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  • La. court clerks get OK to issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:42:50 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Just after two men in New Orleans celebrated what apparently was the first same-sex wedding in the state, clerks of court across Louisiana got the go-ahead Monday to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

  • Jury deliberating fate of 'Big Tony' in businessman's death

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:39:33 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A jury began deliberations Monday afternoon in the trial of reputed mobster Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello, accused of ordering the killing of a South Florida businessman in 2001.

  • Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:38:10 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.

  • Union sues feds over hack, says agency had ample warning

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:36:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history.

  • Judge tosses feds' terrorism allegation against Florida imam

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:30:04 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge says prosecutors took snippets of information out of context to create a nonexistent terrorism plot by an Islamic scholar in Florida.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Legal Writing

    2015-06-29T17:59:38Z

    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.......

  • Deans and Scholars Pressure California to Adopt Uniform Bar Exam

    2015-06-29T16:03:03Z

    The Uniform Bar Exam is about to get more, well, uniform. The UBE, which provides one test and one score but portability to the 16 different states what accept it, was recently adopted by New York. The Empire State's 15,000-some bar examinees will sit for the UBE for the......

  • New DNA Evidence Can Reset Statute of Limitations, 7th Rules

    2015-06-29T13:57:18Z

    An armed robber who was discovered and prosecuted years after the crime has failed in his challenge to his conviction. Pascal Sylla, convicted in 2013 of committing a 2003 robbery in Anderson, Indiana, challenged a federal law which extended statutes of limitations when new DNA evidence links an individual......

  • Lawyer Won't Get Share of S.S. Central America's Sunken Treasure

    2015-06-26T18:59:19Z

    Well, I wish I'd known this earlier. Apparently, you can make a career as a treasure hunter, even in these modern times. Though it's not easy, as the Columbus-America Discovery Group learned when they went into receivership after collecting sunken treasure from the S.S. Central America. Their lawyer --......

  • 6th Circuit Overturned on Same-Sex Marriage

    2015-06-26T18:43:29Z

    The Sixth Circuit was always the outlier when it came to same-sex marriage. Over the past two years, the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits have all found a constructional right to same-sex marriage. Meanwhile the Sixth went it alone, rejecting the plaintiffs' claim that refusing to allow them......

  • Is Your Workplace Environment Toxic? 3 Tips for Coping

    2015-06-26T19:59:06Z

    We're not talking mercury in the ground or asbestos in the ceiling here. The type of toxic workplace we have in mind isn't one that poisons you over decades -- it grinds you down every day. A toxic work environment is filled with rude or insensitive interactions, aggressive relationships,......

Criminal Law News

  • Jury deliberating fate of 'Big Tony' in businessman's death

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:39:33 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A jury began deliberations Monday afternoon in the trial of reputed mobster Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello, accused of ordering the killing of a South Florida businessman in 2001.

  • Obama, Rousseff try to put spy scandal behind them

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:35:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will aim to show they have smoothed over tensions sparked by a spying scandal, as they open two days of talks at the White House Monday.

  • Judge tosses feds' terrorism allegation against Florida imam

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:30:04 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge says prosecutors took snippets of information out of context to create a nonexistent terrorism plot by an Islamic scholar in Florida.

  • Airline ops manager working on 9/11 is charged in sex sting

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:24:49 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An American Airlines operations manager who was among the few people to learn of the first 9/11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been arrested near Pittsburgh in an online child-sex sting.

  • Hearse and body stolen in Atlanta; police arrest suspect

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:19:17 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of snatching a funeral home employee's car keys, stealing a hearse with a body inside and later carjacking an SUV, has been arrested, Atlanta police said Monday.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:52:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

  • Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:50:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.

Political News

  • Cruz's new book ignites spat with GOP strategist Karl Rove

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:55:34 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though it's not even out yet, tea party firebrand Ted Cruz's new book is already irking at least one member of the Republican establishment: Karl Rove.

  • NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:47:00 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

  • Obama speaks to Cameron, Tunisian leader in attack aftermath

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:44:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering U.S. assistance to the investigation into the attack in Tunisia that killed 38 people at a beach resort.

  • La. court clerks get OK to issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:42:50 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Just after two men in New Orleans celebrated what apparently was the first same-sex wedding in the state, clerks of court across Louisiana got the go-ahead Monday to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

  • Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:38:10 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.