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  • Lawsuit: Jail censors inmate mail, forces postcard use

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:35:09 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit that advocates for prisoners' rights says a Tennessee county is illegally censoring mail the group sends to inmates and forcing the use of postcards instead of letters.

  • Judge gives final approval for $338M oil train settlement

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:22:33 GMT

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end.

  • The Latest: UN chief: Peace Prize choice an example for all

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:11:07 GMT

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — The latest developments in the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. All times local.

  • Judge rules against Menendez's attempt to dismiss charges

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:10:51 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge ruled against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's remaining attempts to have the corruption charges against him thrown out.

  • Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:57:35 GMT

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A coalition of Tunisian workers, business owners, rights activists and lawyers won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for intervening at a crucial time to push the North African country that sparked the Arab Spring revolutions toward democracy and away from civil war. Legal Blogs

  • 3D Printing Creates Growth Opportunities for Your Practice


    Need some new toys, architectural models, or maybe an undetectable gun? No need to take a trip to the store. For a few hundred dollars, you can pick up a consumer-grade 3-D printer and start printing out everything from Japanese flutes to Adidas sneakers. For lawyers, 3D printers could......

  • SCOTUS to Start Highlighting Changes in its Opinions


    The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it will start highlighting changes to public released opinions. The changes will be highlighted in the text of the opinion and both the old and new material will be visible to readers by placing their cursor over the brightened sections. This may not......

  • Want Federal Habeas Review? It Just Got Easier in the 9th Circuit


    The 9th Circuit clarified the law for misdemeanants seeking Habeas Review this Wednesday. The court en banc overruled its own 1995 decision, Larche v. Simons, requiring misdmeanants in California to exhaust all available state remedies before seeking Federal Habeus review by filing a petition in California's highest court. The circuit......

  • California Continues Quixotic Quest to Cancel Citizens United


    California voters may be able to express their opposition to Citizens United when they go to the ballot box. The California Supreme Court seems poised to allow a public referendum, proposed by the state legislature, on whether the Constitution should be amended to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens......

  • Florida Judge Suspended After Fisticuffs With Public Defender


    The Florida Supreme Court suspended Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy on Monday, sending a strong message to the state's magistrates: stop trying to beat up public defenders. Last June, Judge Murphy got into a bit of a spat with public defender Andrew Weinstock, telling him "You know, if......

  • NSA/GCHQ Tool Watches the Watchmen? Not Really


    2015 has been a good year for online privacy advocates -- kind of. Earlier this year, the Investigatory Power Tribunal in the UK ruled that British Intelligence Services (unfortunately not the same as M16) overstepped their legal authority when they accessed the private communications of millions that had been......

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  • Changes to justices' opinions will be highlighted

    Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:44:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking a step to address criticism that its inner workings are opaque.

  • Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:03:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months.

  • Today in History

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:58 GMT

    Today is Sunday, October 4, the 277th day of 2015. There are 88 days left in the year.

  • Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:20:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

  • Supreme Court to review European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:12:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the European Union can pursue its lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe as part of a global money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

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