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  • Self-defense fails in Montana man's murder trial

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:38 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

  • Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:04 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms to address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex.

  • Dutch secret service taps terror suspects' lawyers

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:36:22 GMT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch interior ministry has acknowledged the country's secret service sometimes taps the communications of lawyers who represent terrorism suspects.

  • Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:32:03 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them.

  • Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:27:15 GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group has criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the country's chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence.

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  • Eager Judge Declares Obama's Immigration Plan Unconstitutional

    2014-12-17T16:19:01Z

    This guy. How badly did he want to make headlines? Late last month, President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive orders to push through certain immigration reforms. Republicans screeched. Congress bemoaned the trampling of their authority. States' attorneys general filed a lawsuit. Even a few members of the......

  • DIY Law Firm Website? Here's Your Shopping List

    2014-12-17T18:18:01Z

    It you build it, they will come. Maybe. If you build it right. And there's a lot that goes into building a law firm website "right": SEO, graphics, mobile-friendly layout, content, conversion optimization, and a whole lot more. But don't jump off that building yet. Just like those with DIY......

  • From Zillow's Orange County Office: Another 5 Employee Lawsuits

    2014-12-17T17:53:01Z

    Zillow might be better off burning down this office. First opened in 2012 as an office for selling ads to real estate agents, Zillow's Irvine, California, office has become a hotbed for employee lawsuits. There was the sexual harassment lawsuit that we blogged about earlier this month. And this week,......

  • Clearing Up 5 Things About the Apple iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

    2014-12-17T17:44:01Z

    Yesterday, a federal jury found that Apple's iTunes 7 updates, made between 2006 and 2009, weren't anticompetitive . The verdict caps 10 years of litigation alleging Apple locked other music providers out of its iPods. There's been quite a bit of misreporting what's actually going on in this case, so......

  • ABA Report: Law School Enrollment Declines, as Expected

    2014-12-17T17:16:01Z

    Did anyone not see this coming? We've seen sign after sign after sign of decreased demand for law school seats: fewer LSAT takers, fewer applications, dismal post-graduation job prospects, and more. We've seen some schools cut class sizes, one cut a campus, and a few that obstinately refuse to correct......

  • No Sexual Reassignment Surgery for Inmate: En Banc 1st Cir.

    2014-12-16T22:48:01Z

    Michelle Kosilek, born as Robert, is a transgender individual who identifies as female and who wishes for her physical sex to match her gender. The problem is, she murdered her wife in 1990. The Massachusetts Department of Correction does not wish to pay for sexual reassignment surgery. Kosilek argues that......

Criminal Law News

  • Self-defense fails in Montana man's murder trial

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:38 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

  • Feds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cash

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:41:12 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal authorities in Pittsburgh have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda.

  • 3 plead not guilty to sodomizing teen in Kentucky

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:11 GMT

    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Three adults charged with sodomizing a 15-year-old boy who suffered critical injuries in the attack have entered not guilty pleas.

  • UK police probe murder claims in child abuse case

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:34:58 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — British police said Thursday they are investigating three allegations of murder as part of an inquiry into claims that politically powerful people sexually abused children several decades ago.

  • Lawyer defends acts of Nigeria soldiers sentenced to death

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:06:05 GMT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A human rights lawyer says 54 soldiers have been sentenced to death because they embarrassed Nigeria's military by demanding weapons to fight Islamic extremists, and says they were justified in not going on what would have been a suicidal mission.

Supreme Court News

  • 1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:52 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

  • Scalia, Kagan: Common ground often trumps ideology

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:43:21 GMT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — One is a sharp-tongued, self-described "wise guy" originalist, who believes the Constitution means today what it meant when it was first written.

  • Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:12:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • Scalia: Hard to rule out 'extreme measures'

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:07:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

    Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:05:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

Political News

  • Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:56:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.

  • Dutch Cabinet crisis deepens

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:56:31 GMT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' prime minister has canceled plans to attend a European summit in Brussels in order to focus his full attention on a domestic political spat that is threatening to cause the collapse of his 2-year-old governing coalition.

  • Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:51:40 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.

  • Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:47:03 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons.

  • Dutch secret service taps terror suspects' lawyers

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:36:22 GMT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch interior ministry has acknowledged the country's secret service sometimes taps the communications of lawyers who represent terrorism suspects.

Trending Legal News

  • Is garnishment an option for collecting debt?

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:28:06 GMT

    Collecting debt can be a complicated and frustrating process. People who owe money to any number of creditors can try to put off or ignore their duty to repay debt, but that can make matters so much more complicated for...

  • The financial impact of fatal accidents on North Carolina

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:10:14 GMT

    Fatal motor vehicle accidents are one of the top ten causes of death every year in the United States. Drivers and passengers from all age groups, including children, women, men and senior citizens, are vulnerable while using our roads...

  • Medical mistake leads to death of hospital patient

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:10:11 GMT

    When a patient loses his or her life due to a hospital error in Maryland, the patient's family members have the right to seek justice on behalf of their loved one. One family recently faced this scenario after a hospital...

  • Laws that help protect employees form disability discrimination

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:09:38 GMT

    Discrimination in the workplace is a serious event. In fact, numerous laws have been passed to help protect employees from discrimination in the workplace based on their disabilities. When employees in Minnesota believe that they are being mistreated due...

  • Man faces murder charges for alleged 1986 killing

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:09:19 GMT

    People in Utah may have heard about a 48-year-old man who was arrested and will soon face trial for what police believe was the death by strangulation of a Salt Lake City woman back in 1986. The woman's body...