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  • NY woman accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 GMT

    BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.

  • Judge says pet bobcat Rocky must live at the zoo

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:56:49 GMT

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has escaped from its owner's home multiple times since April will be made to live at a zoo, a judge ruled Friday, and its owner will be fined for letting it run free.

  • U. Va. Board chair decries 'drive-by journalism'

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:56:43 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ripped into Rolling Stone magazine Friday for unfairly tarnishing the school's image with a piece of "drive-by journalism," hurting innocent people and setting back sex assault prevention efforts.

  • NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:12 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths has been sentenced to more than a decade in a New York prison.

  • Prosecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly lied

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:01 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Should Lawyers Take Acting Classes?

    2014-12-19T16:45:01Z

    Being a trial lawyer is truly a theatrical experience. It involves not only the technical elements of theater, like staging and voice, but also the truly "act-y" parts. What will you say, and when? How will you react to a question you already know the answer to? And most importantly,......

  • KBR Employee Appeals D.C. Circuit Ruling in Whistleblower Suit

    2014-12-18T20:03:01Z

    In 2005, Harry Barko, an employee of government contractor Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), filed a False Claims Act complaint. KBR, which at the time was a subsidiary of Halliburton, provided military support services in Iraq. Barko alleged that KBR was inflating costs and receiving kickbacks. This case, for which......

  • The Top 10 Strategist Blog Posts of 2014

    2014-12-18T19:40:01Z

    The 10 most popular posts of 2014 on FindLaw's Strategist blog ran the gamut -- from things you could learn from Frank Underwood to a judge beating a public defender (not in a battle of wits; like, with his fists). Did your favorite post make the cut? Read on to......

  • NLRB Modifies Union Election Rules, With Dissent

    2014-12-18T19:23:01Z

    Just in time for the new year, the National Labor Relations Board has announced changes to its representation case procedures. That's just a fancy, lawyer-talkin' way of referring to union elections conducted by the NLRB at the union's or employer's request. The thrust of the new rules is to streamline......

  • BlackBerry Classic Has Arrived; We've Got Deja Vu x2

    2014-12-18T19:14:01Z

    You miss that QWERTY keyboard, don't you? You're not alone. Many of us do, which is why BlackBerry keeps releasing new keyboard-equipped models, including two entrants this quarter alone -- the Passport and the Classic. We've talked about the Passport -- behemoth phablet meets QWERTY taskmaster at a premium price......

  • The Ultimate Holiday Guide: 65 Last-Minute, Lawyerly Gift Ideas

    2014-12-18T19:01:01Z

    Did you know it's a week until Christmas? Yeah, we couldn't believe it either. And the problem is that we still have outstanding gifts to buy. Not "outstanding" as in "amazing," but as in, "we haven't bought them yet." Perusing the FindLaw archives to get some gift ideas, we discovered......

Criminal Law News

  • NY woman accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 GMT

    BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.

  • NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:12 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths has been sentenced to more than a decade in a New York prison.

  • Prosecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly lied

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:01 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday.

  • Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:43:20 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A drilling company has pleaded guilty to committing environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska's Arctic.

  • Lawyer: Shooter may have thought flashlight was gun

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:38:27 GMT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unarmed trespasser who was shot to death in a vacant Nevada duplex had been investigated in a previous killing, and a woman who was wounded had conspired to take items from the residence, a defense lawyer said.

Supreme Court News

  • 1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:52 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

  • Scalia, Kagan: Common ground often trumps ideology

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:43:21 GMT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — One is a sharp-tongued, self-described "wise guy" originalist, who believes the Constitution means today what it meant when it was first written.

  • Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:12:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • Scalia: Hard to rule out 'extreme measures'

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:07:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

    Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:05:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

Political News

  • Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:52 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

  • Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:54:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure.

  • 1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:53:32 GMT

    BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder City.

  • Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:47:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama praised the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Friday but said he doesn't expect it to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.

  • FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:47:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he vowed the United States will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime.

Trending Legal News

  • Texting while driving and experienced drivers

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:59:46 GMT

    One trap that experienced drivers may fall into when it comes to texting while driving is thinking that their high level of experience when it comes to driving makes it so they can handle texting while driving better than other...

  • Head-on collision kills 3 on darkened roadway

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:43 GMT

    An accident on Florida's Tamiami Trail at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 10 left three people dead after a two vehicle head-on collision. According to police, a local tribe member was injured while two foreign tourists and a Hollywood resident were...

  • Former football player charged with marijuana possession

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:29 GMT

    A former football player for the Arkansas State University and the Washington Redskins was recently apprehended on drug charges. On Dec. 5, authorities claimed the former player was accused of selling drugs at an apartment located in the 500 block...

  • 1 killed, 2 injured in 3 vehicle collision in New Jersey

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:24 GMT

    A fiery accident involving three vehicles left one person dead and two injured on Route 78 in Union on Dec. 6. The accident caused major traffic delays for hours. A specialized team from Newark Liberty International Airport assisted with controlling...

  • Dangerous driving behaviors

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:46:46 GMT

    As we age, we sometimes gain perspective and perhaps even wisdom. We often gain an appreciation for the value of life that we sometimes took for granted in the carefree days of youth. A study by the Centers for Disease...