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  • Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:45:57 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective is suing to get his job back after being fired for posing in a photograph with another officer holding rifles over an unidentified black man lying on a floor and wearing deer antlers.

  • Civilians get new authority in Cleveland police settlement

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:41:19 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on reforming the city's troubled police department calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating police misconduct and establishing policies and procedures.

  • Floods in vulnerable Houston no surprise, despite controls

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:40:43 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — The flooding, property damage and loss of life as torrential rains this week hit the Houston area should be no surprise.

  • Army chief: Human error likely not cause of anthrax mistake

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:37:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to numerous U.S. government and commercial laboratories in the U.S. and in South Korea, the Army's top general said Thursday.

  • Detroit suburb reaches $1.4M settlement in police beating

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:27:22 GMT

    INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for a man who was severely beaten by a police officer says a Detroit suburb has agreed to settle a lawsuit for nearly $1.4 million.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 10th Cir. Upholds Bank Robbery Conviction

    2015-05-27T20:57:46Z

    People still rob banks? You bet they do -- and they get caught. Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma were confronted with a spate of bank robberies they linked to the Hoover Crips, a franchise of the Crips street gang. They also had reason to believe the appellant in this case, Dejuan......

  • Sanctioned Firm Seeks to Stop Court From Questioning Clients

    2015-05-27T18:57:40Z

    A large class action law firm has filed a writ of mandamus with the Third Circuit, seeking to prevent a court appointed special master from interviewing its plaintiffs. The firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, gained prominence due to its role in the $260 billion tobacco settlement in the late......

  • What to Do When Opposing Counsel Won't Play Nice

    2015-05-27T21:54:43Z

    We've written before about how lawyers do (or at least, should) extend each other professional courtesies. These small actions, like not objecting to reasonable discovery requests or scheduling depositions at convenient times and places, amount to treating opposing counsel with respect. Some lawyers, though, think that any amount of cordiality......

  • 6th Cir. Creates Split in Private Searches on Computers

    2015-05-27T18:53:39Z

    What are the limits of the "private search doctrine" when it comes to a computer? The Sixth Circuit answered that question last week in a case that is sure to make it to the Supreme Court. Aaron Lichtenberger was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. His girlfriend,......

  • Time Warner Finds New Suitor, Regulatory Concerns Remain

    2015-05-27T18:54:00Z

    Shortly after its planned merger with Comcast fell through, Time Warner Cable may soon be purchased by Charter Communications for $55 billion dollars. After a messy break up, that's quite the rebound for the cable and broadband company. The merger between the two companies is spurred largely by Charter's......

  • Cass Sunstein on 'Star Wars' and Constitutional Law

    2015-05-27T17:54:55Z

    Chief Justice John Roberts once famously criticized the irrelevancy of modern-day law review articles (even though he cites to them often in his opinions). Who cares about "the influence of Immanuel Kant on evidentiary approaches in 18th-century Bulgaria, or something"? There's one thing we can all agree on, though, and......

Criminal Law News

  • Civilians get new authority in Cleveland police settlement

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:41:19 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on reforming the city's troubled police department calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating police misconduct and establishing policies and procedures.

  • Feds indict 15 Chinese in alleged college test-taking scheme

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:39:02 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fifteen Chinese citizens conspired to take college entrance exams on behalf of others or paid to have that done for them so they could obtain student visas, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh said Thursday.

  • Man accused of attack on 5-year-old girl at day care

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:23:56 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man high on synthetic marijuana smashed his way into a Pennsylvania day care facility and held a 5-year-old girl by the neck before a passer-by and police were able to rescue her, police said Thursday.

  • Alpha ordered to pay ex-Massey CEO's legal fees

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:22:28 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Alpha Natural Resources to pay former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's legal fees stemming from a criminal investigation and upcoming trial.

  • Theater shooting prosecutors build case that Holmes was sane

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:11:53 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors are methodically building a case that James Holmes knew right from wrong when he planned and carried out the deadly Colorado theater shooting, hoping to convince jurors that he should be convicted and executed and not sent to a mental hospital.

Supreme Court News

  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare

    Tue, 26 May 2015 07:13:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • 'Ugly' potential fallout from Supreme Court health care case

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:01:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

  • High court: Police immune over arrest of mentally ill woman

    Mon, 18 May 2015 17:14:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police are immune from a lawsuit arising from the arrest and shooting of a mentally ill woman in San Francisco.

  • Justices make it easier to sue over 401(k) retirement plans

    Mon, 18 May 2015 15:28:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

  • Supreme Court says convicted felons can sell their guns

    Mon, 18 May 2015 14:56:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities.

Political News

  • At 72, Brazilian stars celebrate half-century of friendship

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:51:33 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A university student by the name of Caetano Veloso struck up a conversation one day with a fellow student, a budding musician with a local TV gig. It was a chance encounter that helped change the face of Brazilian music and launched a friendship that has continued for more than half a century.

  • Obama says TX storms a reminder to prepare for disasters

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:50:57 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says the deadly flooding in Texas is a reminder that it is never too early to prepare for natural disasters.

  • Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:45:57 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective is suing to get his job back after being fired for posing in a photograph with another officer holding rifles over an unidentified black man lying on a floor and wearing deer antlers.

  • Major construction at NKorea rocket site, US institute says

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:43:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site in a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

  • UK defense chief dismisses nuclear fleet safety worries

    Thu, 28 May 2015 16:41:56 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary has dismissed a whistleblower's warnings about the safety of the country's nuclear fleet.