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  • Long odds for insanity defense in theater shooting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:55:00 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The key to understanding the death penalty trial of James Holmes, the man who killed 12 people and wounded 70 more at a packed Batman movie premiere, will be to learn what was going on inside his mind at the time.

  • Sri Lanka's Parliament debates presidential powers

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:32:53 GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament debated constitutional amendments Monday to clip the extensive powers given to the country's president, a promise President Maithripala Sirisena made in the run up to his January election win.

  • Tsarnaev's life on line as defense argues against execution

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:11:04 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv's) are returning to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty.

  • Australia wants claims against Indonesian judges probed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:21 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

  • Today in History

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:00:27 GMT

    Today is Monday, April 27, the 117th day of 2015. There are 248 days left in the year.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 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......

Criminal Law News

  • Long odds for insanity defense in theater shooting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:55:00 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The key to understanding the death penalty trial of James Holmes, the man who killed 12 people and wounded 70 more at a packed Batman movie premiere, will be to learn what was going on inside his mind at the time.

  • Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:39:28 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.

  • Australia wants claims against Indonesian judges probed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:21 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

  • 10 Things to Know for Monday

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:24:58 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

  • Union: Judge won't dismiss officer's manslaughter case

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:29:04 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge declined to dismiss the voluntary manslaughter case against a Cleveland officer in the deaths of two unarmed people after a high-speed chase that ended in a 137-shot barrage, police union officials said Sunday.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • High court: Energy companies must face price fixing claims

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:43:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.

Political News

  • Sri Lanka's Parliament debates presidential powers

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:32:53 GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament debated constitutional amendments Monday to clip the extensive powers given to the country's president, a promise President Maithripala Sirisena made in the run up to his January election win.

  • Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worst

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:23:08 GMT

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.

  • Japan's prime minister kicks off US visit in Boston

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:15:42 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Japan's prime minister begins his second day of a U.S. visit with a stop at the Boston Marathon finish line.

  • Hawaii telescope website taken down in apparent cyberattack

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:24 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — An apparent cyberattack Sunday temporarily disrupted the main website of Thirty Meter Telescope, the organization trying to construct one of the world's largest telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island.

  • Kazakhstan's longtime leader secures crushing election win

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:51:13 GMT

    ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Preliminary results of weekend nationwide polls in Kazakhstan show the long-ruling president confirming his incumbency with 97.7 percent of the vote amid a record turnout, election officials said Monday.