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  • Northern California chief's new approach revitalizes force

    Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:01:19 GMT

    RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police.

  • Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:49:37 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by human-rights groups.

  • Snowstorm delays Boston Marathon bombing trial

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:47:00 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is suspended Monday because a snowstorm is expected.

  • Michigan fighting claims of sexual abuse by teens in prison

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:30:18 GMT

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's prison system is the target of a class-action lawsuit alleging that guards and other workers failed to prevent the sexual assault of male teen inmates who were locked up with adults.

  • 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' sweeps Sundance Awards

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:39:08 GMT

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Sundance breakout "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film-lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Traits to Look For in a Great Legal Assistant

    2015-01-29T18:59:01Z

    What should you look for in a paralegal or legal assistant? We don't mean "what should you put in the job application." That's easy: Writing skills, attention to detail, flexible schedule, and so on. We're talking about personality traits that an ideal paralegal possesses, things that are essential to him......

  • Meet Ted Wells, Lawyer-Turned-NFL 'Deflategate' Investigator

    2015-01-28T20:14:01Z

    Who is Ted Wells Jr., and why are blogging about him?By now, you've either never heard of "Deflategate" or you're sick of hearing about it. Here's the short, short version: In the AFC championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots on January 18, it was discovered......

  • SEC OKs Share Registration for Calif. Marijuana Company

    2015-01-28T19:41:01Z

    Every startup needs a lawyer, but startups are already shaky value propositions if you think you're going to burst onto the GC stage, or advance your extant career by working for a company that develops an app to check the temperature of your bath water. (It's even worse when you......

  • FTC's 'Internet of Things' Report States the Obvious

    2015-01-28T16:53:01Z

    The Internet of Things -- all those gizmos that connect to the Internet, like your refrigerator, your thermostat, and that device that tells you how many eggs you have in the fridge -- is what our future looks like. It's also, as we've chronicled before, a huge security risk. Thankfully,......

  • Calif. State Judges Can't Belong to the Boy Scouts Anymore

    2015-01-27T22:52:01Z

    Ah, the Boy Scouts. They teach you how to use knives, camp in the woods, and make things out of other things. The Boy Scouts have been under fire in recent years, though. Turns out they're a Christian organization that, until 2012, refused to admit openly gay Scouts, and still......

  • EEOC Wins 'Mark of the Beast' Religious Discrimination Suit

    2015-01-27T20:53:01Z

    Here's what's not interesting about this case brought by the EEOC: An employee was forced to retire because of his religious beliefs. A West Virginia jury found in favor of the employee, Beverly R. Butcher Jr., and awarded him $150,000. Here's what is interesting about this case: Butcher's employer, Consol......

Criminal Law News

  • Man arrested outside White House grounds

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 23:46:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has arrested a man who climbed a bicycle rack outside the White House grounds Sunday, and he's been charged with unlawful entry.

  • Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:49:37 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by human-rights groups.

  • Sheriff seeking 'person of interest' after 5 people killed

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:56:49 GMT

    LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they are searching for a "person of interest" after five people were found slain inside a home in west Georgia.

  • Boyfriend arrested in rape, brutal attack of California girl

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 19:42:40 GMT

    HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Police in Central California arrested a man accused of holding his 16-year-old girlfriend in a car, raping her and beating her with a tire iron over the course of five days.

  • Michigan fighting claims of sexual abuse by teens in prison

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 19:16:07 GMT

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's prison system is defending against a major lawsuit that claims guards and other employees failed to prevent the sexual assault of male inmates under 18 who were housed with adults.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Ga. man

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:27 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill's lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • High court won't halt Georgia execution

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:48:33 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:49:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and embarrassed the court by managing to get a camera past court security.

  • Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Political News

  • South Sudan's warring factions sign another peace deal

    Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:55:29 GMT

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions have signed another peace deal to end hostilities.

  • No one hurt as small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers

    Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:04:17 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two explosions at a transit hub near major downtown shopping malls in the Thai capital on Sunday night were caused by small improvised explosive devices, but no one was hurt and damage was minor, police said.

  • Northern California chief's new approach revitalizes force

    Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:01:19 GMT

    RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police.

  • Man arrested outside White House grounds

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 23:46:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has arrested a man who climbed a bicycle rack outside the White House grounds Sunday, and he's been charged with unlawful entry.

  • Obama weighs in on deflated footballs, politics

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 23:07:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday said the NFL should consider how referees can control game footballs instead of individual teams and he defended his aggressive stance with congressional Republicans during a live interview during NBC's Super Bowl pregame show.