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  • Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:12:13 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.

  • San Francisco: No 'legal basis' to hold shooting suspect

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:32:12 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.

  • Hundreds of Arizona inmates to be moved following riot

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:27:40 GMT

    KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — About 700 inmates at an Arizona prison were being moved to new locations Friday after disturbances on consecutive days left their housing units uninhabitable.

  • Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:00:16 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered, the city's Office of Legal and Legislative Studies said Friday.

  • Menendez prosecutors seek hearing on evidence

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:10:12 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors in the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez asked a judge to hold a hearing to determine whether some evidence should be withheld or restricted due to possible national security concerns.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Booming Practice Areas for Law Firms Looking to Grow

    2015-07-02T17:59:05Z

    As the legal market begins to pick up, not all practice areas are growing equally. The growth in a few areas is far outpacing the rest. How can you tell which practice areas are booming these days? Look at who's hiring. What's booming according to legal staffing companies? Several......

  • Is Your Law Firm Blog Mobile-Friendly? If Not, It Should Be

    2015-07-02T16:57:25Z

    If your firm doesn't have a blog, it's well in the minority. More than 80 percent of AmLaw 200 firms publish blogs. Some of them publish multiple ones. Fox Rothschild, for example, takes the Danielle Steele approach to publishing, putting out blog after blog after blog. The total now?......

  • Should Lawyers Use Airbnb for Business Travel?

    2015-07-02T15:59:03Z

    Last year, Airbnb, the tech company that allows users to rent out their spare rooms or empty apartments to travelers, launched its first business travel venture. The tech company claims that using Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel will help business travelers feel more at home when they're abroad,......

  • SCOTUS Accepts Challenge to Public Employee Union Dues

    2015-07-01T21:59:32Z

    Right before it left for summer break, the Supreme Court granted cert to a case that will leave many teachers worried about their future. On the last day of its 2015 term, the Court agreed to review a constitutional challenge to state rules requiring some government workers to pay......

  • Advising a Corporate Client? Think Ethically, Not Just Legally

    2015-07-01T19:44:58Z

    When advising a corporate client, lawyers may be tempted to limit their inquiry into the legality of a particular business practice or matter. Instead, they should also consider the ethical implications of their advice. There are codified ethics guidelines, laws and regulations, all of which attempt to establish minimal......

  • Disparate Impact Can Show Housing Discrimination, Court Rules

    2015-07-01T18:30:18Z

    With all the attention given to the Supreme Court's recent rulings on Obamacare, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty, it was easy to overlook several other important decisions. For example, last Thursday, the Supreme Court recognized that housing policies which have a disproportionate impact of certain groups can violate......

Criminal Law News

  • Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:51:53 GMT

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.

  • Murder complaints filed over capsized Philippine ferry

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:07:48 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized shortly after pulling out of port, leaving more than 50 people dead.

  • San Francisco: No 'legal basis' to hold shooting suspect

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:32:12 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.

  • Prosecutors: Man in wheelchair arrested for robbing NYC bank

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:20:11 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $1,212 in a daytime bank robbery, authorities announced Friday.

  • Former sheriff who helped shape modern Las Vegas dies at 88

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:26:42 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a prominent figure credited with shaping Las Vegas' modern history, has died.

Supreme Court News

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • 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.

Political News

  • New tune for piano-playing senator: Revised education policy

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:45:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Piano-playing Lamar Alexander hopes the Senate's latest tune is a new national education law.

  • Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:35:06 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week's dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital.

  • APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:27:05 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.

  • Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:12:13 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.

  • Senator McCain: US must reassess Afghan troop withdrawal

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:56:56 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Senator John McCain says the ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces.