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  • A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:53:16 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers scrambled Monday to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year.

  • Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new law

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:44:11 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an "Indy Welcomes All" campaign ahead of this weekend's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law that has much of the country portraying Indiana as a state of intolerance.

  • 'Bernie' case prosecutor seeks recusal, says he's a witness

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:29:02 GMT

    CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) — The Texas district attorney who was to prosecute for a second time the man whose murder conviction inspired the movie "Bernie" has asked to recuse himself on the eve of a pretrial hearing, saying he's become a witness.

  • US files appeal of judge's hold on immigration action

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:28:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has urged a federal appeals court to lift a temporary hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.

  • Jury awards $38.5 million-plus in fatal shooting at plant

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:52:35 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4½ years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm on Monday.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • First Week at the Firm: How to Make a Great Impression

    2015-03-30T19:13:07Z

    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. Finally land the firm job you've been dreaming of? Congrats!......

  • How To Build Your Firm's Professional Development Program

    2015-03-30T18:55:21Z

    Firms go to great lengths to find and hire the best talent, but once hired, many firms stand back and see who sinks and who swims. While some talent can thrive on its own, taking an active hand in managing your lawyers' development ensures that the firm gets the most......

  • Pao Loses on all Counts in Sex Discrim. Case Against VC Firm

    2015-03-30T17:54:27Z

    Ellen Pao, the former junior partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, lost her gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm on Friday. In a case that made headlines, Pao had claimed that she was not promoted because of her gender, was subject to harassment, and......

  • Zoo Elephants' Migration From Seattle to Oklahoma Challenged in Two New Lawsuits

    2015-03-30T16:58:58Z

    Animal welfare advocates have filed two lawsuits challenging the transfer of a pair of Asian elephants from a zoo in Seattle to Oklahoma City, claiming the move violates the state constitution and federal Endangered Species Act. The transfer comes after years of controversy surrounding the fate of Seattle's elephants.......

  • FBI: Actually, Don't Encrypt Your Phone After All

    2015-03-30T16:56:40Z

    For the past few months, the government has been waging a PR campaign against enhanced phone encryption -- encryption of the type that might make it harder for government snoops to peak into your phones. When Apple announced that it wouldn't be able to break the default encryption in......

  • SCOTUS Oral Argument Preview: Week of March 31, 2015

    2015-03-30T16:55:17Z

    The Supreme Court is taking it easy this week, eschewing First Amendment and regulatory cases (the latter being its new favorite thing) in favor of more prosaic patent and bankruptcy cases. The biggest case set for argument this week is probably one regarding executing a mentally retarded inmate, though even......

Criminal Law News

  • 'Bernie' case prosecutor seeks recusal, says he's a witness

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:29:02 GMT

    CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) — The Texas district attorney who was to prosecute for a second time the man whose murder conviction inspired the movie "Bernie" has asked to recuse himself on the eve of a pretrial hearing, saying he's become a witness.

  • Jury awards $38.5 million-plus in fatal shooting at plant

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:52:35 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4½ years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm on Monday.

  • Arizona governor vetoes bill shielding names of officers

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:25:01 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year's events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country.

  • Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan kickback scheme

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:45:34 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former FBI agent accused of trying to derail a Utah investigation into an alleged defense contractor kickback scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.

  • Aunt of men accused in terror plot: They're 'not monsters'

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:25:08 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — An aunt of two suburban Chicago men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a military facility in northern Illinois said Monday the allegations perplexed and devastated their extended family of Muslims and Christians.

Supreme Court News

  • Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:01:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:02:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.

  • US high court limits investor suits over deceptive comments

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering, even if those statements turn out to be wrong.

Political News

  • Report: Hawaii supervisor manipulated veterans' benefit data

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:56:23 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans' benefits claims faster it actually was, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General.

  • Arizona governor signs abortion drug notification mandate

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:31:36 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in Arizona to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and also bars women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

  • Arizona governor vetoes bill shielding names of officers

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:25:01 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year's events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country.

  • Brazil's ex-President Cardoso to defend jailed Venezuelans

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:10:26 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso will form part of a team defending two jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela.

  • US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:00:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.