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  • China destroys more than 660 tons of smuggled ivory

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:42:33 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have destroyed 662 tons of ivory that was seized after being smuggled in the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.

  • Suge Knight returns to court to try to dismiss murder case

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:39:59 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight's lawyer argues that a murder case against the former rap music mogul should be dismissed because one of the men he allegedly ran over earlier this year didn't identify him in court.

  • Arraignment for woman accused of killing fiance on Hudson

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:29:35 GMT

    GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her fiance by sabotaging his kayak on the Hudson River is due in court to answer murder and manslaughter charges.

  • For failed Atlantic City loan program, big promises fizzled

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:14:26 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When Jim Thigpen first met with an investor in early 2012 to discuss selling control of the Tennessee financial firm he had run for more than 20 years, he said W. Wesley Drummon boasted of a business plan that involved $2 billion from the Bank of China. Nothing was said about running a loan program for Atlantic City.

  • Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:03:21 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — An indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep someone from the town where he taught high school silent about "prior misconduct." But it offers few hints about a central question: What was the alleged wrongdoing?

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Overworked? 7 Tips on How to Get Part-Time Help, Legally

    2015-05-28T22:25:21Z

    Feeling swamped with extra work, but not enough to justify hiring full time assistance? Part-time employees can be a great way to spread out your workload, whether you're hiring contract attorneys, interns, or support staff. Part-time employees, like any new hire, require that you pay close attention to the rules......

  • Apple Antitrust Monitor Stays Put: 2nd Cir.

    2015-05-28T18:55:11Z

    Apple -- you know, the company that makes your iPhone -- got into a bit of trouble a few years ago when the United States started investigating allegations of price fixing in the e-book market. Eventually, Apple settled for $450 million, but did so in the most begrudging way possible.......

  • Challenge to N.C. Board of Ed. Redistricting Advances

    2015-05-28T18:54:01Z

    Citizens of Wake County will be able to go ahead in their challenge to North Carolina's gerrymandered Board of Education election districts, following a ruling by the Fourth Circuit yesterday. After a regular, time-based redistricting saw the County school board elections swept by a Democratic majority, the state's Republican......

  • Former Ala. Gov. Siegelman Denied New Trial in Bribery Appeal

    2015-05-28T16:09:43Z

    Don Siegelman, the former Governor of Alabama, lost his motion for a new trial last week. Siegelman was convicted of bribery, mail fraud and obstruction of justice in 2006, following an investigation that many Democrats argued was politically motivated, but which Republicans claimed revealed extensive corruption. After a series......

  • Defense Lawyers: How to Deal With Defeat

    2015-05-28T19:07:39Z

    You've tried your hardest, but in spite of your best efforts, your client still got convicted. What is there to do? What did you do wrong? What could you have done better? Cheer up, that's what. Losing is a part of being a lawyer; no one wins all the time.......

  • Ostriches Finally Vindicated as Posner Rejects Jury Instructions

    2015-05-28T16:55:47Z

    Judge Posner hates ostriches. The large, flightless birds, erroneously thought to bury their heads in the sand at the sight of danger, are one of the Judge's favorite insults. Did you ignore adverse precedent? Ostrich! Somehow fail to check citing references? Ostrich conduct! That doesn't mean he thinks ostrich......

Criminal Law News

  • China destroys more than 660 tons of smuggled ivory

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:42:33 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have destroyed 662 tons of ivory that was seized after being smuggled in the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.

  • At least 20 years in prison awaits Silk Road founder

    Fri, 29 May 2015 05:08:45 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a Manhattan judge to sentence a San Francisco man who created the online drug-peddling site Silk Road to decades in prison, while the defendant is asking to be freed soon enough to show he's a changed man.

  • AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

    Fri, 29 May 2015 05:02:34 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter knew what he was doing

    Fri, 29 May 2015 03:27:56 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The man who killed 12 moviegoers and wounded scores of others in a suburban Denver theater was mentally ill but legally sane, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified Thursday.

  • Man gets 50 years in shooting at National Guard armory

    Fri, 29 May 2015 03:16:54 GMT

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee National Guard recruiter convicted of wounding three people inside an armory has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Supreme Court News

  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare

    Tue, 26 May 2015 07:13:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • 'Ugly' potential fallout from Supreme Court health care case

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:01:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • High court: Police immune over arrest of mentally ill woman

    Mon, 18 May 2015 17:14:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police are immune from a lawsuit arising from the arrest and shooting of a mentally ill woman in San Francisco.

  • Justices make it easier to sue over 401(k) retirement plans

    Mon, 18 May 2015 15:28:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

  • Supreme Court says convicted felons can sell their guns

    Mon, 18 May 2015 14:56:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities.

Political News

  • Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war's new northern front

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:55:19 GMT

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared.

  • Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:49:02 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Regional talks to deal with the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help.

  • Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:33:42 GMT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis with an Islamic uprising that has made 1.5 million people homeless and coffers emptied by massive corruption.

  • Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:22:59 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban Chicago who eventually rose to the third-highest office in the land.

  • Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct

    Fri, 29 May 2015 06:14:49 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct." But it offers few hints about a central question: What was the alleged wrongdoing?