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  • Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:41:48 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

  • Reporter's family urges Iran to release him

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:02:25 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post who has been jailed in Iran since July is urging authorities to release him, saying on Thursday that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce."

  • South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:15:30 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

  • Memorial underway for Cleveland killer's victims

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:09:11 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Relatives of the 11 victims of a convicted Cleveland serial killer have broken ground on a memorial at the site where those victims' remains were found and the man's home was later demolished.

  • Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:53:41 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state's international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists and the U.S. say, not so fast.

  • For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:24:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Half-Uncle's Marriage to Half-Niece Not Incestuous: N.Y. Court

    2014-10-29T18:56:01Z

    What is incest, really? Back in February, we mentioned that the Second Circuit had certified that question to the New York Court of Appeals. Huyen Nguyen became a conditional permanent resident of the United States in 2000 thanks to her marriage to Vu Truong, a U.S. citizen. Nguyen petitioned to......

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  • Should We Elect Judges? Shady Money Answers Obvious Question

    2014-10-29T21:12:01Z

    Is electing judges a good idea? Our gut reaction is "no," but for the sake of argument, let's take a look at the current state of the courts to see just what's happening with elected versus appointed judges. In Pennsylvania, a former Supreme Court judge just dropped her appeal of......

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  • With McCaffery, Castille Leaving, Pa. High Court Set for Change

    2014-10-29T17:51:01Z

    Earlier this week, the long-simmering and now-public feud between Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and Chief Justice Ronald Castille finally ended with McCaffery's resignation. Their bitter battle goes back years (and ended with a pornographic email scandal); many suspect it was the reason why Castille ran a retention election......

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  • 10th Cir. Explains Why Citizens United's Film Donors Can Stay Secret

    2014-10-29T19:50:01Z

    Last week, we reported about a quick, three-paragraph order allowing Citizens United to show the film "Rocky Mountain Heist" without having to disclose the names of the people who donated to the project. The Tenth Circuit promised that it would deliver a substantive opinion on the issue soon, and on......

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  • SCOTUS Stays Execution of Mo. Inmate Abandoned by Counsel

    2014-10-29T19:36:01Z

    Convicted murderer Mark Christeson got the rarest of reprieves: a Supreme Court stay blocking his execution (for now). With an execution set for midnight (Wednesday morning), he was spared with just a few hours to go over the dissent of Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. Why the reprieve? The order......

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Criminal Law News

  • Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:41:48 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

  • Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:19:25 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city.

  • German 'Autobahn sniper' sentenced to 10 ½ years

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:58:29 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to 10 ½ years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.

  • South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:15:30 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

  • Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:28:44 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.

  • Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in court

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:49:02 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defense lawyers say the Marine Corps should not be retrying a Marine sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence.

Supreme Court News

  • Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:32:08 GMT

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

  • Expelled Nazis got millions in Social Security

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:44:55 GMT

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

  • Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:22:34 GMT

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

  • High court balks at last-minute voting changes

    Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:04:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

  • Justices balk at last-minute voting changes

    Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:31:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

  • Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

    Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:18:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

Political News

  • Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:49:21 GMT

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered a northern Syrian border town, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled Kobani, activists said.

  • Stocks mixed after Fed ends stimulus

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:48:31 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Stock markets mostly rose in Asia but fell in Europe on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it will end a stimulus program that was as massive as it was controversial. The dollar strengthened after the U.S. central bank hinted at an eventual interest rate hike.

  • Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:32:16 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks to guarantee that Russian gas imports flow into rival Ukraine throughout the winter appeared to be an impasse Thursday because of doubts over payments from Kiev.

  • Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:19:25 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city.

  • UK court says Libyan can sue over rendition

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:09:01 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — A British court says a former Libyan military commander can sue the U.K. government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition.

  • Reporter's family urges Iran to release him

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:02:25 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post who has been jailed in Iran since July is urging authorities to release him, saying on Thursday that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce."

Trending Legal News

  • Transvaginal Mesh - the quick fix with no quick fix

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:53:15 GMT

    Numerous "big-pharma" companies marketed various transvaginal mesh products to tens of thousands of women and their physicians claiming that it would be a "quick fix" for pelvic organ prolapse, stress incontinence, and other related medical issues. In theory, a simple...

  • Question of fact: Did the location of a stove in an apartment cause injuries to child

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:52:00 GMT

    An Illinois Appellate Court has recently reversed the decision of a Cook County Circuit Court Judge entering summary judgment in favor of a property owner and property manager on the grounds that the injured plaintiff, a minor child, had presented...

  • Co-parents, are you prepared for trick-or-treating?

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:53:00 GMT

    Later this week, children all over the nation will walk or run from house to house asking for treats. Dressed up as ghosts, cartoon characters and a host of other inventive people, places and things, many of these children will...

  • California officer killed in tragic motor vehicle accident

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:33:49 GMT

    Police officers put their lives on the line every day as they work hard to protect and serve their respective areas, but the knowledge that their job is dangerous does not make the loss of an officer any less tragic....

  • 2 people injured in car accident on Kentucky highway

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:24:09 GMT

    A 54-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man have been injured in an accident. The car accident took place on a Kentucky roadway when one of the drivers became distracted by a passing vehicle. This resulted in a three-vehicle car accident...