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  • Condemned Boston Marathon bomber files motion for new trial

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:56:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has filed a motion for a new trial, less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.

  • US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:50:11 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab.

  • The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:49:56 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.

  • Day of extremist violence across Nigeria kills more than 60

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:44:35 GMT

    JOS, Nigeria (AP) — A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshippers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching peaceful coexistence of all faiths.

  • $333K in settlements for 6 pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:32:41 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to pay a total of $332,500 to six Occupy Wall Street protesters who said police unjustly blasted them with pepper spray. The episode helped propel the movement into the spotlight. Legal Blogs

  • Shark Week: A Brief History of the Lawyer as Shark


    It's time for Discovery's Shark Week again, the annual celebration of all things cold-blooded, sharp toothed, and, well, sharky. FindLaw is jumping on the bandwagon, celebrating the shark in all lawyers. Even though Shark Week is in its 28th year, lawyers have been called sharks even longer -- for......

  • From Lawyer to Politician: Pros and Cons of Running for Office


    Abraham Lincoln got his start as a lawyer. Then again, so did Nixon. In fact, more than half of the U.S. Presidents have been lawyers. Working as an attorney is still one of the most common paths to political office, with 37 percent of the House and 57 percent of......

  • 3 Metrics to Live By: How to Evaluate Your Legal Department's Performance


    Whether you're a legal department of one or in charge of a behemoth in-house team, managing a legal department is no easy task -- especially if you're doing it blindly. How exactly do you track your performance or know if you are maximizing your department's resources? Metrics, of course.......

  • Is It Time to Change Your Company's Non-Compete Clauses?


    No company likes to lose valuable employees -- given how much it costs to hire, train, and develop employees, pretty much all of them are valuable. What's worse is when a skilled employee leaves to work for the competition. As Chris Brown so eloquently put it, highly skilled professionals......

  • California Adopts Strong New Vaccination Law, Removes Exemptions


    Oh how the tides have turned. California, once a bastion for anti-vaccination activists, adopted one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country this week. On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the new legislation, which requires all children attending public schools to be vaccinated against polio, measles, hepatitis B......

  • LAPD Can't Search Hotel Registries Without a Warrant, Court Rules


    Your local No Tell Motel can truly live up to its name, thanks to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court. Last week, the High Court gave a wink and nod to secret lovers and hotel clerks throughout the land, ruling that laws allowing police to inspect hotel registries......

Criminal Law News

  • Ex-friend: Was told about Indiana house explosion in advance

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:50:19 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of blowing up his Indianapolis home for the insurance money, killing two neighbors and devastating a neighborhood in the process, told a former friend some days before the explosion that his house had blown up and that he wanted to buy a luxury car, the ex-friend testified Monday.

  • Man testifies Leonard told him house exploded before it did

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:37:03 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of blowing up his Indianapolis home for the insurance money, killing two neighbors and devastating a neighborhood in the process, told a former friend some days before the explosion that his house had blown up and that he wanted to buy a luxury car, the ex-friend testified Monday.

  • 'Stunning' number of large drug doses by doctor, expert says

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:23:56 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people.

  • Police: Maryland boy dies after being beaten for eating cake

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:22:20 GMT

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police say a 9-year-old boy has died after he was allegedly handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission.

  • Israel arrests 6 Bedouin for supporting Islamic State group

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:10:39 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet security agency says it has arrested six Bedouin for establishing a cell supportive of the Islamic State group.

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.

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