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  • Student activists in Thailand go before military court

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:41:50 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand freed 14 student activists from detention Tuesday ahead of their trial but said they still face sedition charges — and up to seven years in prison — for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings.

  • Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:22:48 GMT

    CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson is due back in court as his trial on charges of plotting to kill a prosecutor approaches.

  • Oregon lawmakers vote to help gay veterans, strippers

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:59:34 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on track to be the first state to hire a coordinator to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation.

  • Arizona governor calls for probe of private prison unrest

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:57:29 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Days of unrest at a privately run prison in Arizona became a nightmare scenario as inmates rioted, trashed housing units and injured guards, prompting the governor to order an investigation Monday into the problem at the facility.

  • Excerpts of Bill Cosby's statements in a 2005 deposition

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:10:28 GMT

    Excerpts of statements made by entertainer Bill Cosby under questioning in 2005 from a lawyer for former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused him, in a case that was settled before trial, of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion:

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Shark Week: A Brief History of the Lawyer as Shark

    2015-07-06T17:59:59Z

    It's time for Discovery's Shark Week again, the annual celebration of all things cold-blooded, sharp toothed, and, well, sharky. FindLaw is jumping on the bandwagon, celebrating the shark in all lawyers. Even though Shark Week is in its 28th year, lawyers have been called sharks even longer -- for......

  • From Lawyer to Politician: Pros and Cons of Running for Office

    2015-07-06T16:17:50Z

    Abraham Lincoln got his start as a lawyer. Then again, so did Nixon. In fact, more than half of the U.S. Presidents have been lawyers. Working as an attorney is still one of the most common paths to political office, with 37 percent of the House and 57 percent of......

  • 3 Metrics to Live By: How to Evaluate Your Legal Department's Performance

    2015-07-06T15:57:49Z

    Whether you're a legal department of one or in charge of a behemoth in-house team, managing a legal department is no easy task -- especially if you're doing it blindly. How exactly do you track your performance or know if you are maximizing your department's resources? Metrics, of course.......

  • Is It Time to Change Your Company's Non-Compete Clauses?

    2015-07-02T21:25:50Z

    No company likes to lose valuable employees -- given how much it costs to hire, train, and develop employees, pretty much all of them are valuable. What's worse is when a skilled employee leaves to work for the competition. As Chris Brown so eloquently put it, highly skilled professionals......

  • California Adopts Strong New Vaccination Law, Removes Exemptions

    2015-07-02T19:36:29Z

    Oh how the tides have turned. California, once a bastion for anti-vaccination activists, adopted one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country this week. On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the new legislation, which requires all children attending public schools to be vaccinated against polio, measles, hepatitis B......

  • LAPD Can't Search Hotel Registries Without a Warrant, Court Rules

    2015-07-02T18:49:12Z

    Your local No Tell Motel can truly live up to its name, thanks to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court. Last week, the High Court gave a wink and nod to secret lovers and hotel clerks throughout the land, ruling that laws allowing police to inspect hotel registries......

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  • Student activists in Thailand go before military court

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:41:50 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand freed 14 student activists from detention Tuesday ahead of their trial but said they still face sedition charges — and up to seven years in prison — for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings.

  • Police ID gunman, victim he shot in Austin hotel lobby

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:46:15 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police have released the identity of a gunman killed by an officer in a posh downtown hotel after the man fatally shot another person in the lobby.

  • New Orleans: Officer arrested for obstruction of justice

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:39:35 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans police Monday arrested one of their own officers for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer.

  • New Orleans officer arrested for obstruction of justice

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:55:23 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested one of their own officers for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer.

  • Poached alligator identified as Southeast Texas man's killer

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:47:10 GMT

    ORANGE, Texas (AP) — An 11-foot, 400-pound alligator game officials say was shot and killed without a permit has been identified as the beast that killed a late-night swimmer at a Southeast Texas marina.

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

  • China opens exhibition to mark the war victory over Japan

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:55:52 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China opened an exhibition Tuesday commemorating the World War II victory over Japan, part of a propaganda push to stir up nationalism by observing the 70th anniversary of the war's end in Asia with great fanfare.

  • Student activists in Thailand go before military court

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:41:50 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand freed 14 student activists from detention Tuesday ahead of their trial but said they still face sedition charges — and up to seven years in prison — for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings.

  • Illinois voters head to polls in primary for Schock's seat

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:33:05 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois voters were set to nominate potential successors Tuesday for ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, once a rising Republican star who resigned amid questions about his use of taxpayer and campaign funds for worldwide travels and the "Downton Abbey"-styled redecoration of his congressional office.

  • The battle for control of the human breast milk industry

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:31:40 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than t7/8he price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee.

  • Greek PM Tsipras races to restart talks after vote win

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:54:55 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads Tuesday to Brussels, where he will try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders. Tsipras faces intense pressure from creditors abroad and banks at home who all demand what Greece lacks: money.