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


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Man gets prison for rape of girl seen on flea market tablet

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:56:06 GMT

    NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who stored images of himself raping an 8-year-old girl on a computer tablet that he later sold at a flea market will spend 15 to 30 years in state prison for the sex acts.

  • Suicide bomber strikes Shiite mosque in Saudi, killing 4

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:38:07 GMT

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • 3 suspects in Oklahoma officer's shooting captured

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:37:47 GMT

    LIBERTY, Kan. (AP) — Three men have been arrested, including one who was captured early Friday in southeast Kansas, after an Oklahoma police officer was shot in the head during a traffic chase, authorities said.

  • Gunman in North Dakota Wal-Mart shooting used personal gun

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:37:12 GMT

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Police say a U.S. airman who fatally shot one worker and injured another at a Grand Forks Wal-Mart before killing himself did not use a military-issued weapon.

  • Request for probe of handling of Ferguson case back in court

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:21:59 GMT

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge is set to resume hearing arguments in a lawsuit seeking an independent probe of the county prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

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

  • Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:58:32 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs beyond a consensus to keep talking. Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis, warning that "finger pointing" would not help.

  • Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:53:56 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, as Prime Minister David Cameron wrapped up a two-day four country trip to press his case for concessions.

  • Spain makes US rapid force at Moron base permanent

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:33:37 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government approved an accord Friday permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa and elsewhere.

  • US economy shrank at 0.7 percent rate in first quarter

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:24:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially thought.

  • US presses Europeans at meeting to solve Greek crisis

    Fri, 29 May 2015 13:21:19 GMT

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Finance ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies heard a sharp call from U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to find agreement on more financial help for Greece.