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  • Widow of prominent Ky. defense lawyer sues over his killing

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:03 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky defense lawyer's widow is suing psychiatrists and a hospital over their treatment of a patient who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the lawyer's fatal shooting last year.

  • Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:55:26 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

  • Authorities: Gay slur carved into Utah man's arm was staged

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:38:46 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities in rural Utah say a man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks.

  • Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:28:21 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The singer is named in a recent lawsuit over the scenic property in the Los Feliz neighborhood.

  • Democrats propose 1-month budget; Rauner ready to nix it

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:20:54 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared ready Tuesday to reject a Democratic proposal aimed at keeping state services functioning for another month, leaving the state without a way to pay bills and leading to questions about what will happen Wednesday morning.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • First Week at the Firm: How to Handle Your Court's Local Rules

    2015-06-30T21:57:16Z

    Welcome to First Week at the Firm, a 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. Sure, in law school you studied the Federal Rules of Civil......

  • Court Strikes Down EPA's Mercury Regulations

    2015-06-30T18:53:32Z

    There's a reason doctors advise pregnant women to avoid eating fish -- there's a high risk that they are contaminated by mercury, a powerful neurotoxin to which pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable. How do fish end up full of mercury? Most commonly, the cause is air pollution released by......

  • Patent Trolls Go After Firewall Companies Using Lapsed Patent

    2015-06-30T17:59:41Z

    Perhaps you've heard of a firewall. If you're an architect, you might be thinking of the actual fire-proof walls used to stop the spread of blaze from, say, apartment to apartment. If you're pretty much anyone else, a firewall is one of the many network settings you may have......

  • How Your Firm Can Be Certified as a Leader in Supporting Women

    2015-06-30T16:59:47Z

    Maybe you've heard the news: Even though women are entering the legal field at unprecedented rates, women are still paid less than their male counterparts. Also, women are largely absent from high-level positions in firms. Some clear progress is being made, however. The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has......

  • Bar Review Milestones: Only One Month Until the Exam

    2015-06-30T16:01:48Z

    The bar exam is just about a month away. One month. If you aren't starting to feel the pressure now, you should be. But you don't need to start pulling your hair out just yet. You've got plenty of time to shore up your strengths and deal with your......

  • Who Can Draw Legislative Districts? The People, SCOTUS Says

    2015-06-30T15:58:45Z

    The Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's use of independent commissions in drawing legislative districts. In order to prevent gerrymandering, the state elected, through public referendum, to establish an independent commission to draw congressional districts. The state legislature challenged this practice, arguing that it violated the constitution's Elections Clause, which......

Criminal Law News

  • Widow of prominent Ky. defense lawyer sues over his killing

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:03 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky defense lawyer's widow is suing psychiatrists and a hospital over their treatment of a patient who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the lawyer's fatal shooting last year.

  • Family of immigrant killed by Wash. police gets documents

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:59:05 GMT

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Pasco, Washington, has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death.

  • Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:53:16 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.

  • Family of immigrant killed by police gets documents

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:47:06 GMT

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant who was fatally shot by police in Washington state has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death.

  • Service honors last of 9 Charleston church shooting victims

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:44:45 GMT

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Public officials paid tribute to longtime pastor Daniel L. Simmons Sr. in the last of the services for the nine victims of a shooting at a predominantly black Charleston church.

Supreme Court News

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Political News

  • Family of immigrant killed by Wash. police gets documents

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:59:05 GMT

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Pasco, Washington, has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death.

  • Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:55:26 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

  • Smoking ban seems cause of 15-hour Australian prison riot

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:54:41 GMT

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities on Wednesday ended a 15-hour prison riot involving up to 300 inmates in Melbourne suspected to have been triggered by a ban on smoking.

  • Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:53:16 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.

  • Family of immigrant killed by police gets documents

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:47:06 GMT

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant who was fatally shot by police in Washington state has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death.