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  • Date Set for Arguments in Obama Immigration Case

    2015-03-26T19:55:18Z

    The Fifth Circuit is set to hear arguments next month in the lawsuit over President Obama's executive actions on immigration, the court has announced. Each side will be given an hour for their arguments which will take place April 17th, in New Orleans. The case, Texas v. United States,......

  • Puerto Rico Will No Longer Enforce Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    2015-03-26T18:45:25Z

    Back in October, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the same-sex marriage trend by declaring that the island wouldn't be going the way of almost every other court in holding same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Last Friday, though, Judge Perez-Gimenez's decision became a lot less relevant. Puerto Rico announced that......

  • Update Your Resume, the Second Circuit is Hiring!

    2015-03-26T15:55:53Z

    Want to work for the federal judiciary? Now's your chance! The Second Circuit is currently on the lookout for candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York. The gig lasts for 14 years and starts at $180,012 annually. If that salary is too much for......

  • Briefs Come in for Oklahoma Lethal Injection Case

    2015-03-26T17:55:23Z

    Oral arguments are just about a month away in Glossip v. Gross, the SCOTUS case challenging Oklahoma's use of lethal injections, and the briefs are just beginning to arrive. Glossip challenges Oklahoma's use of a three drug lethal injection cocktail, which has been connected to several botched executions. The......

  • Giving it Away: The Pros and Cons of the Free Consult

    2015-03-26T17:56:54Z

    People are cheap, they like free things, and paradoxically, this can be a great way to get into their pocketbooks. How can you turn a giveaway into a payday? For many lawyers, it's via the free consult, where attorneys meet with potential clients, answering basic questions and providing simple......

  • In Vino Vomitus: Lawsuit Warns of Arsenic-Tainted Wines

    2015-03-26T15:57:50Z

    Watch out sommeliers, oenophiles, and old-fashioned winos. According to a class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, your wine of choice may contain high levels of arsenic, the potentially toxic poison. According to the complaint, several popular wines contain up to 500% or more of the maximum......

Criminal Law News

  • NYC police to determine if 6 missing are connected to blast

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:56:35 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they are trying to determine whether six other people reported missing are connected to the apparent gas explosion in the East Village.

  • Nearly 70 migrants found on berm on Greek-Turkish border

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:52:03 GMT

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek border police said Friday they had rescued 68 people, most of them Syrians, trying to cross illegally into Greece after they became stranded on a berm on the Greek-Turkish border.

  • Death of baby cut from womb doesn't lead to murder charge

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:48:21 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of cutting the baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges in the gruesome attack that revived the highly charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

  • Federal charge for ex-cop in confrontation with Indian man

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:47:29 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation in February, authorities said Friday.

  • Swiss bankers avoid prison, get probation for tax fraud

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:44:50 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two former Swiss bankers avoided jail time Friday for their roles in a tax fraud scheme that helped U.S. customers hide billions of dollars in assets.

Supreme Court News

  • Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:01:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:02:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.

  • US high court limits investor suits over deceptive comments

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering, even if those statements turn out to be wrong.

Political News

  • Greek minister: government ready for 'rupture' in aid talks

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:58:55 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government is prepared for a "rupture" with creditors in its bailout talks and is being deliberately vague about its intentions as a negotiating tactic, a cabinet minister said Friday.

  • Official: 1,500 North Caucasus people fight in Iraq, Syria

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:57:32 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian official says about 1,500 residents of Russia's North Caucasus are fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

  • White House: Chemical safety board head resigns

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:56:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is operating without a permanent leader. Its chairman has been forced to resign, following accusations of mismanagement.

  • Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:54:29 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to secure the strategic sea passage, Egyptian military officials said, as a Saudi-led coalition widened its strikes on the second day of an air campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies, aiming to pave the way for possible ground operations.

  • Death of baby cut from womb doesn't lead to murder charge

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:48:21 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of cutting the baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges in the gruesome attack that revived the highly charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.