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  • Texas prosecutor names committee to review Sandra Bland case

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:49:17 GMT

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A committee of outside attorneys will assist the Texas district attorney investigating the death of Sandra Bland, the black woman who authorities say hanged herself in her jail cell three days after a traffic stop by a white state trooper.

  • Australian charged after police say he planned to fight IS

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:30:11 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man appeared in court Tuesday on terror charges after police say he tried to join Kurdish-aligned forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq.

  • Judge says she did not involuntarily commit theater gunman

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:05:11 GMT

    CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — The gunman responsible for last week's deadly attack in a Louisiana movie theater was delivered by deputies to hospital for a mental evaluation in 2008 after his family said he was a danger to himself and others.

  • Former letter carrier convicted of delivering marijuana

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:45:55 GMT

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former letter carrier has been convicted of delivering packages of marijuana from a post office to the home of a conspirator.

  • Peru decrees warrantless geolocation tracking of cellphones

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:26:12 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government on Monday ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Tips for Working With a Virtual Paralegal

    2015-07-27T17:44:10Z

    Trying to cut down on overhead and save some office space? Need some extra help but not enough to bring on a full team of support staff? You might consider contracting with a virtual paralegal.No, virtual paralegals aren't Siri with a Westlaw account or robots who know local rules. Rather,......

  • Do Lawyers Make Good Parents?

    2015-07-27T16:32:51Z

    Two-thirds of parents want their kids to grow up to be lawyers. The other third have probably read the stats about lawyer depression, alcoholism, and student debt. But forget lawyer kids, what about lawyer parents? There are plenty of perks that come from being an attorney, including pleasing your parents,......

  • Dodd-Frank Constitutional Challenge Revived by D.C. Circuit

    2015-07-24T23:05:24Z

    The D.C. Circuit has revived a challenge to the constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank Act. A small Texas bank, State National Bank of Big Spring, had challenged the constitutionality of the Wall Street Reform Act. It was joined by 11 states, who also took issue with the Act. Dod-Frank, you'll......

  • States Can Require Pharmacy Owners to Provide Birth Control, 9th Rules

    2015-07-24T21:59:15Z

    States can require pharmacies to dispense birth control even if the pharmacy's owner has religious objections, the Ninth Circuit ruled yesterday. The Court upheld a Washington State law that allowed individual pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions because of religious objections, so long as another onsite pharmacist will do......

  • Is the Customer Always Right? Not When You Practice Law

    2015-07-24T21:57:32Z

    Like it or not, the law is a customer service profession. Getting clients and keeping clients depends on your ability to please clients. As the old cliche goes, the best way to do that is to remember that "the customer is always right." Right? No way, at least not when......

  • Scalia, Scalia, Scalia: A Review of All Things Nino

    2015-07-24T19:59:16Z

    You might be forgiven for sometimes forgetting that there are nine Justices on the Supreme Court. After all, when it comes to getting attention in the news, not even the "Notorious RBG" can surpass Justice Scalia's reach. Love him or hate him, Justice Antonin "Nino" Scalia is by far the......

Criminal Law News

  • Australian charged after police say he planned to fight IS

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:30:11 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man appeared in court Tuesday on terror charges after police say he tried to join Kurdish-aligned forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq.

  • Rubio: US has 'long' and 'painful' history of discrimination

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:20:37 GMT

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The United States must acknowledge a "painful, complicated" history of racial discrimination that still affects many minorities, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio said Monday between campaign speeches in South Carolina.

  • Judge says she did not involuntarily commit theater gunman

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:05:11 GMT

    CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — The gunman responsible for last week's deadly attack in a Louisiana movie theater was delivered by deputies to hospital for a mental evaluation in 2008 after his family said he was a danger to himself and others.

  • Former letter carrier convicted of delivering marijuana

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:45:55 GMT

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former letter carrier has been convicted of delivering packages of marijuana from a post office to the home of a conspirator.

  • Peru decrees warrantless geolocation tracking of cellphones

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:26:12 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government on Monday ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

Supreme Court News

  • Today in History

    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:05:09 GMT

    Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2015. There are 164 days left in the year.

  • Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

    Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:54:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.

  • Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk's same-sex marriage case

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:32:27 GMT

    ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official in Kentucky can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Resistance to gay marriages travels a well-worn path

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:03:43 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In 1967, Liane Peters, an immigrant from Germany, fell in love with a quiet, handsome man she worked with at a Miami bakery. The couple went together to the Dade County courthouse and asked for a marriage license. But she was white and he was black, and a county judge turned them away.

  • 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.

Political News

  • Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:52:54 GMT

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."

  • South Korea says MERS threat is over

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:51:58 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.

  • Senate moves to revive Export-Import Bank in highway debate

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:48:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved legislation reviving the federal Export-Import Bank despite opposition from conservatives.

  • Rubio: US has 'long' and 'painful' history of discrimination

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:20:37 GMT

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The United States must acknowledge a "painful, complicated" history of racial discrimination that still affects many minorities, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio said Monday between campaign speeches in South Carolina.

  • Suspicious packages sent to Oregon government buildings

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:17:39 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon are investigating suspicious packages sent to government buildings around the state.