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  • NY prosecutors clear immigrant from Barbados in '86 burglary

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:51:27 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge on Thursday vacated the 1987 conviction of an immigrant from Barbados who prosecutors said was wrongfully convicted of burglarizing a woman's apartment, serving more than a year in prison for a crime that never took place.

  • Report: Lawyers in city-funded group were in anti-cop video

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:51:17 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two lawyers at a legal defense agency that receives $20 million in city funding participated in a music video that advocated the killing of police officers, city investigators said Thursday.

  • APNewsBreak: Pot arrests plunge in NYC after policy change

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:46:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets, where arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall.

  • Chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:41:15 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.

  • FTC settles case against 'revenge porn' site operator

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:29:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Colorado man accused of operating a "revenge porn" website has settled with federal regulators who said he broke the law by posting nude pictures of women without their consent or knowledge.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Traits to Look For in a Great Legal Assistant

    2015-01-29T18:59:01Z

    What should you look for in a paralegal or legal assistant? We don't mean "what should you put in the job application." That's easy: Writing skills, attention to detail, flexible schedule, and so on. We're talking about personality traits that an ideal paralegal possesses, things that are essential to him......

  • Meet Ted Wells, Lawyer-Turned-NFL 'Deflategate' Investigator

    2015-01-28T20:14:01Z

    Who is Ted Wells Jr., and why are blogging about him?By now, you've either never heard of "Deflategate" or you're sick of hearing about it. Here's the short, short version: In the AFC championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots on January 18, it was discovered......

  • SEC OKs Share Registration for Calif. Marijuana Company

    2015-01-28T19:41:01Z

    Every startup needs a lawyer, but startups are already shaky value propositions if you think you're going to burst onto the GC stage, or advance your extant career by working for a company that develops an app to check the temperature of your bath water. (It's even worse when you......

  • FTC's 'Internet of Things' Report States the Obvious

    2015-01-28T16:53:01Z

    The Internet of Things -- all those gizmos that connect to the Internet, like your refrigerator, your thermostat, and that device that tells you how many eggs you have in the fridge -- is what our future looks like. It's also, as we've chronicled before, a huge security risk. Thankfully,......

  • Calif. State Judges Can't Belong to the Boy Scouts Anymore

    2015-01-27T22:52:01Z

    Ah, the Boy Scouts. They teach you how to use knives, camp in the woods, and make things out of other things. The Boy Scouts have been under fire in recent years, though. Turns out they're a Christian organization that, until 2012, refused to admit openly gay Scouts, and still......

  • EEOC Wins 'Mark of the Beast' Religious Discrimination Suit

    2015-01-27T20:53:01Z

    Here's what's not interesting about this case brought by the EEOC: An employee was forced to retire because of his religious beliefs. A West Virginia jury found in favor of the employee, Beverly R. Butcher Jr., and awarded him $150,000. Here's what is interesting about this case: Butcher's employer, Consol......

Criminal Law News

  • NY prosecutors clear immigrant from Barbados in '86 burglary

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:51:27 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge on Thursday vacated the 1987 conviction of an immigrant from Barbados who prosecutors said was wrongfully convicted of burglarizing a woman's apartment, serving more than a year in prison for a crime that never took place.

  • APNewsBreak: Pot arrests plunge in NYC after policy change

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:46:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets, where arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall.

  • Connecticut man wrongly jailed for 21 years gets $6M award

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:46:49 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has awarded $6 million to a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 21 years for a 1986 killing.

  • McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:45:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

  • Chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:41:15 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Ga. man

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:27 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill's lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • High court won't halt Georgia execution

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:48:33 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:49:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and embarrassed the court by managing to get a camera past court security.

  • Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Political News

  • Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:54:47 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.

  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:50:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping spending cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:48:36 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

  • McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:45:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

  • FBI names alleged terror recruiter to most-wanted list

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:42:14 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The FBI has added an alleged recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia to its list of most-wanted terrorists.

Trending Legal News

  • Do noncustodial parents in IL have a right to child visitation?

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:26:57 GMT

    Sometimes, in a divorce, a court will decide that custody of the divorcing couple's kids should be shared jointly by both parents. Other times though, a court decides on a custody arrangement in which just one of the parents has...

  • Alabama autism card proponents say they'll keep people safe

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:12:20 GMT

    Americans cherish individual liberty. It's so important that it's enshrined in the Constitution. But, as with so many things, the breadth of that liberty is not unbridled. Every state has its laws. Then there are those laws applied at the...

  • 2 workers suffer burn injuries in another Texas torch accident

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:08:11 GMT

    Serious accidents can happen when welders are told that a container they're using a torch on is empty when it really isn't. In industries throughout Texas, tanks and barrels contain flammable and potentially explosive substances, and proper precautions have to...

  • Florida woman killed in crash with semi

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:06:57 GMT

    The interstate can be a dangerous road for motorists and passengers. When a collision occurs, accident victims typically suffer serious injuries or, even worse,  lose their lives. In one recent crash, a Florida woman was killed and two others were...

  • Suppressing evidence stemming from illegal search or seizure

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:06:54 GMT

    In our last post, we began speaking about a recent Supreme Court case which concluded that police officers do not have to have a completely accurate understanding of the law in order to make valid traffic stops. As we noted,...