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  • Assault charges for 3 deputies in horse-chase beating

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:49:17 GMT

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Three sheriff's deputies involved in the televised beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback have been charged with felony assault.

  • Trial begins for officer charged with abusing Indian man

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:47:38 GMT

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys questioned potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of an Alabama police officer charged with using excessive force against an Indian grandfather who was visiting his family near Huntsville.

  • Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:38:41 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades — a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

  • Parents of women killed on San Francisco pier file claims

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:35:28 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a San Francisco woman who was fatally shot by a man in the country illegally said Tuesday that federal and local authorities contributed to the death of their daughter through negligence and bureaucratic bungling.

  • Judge drops case against prominent gay-rights activist

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:34:46 GMT

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed sex-crimes charges against prominent gay rights activist Terry Bean after the alleged teenage victim refused to testify against him.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Practicing in Marijuana Law Remains a Risky Bet

    2015-09-01T21:57:29Z

    Think your future is in weed law? Twenty-three states and D.C. have laws allowing for medical marijuana. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska have legalized recreational weed, and California is expected to join them next year. All those growers, distributors, and vendors need lawyers and if the end of marijuana......

  • Supreme Court Denies Stay, Ordering Ky. Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses

    2015-09-01T19:45:07Z

    The Supreme Court has refused to grant an emergency stay to a Kentucky county clerk who refused to wed gay couples. This June, the Supreme Court recognized marriage as a fundamental right that cannot be denied to same-sex couples. The Court's refusal to grant a stay, issued in a one-sentence......

  • 7 Logical Fallacies Lawyers Need to Stop Using

    2015-09-01T16:57:43Z

    Argumentation is part of any lawyer's DNA. It's essential to the profession and it's often something lawyers deeply enjoy. But good argumentation means avoiding -- or at least recognizing -- the hundreds of logical fallacies that can work their way into an exchange. Of course, one man's sophistry is......

  • 9th Cir to Decide If California's Death Penalty Is Constitutional

    2015-09-01T15:59:03Z

    You can still be sentenced to death in California, but you can't be executed -- not since a surprise ruling last year struck down the state's death penalty program as unconstitutional. The program wasn't struck down because executions are inherently cruel punishment, but because the state was too slow......

  • FTC - the Federal Internet Cop

    2015-09-01T12:59:51Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. The Internet brings people together in all sorts of new ways. And when people come together, there can be all sorts of problems. So, is there a federal watchdog looking out for......

  • Listen While You Litigate: 3 Podcasts for Lawyers

    2015-08-31T21:57:44Z

    Here's something new for your ear: podcasts for lawyers. If you're the type of attorney who likes to listen to talk radio while you put together motions or play Brahms while you brief, then lawyer podcasts can offer an enjoyable, educational addition to your playlist. Or, if you're less......

Criminal Law News

  • Assault charges for 3 deputies in horse-chase beating

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:49:17 GMT

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Three sheriff's deputies involved in the televised beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback have been charged with felony assault.

  • Trial begins for officer charged with abusing Indian man

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:47:38 GMT

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys questioned potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of an Alabama police officer charged with using excessive force against an Indian grandfather who was visiting his family near Huntsville.

  • Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:38:41 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades — a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

  • Parents of women killed on San Francisco pier file claims

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:35:28 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a San Francisco woman who was fatally shot by a man in the country illegally said Tuesday that federal and local authorities contributed to the death of their daughter through negligence and bureaucratic bungling.

  • Nigeria to deploy drones to curb oil theft

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:30:57 GMT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will deploy drones across the territorial waters of Africa's largest oil producer as part of a series of new efforts to help curb rampant oil theft, a company official said Tuesday.

Supreme Court News

  • Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:31:30 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked "God's authority" Tuesday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt.

  • Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:01:09 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and "God's authority" — this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

  • Will clerk issue gay marriage licenses after court ruling?

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:50:31 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against the county clerk who refused to issue gay marriage licenses, leaving her with perhaps her toughest decision yet: Hand out licenses or risk potential fines or even possible jail time.

  • Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:52:34 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

  • Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:25:01 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Political News

  • Assault charges for 3 deputies in horse-chase beating

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:49:17 GMT

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Three sheriff's deputies involved in the televised beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback have been charged with felony assault.

  • Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:38:41 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades — a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

  • Parents of women killed on San Francisco pier file claims

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:35:28 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a San Francisco woman who was fatally shot by a man in the country illegally said Tuesday that federal and local authorities contributed to the death of their daughter through negligence and bureaucratic bungling.

  • Arkansas governor asked to set execution dates for 8 inmates

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:34:46 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set execution dates for eight death row inmates in what would be the state's first executions in a decade.

  • Guatemalan president's immunity lifted in corruption scandal

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:28:37 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina's immunity of office on Tuesday, opening him up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration and the country's political system.