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  • Justice Dept. opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:58:32 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

  • Ruling forces California water districts to review rates

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:57:54 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeals court decision striking down punitive water pricing that was intended to encourage conservation had water agencies reviewing rates Tuesday and some residents exploring whether to bring similar challenges.

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court over profiling case in Arizona

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:46:30 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A hearing began Tuesday to decide whether an Arizona sheriff should be held in contempt of court for violating a judge's orders in a racial profiling lawsuit that stemmed from his aggressive immigration patrols in Hispanic neighborhoods in metro Phoenix.

  • Blue Bell says it's still trying to pinpoint listeria cause

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:45:06 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.

  • John Hinckley returning to DC court for hearings on freedom

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:27:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 will be back in a Washington courtroom for hearings on whether he should spend more time outside a mental hospital that has been his home for decades.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Last-Minute Gifts for Administrative Professional's Day

    2015-04-21T18:02:09Z

    Uh oh. You forgot that tomorrow was Administrative Professional's Day (again)? You've probably missed out on the chance to get your admin something meaningful, like that Napa Valley wine gift basket, or that spa day. Don't worry, though: There's still time to get a good gift that doesn't say, "I......

  • First Week at the Firm: 3 People You Have to Make Friends With

    2015-04-21T17:54:13Z

    Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. As you get settled into your new office, you should know......

  • Rajat Gupta's Cert. Petition on Insider Trading Conviction Denied

    2015-04-21T16:01:42Z

    Buried among the dozens of denials of petitions for writs of certiorari was this one: docket number 14-534, Rajat K. Gupta v. United States. It appears to be the end of the road for Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs director convicted for insider trading in hedge funds.......

  • Internet-Connected Aircraft Potentially Subject to Hack Attacks

    2015-04-21T12:57:00Z

    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. We keep hearing about new and different ways that data can be hacked in the online and wireless world. And, generally speaking, our concern tends to be that our personally identifiable information may......

  • Districts Must Adhere to State Formula for Charter Schools

    2015-04-20T22:02:21Z

    Charter schools are a burgeoning business. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public charter schools comprised 5.8% of all public schools in 2011-12, and 2.1 million students were enrolled in them. In 2000, California voters passed Proposition 39, which requires public schools to share some proportion of their......

  • FBI Can't Cut DSL Line, Pose as Repairmen to Conduct Search

    2015-04-20T21:52:20Z

    Last year, we brought you the bizarre story of an FBI sting into illegal gambling at some of the private villas at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. But how did the FBI get the probable cause necessary to support search warrants leading to their arrest? Illegally, according to lawyer and......

Criminal Law News

  • Justice Dept. opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:58:32 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

  • Feds charge ex-bank president, others with money laundering

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:57:11 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former bank president and two of his customers allegedly conspired to launder drug money in Kansas for Mexican cartels, while two former employees of the small southwest Kansas bank failed to report the suspicious financial transactions, according to charges unsealed Tuesday.

  • HIV outbreak in Indiana affecting residents' quality of life

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:54:36 GMT

    AUSTIN, Ind. (AP) — Main Street in this southern Indiana city is lined with blooming dogwood and redbud trees and punctuated by a short stretch of well-kept storefronts. It's a tidy appearance that masks a darker side of the community — the worst HIV outbreak in state history, which health officials warn hasn't yet peaked.

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court over profiling case in Arizona

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:46:30 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A hearing began Tuesday to decide whether an Arizona sheriff should be held in contempt of court for violating a judge's orders in a racial profiling lawsuit that stemmed from his aggressive immigration patrols in Hispanic neighborhoods in metro Phoenix.

  • Attorneys: County wanted to settle with man beaten on video

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:45:31 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys representing a man who was filmed being beaten by deputies after a horse chase say San Bernardino County officials initiated the settlement negotiations that resulted in a $650,000 payout to avoid future civil litigation.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • Facts, law in Memphis case similar to Cleveland cop shooting

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:11:01 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The circumstances of a police shooting trial unfolding in a Cleveland courtroom share similarities to a high-speed chase and fatal shooting in Tennessee as well as the matters of law on which the Cleveland case will be decided: When does a threat to officers' lives end?

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Female justices honor O'Connor

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:29:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All three female justices on the Supreme Court came together Wednesday to pay tribute to the life and continuing legacy of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court.

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

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:19:45 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.

Political News

  • Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:58:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.

  • Ruling forces California water districts to review rates

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:57:54 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeals court decision striking down punitive water pricing that was intended to encourage conservation had water agencies reviewing rates Tuesday and some residents exploring whether to bring similar challenges.

  • HIV outbreak in Indiana affecting residents' quality of life

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:54:36 GMT

    AUSTIN, Ind. (AP) — Main Street in this southern Indiana city is lined with blooming dogwood and redbud trees and punctuated by a short stretch of well-kept storefronts. It's a tidy appearance that masks a darker side of the community — the worst HIV outbreak in state history, which health officials warn hasn't yet peaked.

  • Bucks president says arena deal needed in next 10 days

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:48:50 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks president Peter Feigin is pressuring legislative leaders to finalize a deal on a new arena, telling business leaders in Milwaukee on Tuesday that a financing deal needs to be done within 10 days so the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee can consider it.

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court over profiling case in Arizona

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:46:30 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A hearing began Tuesday to decide whether an Arizona sheriff should be held in contempt of court for violating a judge's orders in a racial profiling lawsuit that stemmed from his aggressive immigration patrols in Hispanic neighborhoods in metro Phoenix.