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  • Latest Texas school finance case reaches state Supreme Court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:43:07 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for 600-plus school districts suing Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the GOP-controlled Legislature doesn't provide enough funding for classrooms and distributes it unfairly, especially given ever-tougher academic curriculum standards and a population boom pushing enrollment to record levels.

  • Man mistaken for hat-wearing bank robber seeks $3.3 million

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:36:51 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Rodolfo Valladares wore the wrong hat to the bank while trying to cash a $100 check in a case of mistaken identity that's led to a court battle over $3.3 million.

  • Men accused of threatening Pokemon championships denied bail

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:34:41 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men accused of making online threats of violence against a Pokemon competition in Boston were ordered held without bail Tuesday after a judge rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle online bravado.

  • Man accused of harassing American Indian students cleared

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:31:53 GMT

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge has cleared a South Dakota man accused of harassing American Indian children with racial slurs and spilling beer on them at a minor league hockey game in Rapid City.

  • West Point prof who called legal scholars treasonous resigns

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:30:28 GMT

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A West Point professor criticized for writing an article calling some legal scholars treasonous and "lawful targets" for the U.S. military in its war on terrorism has resigned a month after he was hired to teach a law course.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • You Don't Have to Be BigLaw to Hire Top Talent

    2015-08-31T18:58:39Z

    When it comes to recruiting new attorneys, it can be hard for small practices and boutique firms to compete with for top talent -- but it's not impossible. After all, there's a reason you don't work for a major firm. Because those jobs are awful. Instead of being another overpaid......

  • New Report Surveys IP Litigation Trends Over the Past Six Years

    2015-08-31T17:46:01Z

    If you work in an IP-heavy industry, you know just how important a role litigation can play in protecting (or abusing) intellectual property rights. Now, Lex Machina, the IP litigation research company, has conducted one of the first, wide-ranging overviews of copyright litigation trends over the past years. Lex Machina......

  • 7 Celebrities Who Survived Law School

    2015-08-31T16:55:13Z

    Two years ago, the Pew Research Center announced that lawyers were the most hated professionals in America. No surprise there -- very few people think their ex's divorce attorney was just a committed professional doing the best for her client. But for all the hate, there are plenty of......

  • Go Ahead With Your Bulk Data Collection, D.C. Cir .Tells NSA

    2015-08-31T09:57:32Z

    The NSA can continue its controversial mass phone metadata collection now, after the D.C. Circuit threw out a lower court injunction against the program on Friday. The D.C. Circuit panel found that the plaintiff, conservative lawyer Larry Klayman, had not shown a likelihood that he would succeed on the......

  • 3D Gun Printers Take Their Case to the Fifth Circuit

    2015-08-31T10:57:22Z

    3D printers promise to allow anyone to create complex objects at home. For a few hundred dollars, you can pick up a consumer-grade 3D printer and start printing out toys, architectural models, or firearms. Yep, it's pretty easy for anyone with a 3D printer to print out a gun......

  • Is Your Email Secure Enough for Client Communications?

    2015-08-28T19:57:55Z

    Most lawyers communicate primarily through email. At the same time, lawyers need to take reasonable efforts to prevent disclosure of client communications and information. Are these two things in conflict? Potentially. It's fair to say that email isn't the world's most secure communication system. For one, the NSA regularly......

Criminal Law News

  • Man mistaken for hat-wearing bank robber seeks $3.3 million

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:36:51 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Rodolfo Valladares wore the wrong hat to the bank while trying to cash a $100 check in a case of mistaken identity that's led to a court battle over $3.3 million.

  • Investigators: Georgia officer likely shot by other officers

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:34:15 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers who arrived at the wrong metro Atlanta home after a report of suspicious activity shot the man who lives there, killed his dog and "likely" shot a fellow officer, leaving him seriously wounded, authorities said Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Police hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:33:54 GMT

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in northern Illinois (all times local):

  • Former Tulsa deputy testifies before grand jury

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:30:04 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy who says he was pressured to sign off on memos regarding the training of a reserve deputy accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man testified Tuesday before a grand jury looking into the agency.

  • Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:22:24 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for two decades — a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot have steadily softened.

Supreme Court News

  • Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:31:30 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked "God's authority" Tuesday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt.

  • Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:01:09 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and "God's authority" — this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

  • Will clerk issue gay marriage licenses after court ruling?

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:50:31 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against the county clerk who refused to issue gay marriage licenses, leaving her with perhaps her toughest decision yet: Hand out licenses or risk potential fines or even possible jail time.

  • Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:52:34 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

  • Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:25:01 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Political News

  • Senate leader: Not enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:57:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood.

  • Texas regulator clears oil and gas company of causing quakes

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:55:09 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state inquiry has found that an oil and gas company's disposal well operations likely did not cause a series of North Texas earthquakes.

  • State's wildlife policy debated after encounter with bear

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:54:17 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A debate over Connecticut's wildlife policy reignited after state officials said last week they will trap and kill a bear cub that approached a hiker in a wildlife area, startling but not harming her.

  • Canada in recession; PM Harper denies it as election looms

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:44:31 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Stephen Harper, campaigning for a fourth term on a record of economic growth, has refused to recognize that Canada is in a recession, despite new data to the contrary.

  • Latest Texas school finance case reaches state Supreme Court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:43:07 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for 600-plus school districts suing Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the GOP-controlled Legislature doesn't provide enough funding for classrooms and distributes it unfairly, especially given ever-tougher academic curriculum standards and a population boom pushing enrollment to record levels.