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  • The Scopes 'Monkey' Trial, 90 Years Later


    Ninety years ago today, John T. Scopes, a substitute teacher in Datyon, Tennessee, was arrested for teaching the theory of evolution, in violation of a recently passed state law. His case, the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, was the first "trial of the century." It pitted two great lawyers against each......

  • Snail Mail and Interviews: A Way to Set Yourself Apart


    Wonder why some lawyers insist on printing out all their cases and briefs? Not because they hate trees, but because a physical copy can help with retention and comprehension. Research shows that comprehension is greater with physical media, like paper, than electronic media, meaning that whoever reads your snail......

  • Music Streaming Service Grooveshark Goes Belly Up


    Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Grooveshark, once home to 35 million users, has officially shut down under the pressure of $17 billion in lawsuits from music labels that claimed the eight-year-old company infringed on their music and allowed users to do the same. If the Napster......

  • Body Cams Embraced, But Who Will Have Access to Footage?


    With accusations of police brutality leading to unrest from Ferguson to Baltimore, many have called for law enforcement to wear body cameras. The thought is that body cam recordings will provide greater accountability, particularly following incidents such as the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, under highly......

  • Selfie Sticks -- Love Them, Hate Them, Ban Them?


    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. The topic for today: selfie sticks. How do you feel about them -- positive, negative or indifferent? Let's backtrack a bit first with a brief history lesson.......

  • Ethical Dilemma of the Week: Accounting Mistakes and Client Funds


    There aren't many lawyers who went into law because a career in theoretical mathematics would have been just too easy. In fact, many of us can probably get away with counting on our fingers much of the time -- except when it comes complex patent litigation. Or to client......

Criminal Law News

  • Baltimore mayor calls for federal investigation into police

    Wed, 06 May 2015 14:58:28 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.

  • Baltimore mayor asks federal investigators to see if police discriminate, use excessive force

    Wed, 06 May 2015 14:38:22 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore mayor asks federal investigators to see if police discriminate, use excessive force.

  • Germany: 4 arrests in alleged plot to attack Islamic targets

    Wed, 06 May 2015 14:31:13 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities conducted raids across the country on Wednesday, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers.

  • Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot

    Wed, 06 May 2015 14:19:27 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.

  • Author to face critics of new book about city's rape cases

    Wed, 06 May 2015 14:09:35 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Best-selling author Jon Krakauer is making one public appearance to promote his latest work, "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town." It's in the titular town, where he will face angry critics who say his decision to focus on the small Montana city is unfair.

Supreme Court News

  • Manufacturer asks Oklahoma to return any execution drugs

    Fri, 01 May 2015 02:17:11 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Illinois-based manufacturer of a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection process is asking the state to return any supplies it may have obtained and not to use its products to execute prisoners.

  • Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:27:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.

  • Religion news in brief

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:52:00 GMT

    High court hears arguments on gay marriage

  • Court: Judges can review EEOC efforts to settle job bias

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:50:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that federal judges have authority to make sure the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying hard enough to settle charges of job discrimination before filing lawsuits against employers.

  • What they said: Supreme Court quotes on gay marriage

    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:50:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and whether states must recognize gay marriages performed in other states:

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