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  • Judge refuses to dismiss murder case against Suge Knight

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:58:42 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness — one of the men he's accused of running over — refused to identify him in court.

  • Drew Peterson's murder-for-hire trial again delayed

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:58:08 GMT

    CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson's murder-for-hire trial has again been delayed as the former suburban Chicago police officer seeks to enlist an expert witness to review taped conversations with an unnamed prison informant.

  • Appeals Court considers 'Big Mountain Jesus' case

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:50:16 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The home for a six-foot-statue known as Big Mountain Jesus rests with a three-judge appeals panel after a lawyer representing a group of atheists asked for it to be removed from U.S. Forest Service property in Montana.

  • Trial alternative considered for Hawaii telescope protesters

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:46:44 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation.

  • Chicago group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:46:29 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two mothers who lost sons to gun violence joined ministers and an activist group Tuesday in an unusual lawsuit against three Chicago suburbs, alleging that weak oversight of gun stores has allowed criminals to easily obtain weapons flowing into a metropolitan area besieged by gang violence.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Ethical Concerns When Representing Mentally Ill Clients

    2015-07-07T20:01:51Z

    Nearly one in five American adults suffer from a mental illness at some point, with almost ten million adults experiencing serious mental illnesses that interfere with daily life. This means that, sooner or later, most lawyers will encounter a client with some sort of mental illness or impairment. Working with......

  • Shark Week: Who's the Head Shark in Discovery's Legal Department?

    2015-07-07T18:59:14Z

    Happy Shark Week, in-house counsel! As Discovery celebrates sharks for the 28th year, we at FindLaw are highlighting the sharks in the legal profession. This topic raises the question: who's the head shark of Discovery's legal team? Meet Bruce Campbell, General Counsel and Chief Development Officer at Discovery Communications.......

  • Don't Overlook Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Law Firm Brand

    2015-07-07T17:57:46Z

    How do you set yourself and your firm apart from others? Your skill and expertise, yes. Your reputation as a trusted adviser, of course. But how is a potential client supposed to pick you out from all the other skilled, trusted attorneys? Your brand. We know, you aren't selling cereal,......

  • Bar Exam Prep: 5 Tips to Improve Your Memory

    2015-07-07T17:04:32Z

    There's about three weeks left before the bar exam. You know how to write an essay. You've studied all the black letter law. You've got the MBE under your belt. Or you would, if only you could remember whether singing the curtains is enough to get you charged with......

  • Shark Week: Our Three Favorite Sharks on the Supreme Court

    2015-07-07T15:59:45Z

    If you happen to flip through to the Discovery Channel this week, you'll notice that it's "Shark Week," the station's wildly successful tribute to the attorneys of the sea. In honor of our gilled-brethren, we here at FindLaw are celebrating shark week ourselves with a look at legal sharks......

  • Selfies Going Business Mainstream?

    2015-07-07T15:58:41Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. Selfies -- are you a fan or a hater? Either way, selfies may soon not only be personal, but they may also have a business function. Stay with me here. Yes, there......

Criminal Law News

  • Judge refuses to dismiss murder case against Suge Knight

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:58:42 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness — one of the men he's accused of running over — refused to identify him in court.

  • Mom of 2-year-old found in ravine charged with killing her

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:55:42 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl found dead in a Pennsylvania ravine has been arrested on charges she asphyxiated her. Police say the mother was upset she had to help the toddler clean herself after using the toilet.

  • Lawmakers: Feds should have deported SFC man before killing

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:48:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers criticized federal officials Tuesday for failing to deport an immigrant with multiple felony convictions and an outstanding drug warrant who allegedly went on to murder a woman in San Francisco.

  • Trial alternative considered for Hawaii telescope protesters

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:46:44 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation.

  • Chicago group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:46:29 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two mothers who lost sons to gun violence joined ministers and an activist group Tuesday in an unusual lawsuit against three Chicago suburbs, alleging that weak oversight of gun stores has allowed criminals to easily obtain weapons flowing into a metropolitan area besieged by gang violence.

Supreme Court News

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

  • 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.

Political News

  • After taking hit, Cuomo calmly returns fire on de Blasio

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:59:17 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a week after being criticized by his friend-turned-foe New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, calmly returned fire on Tuesday, chalking up the mayor's frustration to his failures in Albany and suggesting he's an ideologue incapable of compromise.

  • NTSB: 2 killed when F-16, small plane crash; jet pilot safe

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:58:17 GMT

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields.

  • Illinois voters head to polls in primary for Schock's seat

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:58:09 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Turnout is low throughout central Illinois for a special primary election to help determine ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's replacement.

  • Senate GOP balks at Cuba embassy restrictions

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:57:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fellow Republicans have stopped GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham from using an annual foreign aid funding bill to block work on a U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

  • Report: Troops face hassles with student loans, despite law

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:49:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government regulator says military personnel are still being hassled over their student loans despite the federal laws and programs put in place to protect them, and officials worry it could signal a broader problem in the $1.2 trillion student debt market.