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  • Court hearing for 6 officers charged in death of black man

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:59:08 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers accused in the death in April of a black man who was in their custody.

  • Fate of 'Angola Three' inmate is argued before appeals court

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:55:57 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana attorneys asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to block the release of longtime inmate Albert Woodfox and allow prosecutors to try him a third time in the 1972 death of a prison guard, but Woodfox's lawyer said a fair trial would be impossible due to the passage of time and the death of critical witnesses..

  • Oklahoma man handed life sentence in machete killing

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:47:42 GMT

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A northern Oklahoma man accused of nearly beheading a 19-year-old friend with a machete has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • The Latest: Judge refuses to drop charges in Baltimore

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:47:14 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a week after suffering a critical spine injury in custody (all times local):

  • Ex-corporal: Tulsa sheriff failed to act on deputy criticism

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:44:28 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's corporal says the leader of the agency should have taken action after an internal memo raised questions about the training and workplace behavior of a volunteer deputy who later fatally shot an unarmed man.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Practicing in Marijuana Law Remains a Risky Bet

    2015-09-01T21:57:29Z

    Think your future is in weed law? Twenty-three states and D.C. have laws allowing for medical marijuana. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska have legalized recreational weed, and California is expected to join them next year. All those growers, distributors, and vendors need lawyers and if the end of marijuana......

  • Supreme Court Denies Stay, Ordering Ky. Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses

    2015-09-01T19:45:07Z

    The Supreme Court has refused to grant an emergency stay to a Kentucky county clerk who refused to wed gay couples. This June, the Supreme Court recognized marriage as a fundamental right that cannot be denied to same-sex couples. The Court's refusal to grant a stay, issued in a one-sentence......

  • 7 Logical Fallacies Lawyers Need to Stop Using

    2015-09-01T16:57:43Z

    Argumentation is part of any lawyer's DNA. It's essential to the profession and it's often something lawyers deeply enjoy. But good argumentation means avoiding -- or at least recognizing -- the hundreds of logical fallacies that can work their way into an exchange. Of course, one man's sophistry is......

  • 9th Cir to Decide If California's Death Penalty Is Constitutional

    2015-09-01T15:59:03Z

    You can still be sentenced to death in California, but you can't be executed -- not since a surprise ruling last year struck down the state's death penalty program as unconstitutional. The program wasn't struck down because executions are inherently cruel punishment, but because the state was too slow......

  • FTC - the Federal Internet Cop

    2015-09-01T12:59:51Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. The Internet brings people together in all sorts of new ways. And when people come together, there can be all sorts of problems. So, is there a federal watchdog looking out for......

  • Listen While You Litigate: 3 Podcasts for Lawyers

    2015-08-31T21:57:44Z

    Here's something new for your ear: podcasts for lawyers. If you're the type of attorney who likes to listen to talk radio while you put together motions or play Brahms while you brief, then lawyer podcasts can offer an enjoyable, educational addition to your playlist. Or, if you're less......

Criminal Law News

  • Court hearing for 6 officers charged in death of black man

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:56:34 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers accused in the death in April of a black man who was in their custody.

  • Fate of 'Angola Three' inmate is argued before appeals court

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:55:57 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana attorneys asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to block the release of longtime inmate Albert Woodfox and allow prosecutors to try him a third time in the 1972 death of a prison guard, but Woodfox's lawyer said a fair trial would be impossible due to the passage of time and the death of critical witnesses..

  • DC official: Woman tried to grab girl from stroller on train

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:52:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington transit official says a woman tried to grab a 2-year-old girl who was strapped into her stroller while riding a train with her mother, but another passenger tackled her.

  • Oklahoma man handed life sentence in machete killing

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:47:42 GMT

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A northern Oklahoma man accused of nearly beheading a 19-year-old friend with a machete has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • The Latest: Judge refuses to drop charges in Baltimore

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:47:14 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a week after suffering a critical spine injury in custody (all times local):

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

  • US offers $10 million in grants for railroad crossing fixes

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:59:42 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials on Wednesday offered $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments.

  • Fate of 'Angola Three' inmate is argued before appeals court

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:55:57 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana attorneys asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to block the release of longtime inmate Albert Woodfox and allow prosecutors to try him a third time in the 1972 death of a prison guard, but Woodfox's lawyer said a fair trial would be impossible due to the passage of time and the death of critical witnesses..

  • US markets recover a day after big plunge

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:55:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are moving broadly higher as the market bounces back from a plunge the day before.

  • Ex-corporal: Tulsa sheriff failed to act on deputy criticism

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:44:28 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's corporal says the leader of the agency should have taken action after an internal memo raised questions about the training and workplace behavior of a volunteer deputy who later fatally shot an unarmed man.

  • Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:41:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.