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  • Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:54:57 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses at all — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

  • New president at women's college saved from brink of closure

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:53:33 GMT

    SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — A new president and governing board took command of Sweet Briar College on Thursday under a mediated settlement that rescued the 114-year-old women's college from the brink of closure.

  • Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis promising for some patients

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:42:26 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.

  • Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:31:09 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.

  • Judge rejects ex-Goldman board member's bid for exoneration

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:22:20 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member was told Thursday that he can't use a court's ruling in another case to nullify his insider-trading conviction.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Booming Practice Areas for Law Firms Looking to Grow

    2015-07-02T17:59:05Z

    As the legal market begins to pick up, not all practice areas are growing equally. The growth in a few areas is far outpacing the rest. How can you tell which practice areas are booming these days? Look at who's hiring. What's booming according to legal staffing companies? Several......

  • Is Your Law Firm Blog Mobile-Friendly? If Not, It Should Be

    2015-07-02T16:57:25Z

    If your firm doesn't have a blog, it's well in the minority. More than 80 percent of AmLaw 200 firms publish blogs. Some of them publish multiple ones. Fox Rothschild, for example, takes the Danielle Steele approach to publishing, putting out blog after blog after blog. The total now?......

  • Should Lawyers Use Airbnb for Business Travel?

    2015-07-02T15:59:03Z

    Last year, Airbnb, the tech company that allows users to rent out their spare rooms or empty apartments to travelers, launched its first business travel venture. The tech company claims that using Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel will help business travelers feel more at home when they're abroad,......

  • SCOTUS Accepts Challenge to Public Employee Union Dues

    2015-07-01T21:59:32Z

    Right before it left for summer break, the Supreme Court granted cert to a case that will leave many teachers worried about their future. On the last day of its 2015 term, the Court agreed to review a constitutional challenge to state rules requiring some government workers to pay......

  • 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......

Criminal Law News

  • Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:54:57 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses at all — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

  • Authorities: Suspect high on meth during Arizona killings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:36:11 GMT

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A missing Phoenix-area couple were killed and buried in the yard of a man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine when he shot the husband and wife, authorities said Thursday.

  • Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:31:09 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.

  • Ex-church official housed at prison that pope plans to visit

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:08:24 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia prison that Pope Francis plans to visit during his U.S. trip houses a former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints.

  • 'Citizen of the year' gets 14 years in California fraud case

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:06:13 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California real estate developer once honored as his city's citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects.

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

  • Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:54:57 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses at all — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

  • How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:43:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.

  • Puerto Rico governor: Creditors should help solve crisis

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:36:23 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor says creditors are responsible for helping the U.S. island out of its economic crisis because they lent money knowing the government was running a deficit.

  • Authorities: Suspect high on meth during Arizona killings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:36:11 GMT

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A missing Phoenix-area couple were killed and buried in the yard of a man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine when he shot the husband and wife, authorities said Thursday.

  • Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:31:09 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.