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  • Judge may set murder trial in San Francisco pier shooting

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:57:19 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge is deciding whether to schedule a murder trial for a Mexican national deported from the United States five times before shooting a young woman walking with her father.

  • Guatemala president ordered detained in corruption probe

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:51:11 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan judge has issued an unprecedented order to detain President Otto Perez Molina in a fraud scandal that has engulfed his government, dealing the most serious blow yet to entrenched political corruption in the Central American country.

  • 3 to be sentenced for rock throwing that injured teacher

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:39:21 GMT

    LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three young men will soon learn their sentences for a rock-throwing incident last year that caused severe brain trauma to an Ohio schoolteacher as she passed through Pennsylvania in the dead of night.

  • Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala's embattled president

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:26:29 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemala judge has ordered President Otto Perez Molina to appear before a judge after Congress withdrew immunity of office this week, moving forward on his possible prosecution in a customs corruption scandal that has sparked massive street protests. A court has barred him from leaving the country during the investigation, though he remains president of the Central American nation.

  • Seoul prosecutors seek 15-year term for US envoy attacker

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:23:54 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have asked for a 15-year prison term for the man they say slashed the U.S. ambassador during a breakfast forum in March.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • After a Natural Disaster, Bring in the Lawyers, Says State Bar Ass'n

    2015-09-02T17:58:59Z

    When you think natural disaster response, you don't necessarily think of lawyers. Clean water, medical aid, and even evacuations might seem like more pressing concerns following a major hurricane, wildfire, or earthquake. But in the aftermath of many natural disasters, lawyers can be an essential resource, helping victims access housing,......

  • Class Action Specialists Reach Out to 'Victims of Google'

    2015-09-02T16:54:27Z

    Has Google done you wrong? Well, then Hausfeld, an international plaintiff's firm, wants to hear from you. The firm, known for its high-profile class actions, recently launched a platform to help individuals and businesses pursue potential lawsuits against Google. The Google Redress & Integrity Platform, or GRIP, is specifically......

  • California Agrees to End Solitary Confinement Abuses in Prison

    2015-09-02T12:59:23Z

    California will strictly limit its use of solitary confinement in prisons, the state announced on Tuesday. The changes are expected to greatly reduce the number of inmates held in isolation. Currently, inmates are often kept in small, windowless cells for 22 hours a day, often suffering severe psychological distress as......

  • Practicing in Marijuana Law Remains a Risky Bet

    2015-09-01T21:57:29Z

    Think your future is in weed law? Twenty-three states and D.C. have laws allowing for medical marijuana. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska have legalized recreational weed, and California is expected to join them next year. All those growers, distributors, and vendors need lawyers and if the end of marijuana......

  • Supreme Court Denies Stay, Ordering Ky. Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses

    2015-09-01T19:45:07Z

    The Supreme Court has refused to grant an emergency stay to a Kentucky county clerk who refused to wed gay couples. This June, the Supreme Court recognized marriage as a fundamental right that cannot be denied to same-sex couples. The Court's refusal to grant a stay, issued in a one-sentence......

  • 7 Logical Fallacies Lawyers Need to Stop Using

    2015-09-01T16:57:43Z

    Argumentation is part of any lawyer's DNA. It's essential to the profession and it's often something lawyers deeply enjoy. But good argumentation means avoiding -- or at least recognizing -- the hundreds of logical fallacies that can work their way into an exchange. Of course, one man's sophistry is......

Criminal Law News

  • Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala's embattled president

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:26:29 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemala judge has ordered President Otto Perez Molina to appear before a judge after Congress withdrew immunity of office this week, moving forward on his possible prosecution in a customs corruption scandal that has sparked massive street protests. A court has barred him from leaving the country during the investigation, though he remains president of the Central American nation.

  • Seoul prosecutors seek 15-year term for US envoy attacker

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:23:54 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have asked for a 15-year prison term for the man they say slashed the U.S. ambassador during a breakfast forum in March.

  • Hunt for 3 suspects widens after Illinois officer's death

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:12:49 GMT

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a popular Illinois police officer, even as they acknowledged that they had no indication the men were still in the area where the slaying happened.

  • The Latest: Heavy police presence near where officer shot

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:04:55 GMT

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in northern Illinois (all times local):

  • Today in History

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:00:13 GMT

    Today is Thursday, September 3, the 246th day of 2015. There are 119 days left in the year.

Supreme Court News

  • Texas clinics file Supreme Court appeal of abortion law

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:01:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:31:30 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked "God's authority" Tuesday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt.

  • Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:01:09 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and "God's authority" — this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

  • Will clerk issue gay marriage licenses after court ruling?

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:50:31 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against the county clerk who refused to issue gay marriage licenses, leaving her with perhaps her toughest decision yet: Hand out licenses or risk potential fines or even possible jail time.

  • Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:52:34 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

Political News

  • In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:29:44 GMT

    KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming.

  • Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala's embattled president

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:26:29 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemala judge has ordered President Otto Perez Molina to appear before a judge after Congress withdrew immunity of office this week, moving forward on his possible prosecution in a customs corruption scandal that has sparked massive street protests. A court has barred him from leaving the country during the investigation, though he remains president of the Central American nation.

  • Seoul prosecutors seek 15-year term for US envoy attacker

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:23:54 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have asked for a 15-year prison term for the man they say slashed the U.S. ambassador during a breakfast forum in March.

  • French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:06:56 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes.

  • China pledges to cut 300,000 troops from its massive army

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:52 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged to cut China's 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army by 300,000 troops, amid rising manpower costs and technological capabilities that reduce the need for large numbers of personnel.