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  • Prosecutors: Evidence supports ex-Va. gov's convictions

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:30:16 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The actions taken by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his public corruption case were in some ways more blatant than those of a former congressman who hid nearly $100,000 in bribe money in his freezer, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

  • Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:41:45 GMT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.

  • Role of pot candy probed in apparent suicide in Colorado

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:39:11 GMT

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado are investigating whether marijuana candy played a role in the suspected suicide of a 22-year-old Oklahoma man.

  • Argentine appeals court throws out case against president

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:22:47 GMT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a case accusing President Cristina Fernandez and other top officials of a major cover-up deal with Iran, giving a victory of sorts to an administration that has been rocked by the mysterious death of the prosecutor who made the allegation.

  • Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by Ferguson protesters

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:13:04 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday.

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  • Date Set for Arguments in Obama Immigration Case

    2015-03-26T19:55:18Z

    The Fifth Circuit is set to hear arguments next month in the lawsuit over President Obama's executive actions on immigration, the court has announced. Each side will be given an hour for their arguments which will take place April 17th, in New Orleans. The case, Texas v. United States,......

  • Puerto Rico Will No Longer Enforce Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    2015-03-26T18:45:25Z

    Back in October, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the same-sex marriage trend by declaring that the island wouldn't be going the way of almost every other court in holding same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Last Friday, though, Judge Perez-Gimenez's decision became a lot less relevant. Puerto Rico announced that......

  • Update Your Resume, the Second Circuit is Hiring!

    2015-03-26T15:55:53Z

    Want to work for the federal judiciary? Now's your chance! The Second Circuit is currently on the lookout for candidates for a Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York. The gig lasts for 14 years and starts at $180,012 annually. If that salary is too much for......

  • Briefs Come in for Oklahoma Lethal Injection Case

    2015-03-26T17:55:23Z

    Oral arguments are just about a month away in Glossip v. Gross, the SCOTUS case challenging Oklahoma's use of lethal injections, and the briefs are just beginning to arrive. Glossip challenges Oklahoma's use of a three drug lethal injection cocktail, which has been connected to several botched executions. The......

  • Giving it Away: The Pros and Cons of the Free Consult

    2015-03-26T17:56:54Z

    People are cheap, they like free things, and paradoxically, this can be a great way to get into their pocketbooks. How can you turn a giveaway into a payday? For many lawyers, it's via the free consult, where attorneys meet with potential clients, answering basic questions and providing simple......

  • In Vino Vomitus: Lawsuit Warns of Arsenic-Tainted Wines

    2015-03-26T15:57:50Z

    Watch out sommeliers, oenophiles, and old-fashioned winos. According to a class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, your wine of choice may contain high levels of arsenic, the potentially toxic poison. According to the complaint, several popular wines contain up to 500% or more of the maximum......

Criminal Law News

  • US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:58:31 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

  • Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be business coach

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:58:25 GMT

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."

  • Filing: Teen says mom killed her siblings found in freezer

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:56:08 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

  • Police: Intoxicated man arrived by taxi to rob Florida bank

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:53:54 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an intoxicated man arrived by taxi to rob a Tallahassee, Florida, bank.

  • Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:46:51 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a former Los Angeles policeman has been charged with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape arrest for allegedly killing a man during an off-duty fight.

Supreme Court News

  • Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:01:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:02:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.

  • US high court limits investor suits over deceptive comments

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering, even if those statements turn out to be wrong.

Political News

  • US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:58:31 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

  • Latest on NY fire, building collapse: No gas odors reported

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:57:05 GMT

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  • Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:31:30 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.

  • Vatican sending diplomat to Obama summit with Latin America

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:20:26 GMT

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is sending a top emissary to a gathering between U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Latin America.

  • Gulf states ask UN Security Council for Yemen arms embargo

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:52:39 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee.