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  • Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:48:49 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

  • Complaint: Family detention can lead to psychological harm

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:48:01 GMT

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country "creates or exacerbates" psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Suspect handed preliminary charges over beheading in France

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:47:04 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A man with suspected ties to Islamic State extremists who is accused of beheading his boss at a French gas factory has been handed preliminary charges of murder and terrorism ties.

  • Appeals court sides with veterans in suit over experiments

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:32:43 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says the U.S. military must continue to alert veterans exposed to chemical and biological weapons experiments of any new information that may affect their health and provide them ongoing medical care.

  • Judge nixes bridge lane-closing suit against Christie allies

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:29:43 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by people who were stuck in traffic when lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed without warning in 2013. Legal Blogs

  • How Your Firm Can Be Certified as a Leader in Supporting Women


    Maybe you've heard the news: firms . Even though women are entering the legal field at unprecedented rates, women are still paid less than their male counterparts. Also, women are largely absent from high-level positions in firms. Some clear progress is being made, however. The Women in Law Empowerment Forum......

  • Bar Review Milestones: Only One Month Until the Exam


    The bar exam is just about a month away. One month. If you aren't starting to feel the pressure now, you should be. But you don't need to start pulling your hair out just yet. You've got plenty of time to shore up your strengths and deal with your......

  • Who Can Draw Legislative Districts? The People, SCOTUS Says


    The Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's use of independent commissions in drawing legislative districts. In order to prevent gerrymandering, the state elected, through public referendum, to establish an independent commission to draw congressional districts. The state legislature challenged this practice, arguing that it violated the constitution's Elections Clause, which......

  • Mitigating Cyber Risks


    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. Let's face it, the Internet can be a scary place from a risk standpoint. Indeed, it seems that on practically a daily basis we hear about a massive security breach and the......

  • Court Upholds Lethal Injection Cocktail, Breyer Strongly Dissents


    The Supreme Court released three opinions today, one day before the end of the term. Following last week's headline-grabbing opinions on marriage and healthcare, the Court continued making news, issuing rulings on the Clean Air Act, electoral redistricting and, chief among the opinions, the lethal injection. In the lethal......

  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Legal Writing


    Lawyers are writers. A majority of legal work involves some form of writing, whether it's an email to a client, a brief for the court, or a memo for a partner. Yet, there's often little attention paid to the craft of writing, despite its central role in an attorney's practice.......

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  • 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.

  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:12:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.

Political News

  • First lady: Career, technical studies offer students options

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:57:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of students gathered at the White House on Tuesday.

  • The Latest: EU talks to focus on new plan for Greece

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:55:37 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

  • US stocks rebound from slump as investors follow Greek drama

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:53:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gained on Tuesday afternoon, rebounding from big losses a day earlier, as investors followed the latest negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors. Greece's international bailout program was set to expire later in the day.

  • Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:52:52 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

  • Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:48:49 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.