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  • He's the One! In Court ID Not a 'One Man Lineup,' 1st Cir. Rules

    2015-04-24T18:55:38Z

    It was a drug smuggling conspiracy straight out of a pulp novel -- or telenovella. For two years, Manuel "El Boss" Santana-Cabrera sent drug couriers on flights from San Juan to Philadelphia and New York. The couriers would check in with regular luggage, which airport workers would swap out......

  • I'm Drowning Here: What to Do When You Have Too Much Business

    2015-04-24T19:57:57Z

    In terms of First World Problems, complaining about having too much work is almost as bad as worrying that you have too much money. But, as any lawyer knows, work is work and having too much of it can detrimentally impact your cases and practice, not to mention your......

  • 3 Things to Know About Loretta Lynch, Our New Attorney General

    2015-04-24T19:09:01Z

    More than 50 days after she was nominated, Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday and became the nation's first African American, female attorney general. That wait was longer than the past seven most recent AGs combined, according to CNN, a result of a fight between President......

  • Family of Michael Brown Sues Ferguson, Darren Wilson

    2015-04-24T19:02:56Z

    Michael Brown's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson and the former officer that shot and killed the teen in August 2014. The civil lawsuit, asking for $75,000 in compensation as well as punitive damages was filed in St. Louis County on Thursday. The......

  • Water Rate Plan Illegal -- Decision Could Weaken Drought Measures

    2015-04-24T16:06:02Z

    In a decision that could undermine California's ability to respond to increasingly dire drought conditions, a state appellate court has ruled that San Juan Capistrano cannot implement tiered water rates that are not based on the cost of service provision. Under the city's plan, the rate charged for water......

  • 5 Ways Judges Can Improve Judicial Opinions

    2015-04-23T21:58:18Z

    We love judges, but sometimes, they rub us the wrong way with some bad habits they have in their opinions. Judicial decisions, especially from appellate courts, are working documents for trial and appellate lawyers, who have to cite them for precedent. Unfortunately, judges can do things that make life tough......

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  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:40:25 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings.

  • Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:19:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

  • High court makes it easier to sue government for negligence

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:14:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for people to sue the federal government for negligence, in a decision that could affect military veterans with claims of medical malpractice.

  • Justices: Police can't extend traffic stop awaiting drug dog

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:57:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that police may not extend an ordinary traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted officers to pull a vehicle over.

Political News

  • UN envoy: Parties in Yemen had been 'very close' to deal

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:55:05 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s outgoing special envoy to Yemen said Monday the parties there had been "very close" to reaching a political agreement before the current violence and that the main sticking point had been who would lead the Arab world's poorest country.

  • Compromise GOP budget hikes war funds, targets 'Obamacare'

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:54:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon.

  • UN: Israeli actions killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:44:10 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at U.N. locations during last year's Gaza war.

  • Maine lawmakers eye hayride regulations after deadly crash

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:43:02 GMT

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker is pushing to mandate that hayrides be inspected after a Halloween-themed ride crashed last year, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more than 20 others.

  • Tulsa County undersheriff resigns after memo, fatal shooting

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:34:27 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County Sheriff's Office senior official has resigned following a memo indicating the agency gave special treatment to a volunteer deputy who later fatally shot a restrained man, and that the official repeatedly rebuffed criticism of that reservist.