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  • US appeals court revives SC solitary confinement challenge

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:44:14 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a South Carolina inmate's claim that prison officials have violated his due process rights by holding him in solitary confinement for 20 years.

  • Congregants, protesters gather at Indiana Church of Cannabis

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:42:42 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament Wednesday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

  • Oregon judge denies bail for Journey drummer accused of rape

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:38:28 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was high on meth and hallucinating when he was arrested two weeks ago and accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing, his attorney said Wednesday during a bail hearing.

  • Puerto Rico power company forced to sell bonds amid crisis

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:36:56 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's troubled power company has been forced to sell bonds again to obtain capital and avoid defaulting on a $415 million debt payment due Wednesday amid a worsening economic crisis in the U.S. territory.

  • Mom accused of contaminating son's IV gets 6 years in prison

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:27:23 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A West Virginia woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV at a Cincinnati hospital pleaded guilty Wednesday to endangering a child and was sentenced to six years in prison.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Advising a Corporate Client? Think Ethically, Not Just Legally

    2015-07-01T19:44:58Z

    When advising a corporate client, lawyers may be tempted to limit their inquiry into the legality of a particular business practice or matter. Instead, they should also consider the ethical implications of their advice. There are codified ethics guidelines, laws and regulations, all of which attempt to establish minimal......

  • Disparate Impact Can Show Housing Discrimination, Court Rules

    2015-07-01T18:30:18Z

    With all the attention given to the Supreme Court's recent rulings on Obamacare, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty, it was easy to overlook several other important decisions. For example, last Thursday, the Supreme Court recognized that housing policies which have a disproportionate impact of certain groups can violate......

  • Business in England? Consider Becoming an English Solicitor

    2015-07-01T17:29:18Z

    If you're an Anglophile or just in-house at a company that does frequent work with the Brits -- either way, you might benefit from becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. Becoming a solicitor (that's English for "attorney") can help you understand the laws and regulations of England and......

  • 3 Times When It Makes Sense to Get an LLM

    2015-07-01T16:58:39Z

    A Juris DoctFor is a terminal degree. Not because it kills you, though it might, but because it's the highest level of degree awarded in legal studies. So what do you do if a J.D. just isn't enough? You go down one -- to a Master of Laws, or......

  • Privacy Group Wants to Stop Uber's Background Data Collection

    2015-07-01T16:35:30Z

    Alternative Title: Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Uber's Data, Privacy Policy Uber has had a rough go of it recently. Two weeks ago, the California Labor Commission ruled that at least one driver was an Uber employee, not the independent contractor Uber had claimed. Last week, taxi drivers......

  • Can't Copyright Just Part of a Collaborative Work, 2nd Cir. Rules

    2015-07-01T09:59:05Z

    Contributors to a creative work, whose contributions are inseparable from that work, cannot copyright their contribution alone, the Second Circuit ruled on Monday. The decision came from a dispute between an independent film's producer and its director, after the director attempted to copyright the raw footage of the film......

Criminal Law News

  • Authorities say suspect in family killings owed victim money

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:48:50 GMT

    A California man charged with killing his business associate, the man's wife and two small children owed $30,000 to the victim and had other debts, authorities said in records released Wednesday.

  • Congregants, protesters gather at Indiana Church of Cannabis

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:42:42 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament Wednesday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

  • Oregon judge denies bail for Journey drummer accused of rape

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:38:28 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was high on meth and hallucinating when he was arrested two weeks ago and accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing, his attorney said Wednesday during a bail hearing.

  • California law decried after black woman's 'lynching' arrest

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:37:42 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn't charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace.

  • As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:29:18 GMT

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.

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

  • US appeals court revives SC solitary confinement challenge

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:44:14 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a South Carolina inmate's claim that prison officials have violated his due process rights by holding him in solitary confinement for 20 years.

  • CEOs of mortgage giants Fannie and Freddie get big raises

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:42:35 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The CEOs of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting large raises, to about $4 million a year, as the government relaxes rules that were imposed on the companies after they suffered big losses and were bailed out.

  • Medicare proposes coverage change on short hospital stays

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:41:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare proposed Wednesday to ease a coverage policy on short hospital stays that has been criticized because it can result in higher costs for seniors.

  • California law decried after black woman's 'lynching' arrest

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:37:42 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn't charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace.

  • Puerto Rico power company forced to sell bonds amid crisis

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:36:56 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's troubled power company has been forced to sell bonds again to obtain capital and avoid defaulting on a $415 million debt payment due Wednesday amid a worsening economic crisis in the U.S. territory.