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  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer urges jury to spare his life

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:33:32 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began making their case to spare his life by contrasting him with his older brother, a man they said was "consumed by jihad" and determined to drag his brother down his path to terrorism.

  • Summations expected in Hamptons rape trial of NYC executive

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:14:33 GMT

    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected to be held Tuesday in the trial of a New York City investment banker accused of raping an Irish tourist on Long Island.

  • Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:10:00 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly school children, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.

  • Riots in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:07:04 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

  • Texas inmate asks US Supreme Court to block execution

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:06:09 GMT

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate facing execution for the fatal stabbing of a corrections officer more than 15 years ago is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his lethal injection.

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  • Union Not Responsible for Facebook Posts, D.C. Cir. Rules

    2015-04-27T18:58:40Z

    An AFL-CIO transit union cannot be held responsible for disparaging comments made by its members on Facebook, the D.C. Circuit has ruled. The case involved comments about picket line crossers made on the Union's private Facebook page during a strike. The comments, which predictably called non-union workers scabs and......

  • Navajo Prisoner Entitled to Venison, Colored Bandana: 7th Cir.

    2015-04-27T19:56:45Z

    The Free Exercise Clause lets practitioners of Santeria in Florida ritually slaughter chickens, and lets a Muslim inmate have a half-inch-long beard. Add David Schlemm to the list. He's a member of the Navajo tribe, imprisoned in Wisconsin, who wants to be able to practice certain religious rituals, namely eating......

  • Penalties for Abuse of IRS Preservation Deduction Upheld

    2015-04-27T18:55:53Z

    Getting "creative" with your tax returns can cost you, as Gordon and Lorna Kaufman found out last week when the First Circuit affirmed penalties against them for an "historic preservation easement" that had no value. After Lorna bought a $1 million house in Boston, the Kaufmans learned about a "tax......

  • 5 Legal Marketing Myths

    2015-04-27T21:55:08Z

    Lawyers are still relatively new to marketing. While Sears and Coca-Cola have been reaching out to the public since the pioneer days, attorneys have had just a few decades to refine their marketing craft. Yet, even in such a short time, several marketing myths have developed. Like all myths,......

  • First Week at the Firm: Five People You Should Avoid

    2015-04-27T19:10:22Z

    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. Remember the kid in grade school who cheated off your......

  • Look! Abercrombie Finally Shifts Hiring Focus After Years of Lawsuits

    2015-04-27T18:56:14Z

    Models won't be the only ones working for minimum wage at Abercrombie and Fitch this summer. The clothing retailer has announced that it will no longer consider "body type or physical attractiveness" in hiring decisions -- it's even considering letting employees wear shirts to work.O brave new world. Abercrombie's......

Criminal Law News

  • Japanese police investigate projectile launch near US base

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:50:53 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police said they were investigating a possible attack on a U.S. Army base near Tokyo after finding a pair of launchers and a projectile Tuesday following reports of explosions in the vicinity.

  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer urges jury to spare his life

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:33:32 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began making their case to spare his life by contrasting him with his older brother, a man they said was "consumed by jihad" and determined to drag his brother down his path to terrorism.

  • Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:10:00 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly school children, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.

  • Riots in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:07:04 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

  • 5 people shot, 2 of them fatally, near church during funeral

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:02:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two people have been killed and at least three others injured in a shooting outside a New York City church where a funeral was in progress.

Supreme Court News

  • Tuesday's the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:46:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America's gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land.

  • Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:19:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes.

  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

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

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:40:25 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.

  • Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:19:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

Political News

  • Australia can't do more for death row prisoners in Indonesia

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:55:33 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister on Tuesday defended Prime Minister Tony Abbott against online criticism that he had not done enough to save the lives of two Australians on death row in Indonesia.

  • Fiorina heads back to New Hampshire for 4-day swing

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:50:57 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As she moves toward a likely presidential bid, Republican Carly Fiorina is heading back to New Hampshire for four days.

  • Japanese police investigate projectile launch near US base

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:50:53 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police said they were investigating a possible attack on a U.S. Army base near Tokyo after finding a pair of launchers and a projectile Tuesday following reports of explosions in the vicinity.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Dems push higher pay for Senate workers

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:44:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports about a Senate cafeteria worker who makes so little money he is homeless are prompting calls for change from Democrats on Capitol Hill.

  • Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:10:00 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly school children, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.