies to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised more credit to finance trading.

  • AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:24:15 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

  • Lawmakers seek probe of ex-head of chemical safety board

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:18:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal board that investigates chemical accidents, saying they believe he made multiple false statements while testifying before an oversight committee.

  • Peace talks between Kabul, Taliban end, plan to meet again

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:01:50 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — One-day peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives ended with both sides agreeing to meet again after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

  • Chinese central bank promises credit for stock trading

    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 04:51:03 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — In a flurry of new moves to halt a stock market slide, China's government on Wednesday told state-owned companies to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised more credit to finance trading.