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  • NY court refuses to hear appeals in chimp 'personhood' case

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:58:44 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An animal rights group seeking "legal personhood" for chimpanzees won't get a hearing in New York's highest court.

  • Man sentenced to life with no parole walks free in Missouri

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:57:35 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.

  • Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:52:47 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who has invoked "God's authority" and is defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to license same-sex marriage has been summoned along with her entire staff to explain to a federal judge why she should not face stiff fines or jail time.

  • West Point prof who called legal scholars treasonous resigns

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:51:41 GMT

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A professor criticized for writing an article calling some legal scholars treasonous has resigned from West Point a month after he was hired to teach a law course.

  • Michigan House panel mulls 2 lawmakers' fitness for office

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:48:05 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislative committee on Tuesday held a disciplinary hearing for two conservative lawmakers accused of misusing public resources to hide an affair, including by sending a false, sexually explicit email claiming one of them had sex with a male prostitute.

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 sentenced to life with no parole walks free in Missouri

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:57:35 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.

  • Black Lives Matter movement experiencing growing pains

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:51:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

  • Police officer facing arrest for burglary kills himself

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:47:31 GMT

    DILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania police officer shot himself to death after officers came to arrest him for committing a burglary at his estranged wife's home and then trying to frame her boyfriend for it.

  • Ukraine's parliament shows cracks over devolving powers

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:47:08 GMT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament majority showed cracks Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was leaving the coalition over a measure to give more power to Ukraine's regions, including the rebel-held east.

  • Nigeria's ex-security adviser denies weapons charge

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:45:39 GMT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's former national security adviser pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of possessing weapons illegally.

Supreme Court News

  • Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:52:47 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who has invoked "God's authority" and is defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to license same-sex marriage has been summoned along with her entire staff to explain to a federal judge why she should not face stiff fines or jail time.

  • 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

  • Man sentenced to life with no parole walks free in Missouri

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:57:35 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.

  • Black Lives Matter movement experiencing growing pains

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:51:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

  • Michigan House panel mulls 2 lawmakers' fitness for office

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:48:05 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislative committee on Tuesday held a disciplinary hearing for two conservative lawmakers accused of misusing public resources to hide an affair, including by sending a false, sexually explicit email claiming one of them had sex with a male prostitute.

  • Dutch government to appeal landmark climate change ruling

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:47:22 GMT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is appealing a landmark court ruling that ordered it to slash greenhouse gas emissions, in a case seen as a possible precedent for similar legal action around the world.

  • Ukraine's parliament shows cracks over devolving powers

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:47:08 GMT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament majority showed cracks Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was leaving the coalition over a measure to give more power to Ukraine's regions, including the rebel-held east.