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  • Closing arguments completed in Cleveland officer's trial

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:58:39 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawyers in the trial of a Cleveland patrolmen charged in the deaths of two people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire have based their closing arguments on whether the officer feared for his life.

  • Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleging fraud by employees

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:48:53 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.

  • Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:46:02 GMT

    FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York.

  • Michael Brown's friend sue Ferguson, Wilson, police chief

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:42:01 GMT

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A friend who was with Michael Brown when the 18-year-old was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer is suing the city, the officer and the former police chief.

  • Contract battle brewing over $14M Blackbeard 'treasure'

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:37:09 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 300 years after the pirate Blackbeard's flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, a shipwreck-hunting company and the state are battling over treasure linked to the vessel — but they're fighting with legal filings, not cutlasses, and the treasure is $14 million in disputed revenue and contract violations.

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  • The Scopes 'Monkey' Trial, 90 Years Later

    2015-05-05T17:08:50Z

    Ninety years ago today, John T. Scopes, a substitute teacher in Datyon, Tennessee, was arrested for teaching the theory of evolution, in violation of a recently passed state law. His case, the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, was the first "trial of the century." It pitted two great lawyers against each......

  • Snail Mail and Interviews: A Way to Set Yourself Apart

    2015-05-05T16:54:26Z

    Wonder why some lawyers insist on printing out all their cases and briefs? Not because they hate trees, but because a physical copy can help with retention and comprehension. Research shows that comprehension is greater with physical media, like paper, than electronic media, meaning that whoever reads your snail......

  • Music Streaming Service Grooveshark Goes Belly Up

    2015-05-05T16:52:12Z

    Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Grooveshark, once home to 35 million users, has officially shut down under the pressure of $17 billion in lawsuits from music labels that claimed the eight-year-old company infringed on their music and allowed users to do the same. If the Napster......

  • Body Cams Embraced, But Who Will Have Access to Footage?

    2015-05-05T16:01:11Z

    With accusations of police brutality leading to unrest from Ferguson to Baltimore, many have called for law enforcement to wear body cameras. The thought is that body cam recordings will provide greater accountability, particularly following incidents such as the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, under highly......

  • Selfie Sticks -- Love Them, Hate Them, Ban Them?

    2015-05-05T15:57:00Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. The topic for today: selfie sticks. How do you feel about them -- positive, negative or indifferent? Let's backtrack a bit first with a brief history lesson.......

  • Ethical Dilemma of the Week: Accounting Mistakes and Client Funds

    2015-05-04T21:55:50Z

    There aren't many lawyers who went into law because a career in theoretical mathematics would have been just too easy. In fact, many of us can probably get away with counting on our fingers much of the time -- except when it comes complex patent litigation. Or to client......

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  • Manufacturer asks Oklahoma to return any execution drugs

    Fri, 01 May 2015 02:17:11 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Illinois-based manufacturer of a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection process is asking the state to return any supplies it may have obtained and not to use its products to execute prisoners.

  • Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:27:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.

  • Religion news in brief

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:52:00 GMT

    High court hears arguments on gay marriage

  • Court: Judges can review EEOC efforts to settle job bias

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:50:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that federal judges have authority to make sure the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying hard enough to settle charges of job discrimination before filing lawsuits against employers.

  • What they said: Supreme Court quotes on gay marriage

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:50:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and whether states must recognize gay marriages performed in other states:

Political News

  • Education Dept. sees increase in campus sex crime reporting

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:59:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of sex offenses on college campuses reported to the Education Department nearly doubled over a five-year period.

  • Energy rich US states move to quash local limits on drilling

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:58:50 GMT

    MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.

  • Saudi king fires protocol chief after photographer slapped

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:49:19 GMT

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi King Salman has fired the chief of royal protocol after he was caught on camera slapping a photographer.

  • Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:46:02 GMT

    FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York.

  • Energy-producing states blast Obama climate change plan

    Tue, 05 May 2015 20:45:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday.