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  • GOP proposes protections for already protected clergy

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:59:13 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Republican wants to explicitly allow clergy in Georgia to refuse to perform gay marriages — a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.

  • Judge: Virginia can ban future Confederate license plates

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:59:07 GMT

    DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia can ban the Confederate flag from specialty license plates the state issues in the future, a federal judge said Friday, but no decision has been announced on whether existing tags can be revoked.

  • Clinton email disclosure slowed by security concerns

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:56:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department released fewer Hillary Rodham Clinton emails than expected Friday, saying its process was slowed by intense scrutiny from U.S. intelligence agencies to ensure that emails from her private server don't contain sensitive or classified government secrets.

  • Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:47:03 GMT

    DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain.

  • Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:30:52 GMT

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn't advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Bad Dog's Bad Drug-Sniffing Skills Are Good Enough for 7th Cir

    2015-07-30T20:18:19Z

    Lex, the drug-sniffing dog, has been a very bad boy. No, Lex didn't bite anyone. He never peed on the carpet or tore apart an officer's shoe. Rather, Lex sniffed drugs on just about everyone he encountered -- whether there were drugs present or not. Lex's nose was just about......

  • Clients Want Artificial Intelligence and They Want It Soon-ish

    2015-07-30T18:59:02Z

    Move over pink brains, the new legal smarts are contained within circuit boards and transistors, not flesh -- or so techno-futurists claim. Those same voices are now loudly predicting the integration of artificial intelligence into legal practice. Of course, machine intelligence is nothing new. Commentators have long said technology will......

  • Think Twice Before Using Crowdfunding and Litigation Investments

    2015-07-30T17:58:16Z

    We're in the middle of a crowdfunding golden age. Individuals have raised thousands of dollars to make potato salad ($55,000), create inflatable Lionel Richie sculptures ($12,500), and conduct a squirrel census ($9,000). When it comes to fundraising, it seems like people are just giving money away. Should lawyers and litigants......

  • Weed Lawyers Can Be Weed Sellers, Washington State Bar Says

    2015-07-30T15:43:07Z

    The Evergreen State just got a little greener, at least for lawyers. The Washington State Bar Association gave attorneys the, ahem, green light to use weed and operate marijuana-related businesses, just three years after Washington voters legalized recreational use. This makes Washington the first state to not only allow attorney......

  • Wills Can Be Amended After Death, Cal Supreme Court Rules

    2015-07-29T22:07:06Z

    Finally, that LLM you got in Zombie Law is about to pay off! The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that wills may be amended post-mortem. That's a drastic shift from the categorical bar against modifying an unambiguous will. Of course, those wishing to amend their wills after death won't......

  • In-House Counsel Hate California. Here's Why

    2015-07-29T21:57:11Z

    California dreams are often more like nightmares for many in-house counsel. In-house counsel have a largely negative view of the state's litigation and regulatory climate, according to a new survey by the law firm Archer Norris. In-house lawyers perceive litigation as a greater risk in California than other states. The......

Criminal Law News

  • Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:47:03 GMT

    DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain.

  • Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:44:58 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

  • 7 Hawaii telescope protesters arrested for defying new rule

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:37:09 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Seven people protesting a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea (mau-NAH'-kay-AH') have been arrested for defying an emergency rule created to prevent camping on the mountain that is held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

  • Police: Man shot neighbor in face, ran her over with mower

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:36:56 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who became agitated about his next-door neighbor mowing her lawn at night shot her and then ran a push mower over her body, authorities said Friday.

  • Maine landlord pleads not guilty in fire that killed 6

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:29:22 GMT

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of an apartment house in Portland where six tenants died in the deadliest blaze in 40 years in Maine pleaded not guilty Friday to six counts of manslaughter.

Supreme Court News

  • Today in History

    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:05:09 GMT

    Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2015. There are 164 days left in the year.

  • Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

    Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:54:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.

  • Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk's same-sex marriage case

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:32:27 GMT

    ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official in Kentucky can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Resistance to gay marriages travels a well-worn path

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:03:43 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In 1967, Liane Peters, an immigrant from Germany, fell in love with a quiet, handsome man she worked with at a Miami bakery. The couple went together to the Dade County courthouse and asked for a marriage license. But she was white and he was black, and a county judge turned them away.

  • 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.

Political News

  • GOP proposes protections for already protected clergy

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:59:13 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Republican wants to explicitly allow clergy in Georgia to refuse to perform gay marriages — a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.

  • Judge: Virginia can ban future Confederate license plates

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:59:07 GMT

    DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia can ban the Confederate flag from specialty license plates the state issues in the future, a federal judge said Friday, but no decision has been announced on whether existing tags can be revoked.

  • Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:47:03 GMT

    DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain.

  • Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:18:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

  • Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:13:58 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.