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  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:10:25 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.

  • AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:47:04 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior.

  • Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:44:27 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A traveler who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping.

  • Revel sale put on hold while nightclub appeals terms

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:56:22 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino is on hold while the company that ran its popular nightclub and beach bar appeals.

  • Authorities review video of fatal parking lot run-in

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:46:03 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • What Do Federal Child Abuse Laws Say? 3 Things You Should Know

    2015-01-30T18:19:01Z

    In addition to state laws prohibiting child abuse, the federal government has its own laws meant to protect children from neglect and other forms of abuse. These laws include minimum child welfare standards to which the states are required to conform. However, a recent three-year study by the Children's......

  • What Is Resisting Arrest? Are There Any Defenses?

    2015-01-29T22:35:01Z

    What is resisting arrest, and what defenses can potentially be used to defeat the charge? A San Francisco public defender was arrested Wednesday after she refused to let police photograph her client in a court hallway. Notably, a police officer told her before she was placed in handcuffs that she......

  • FindLaw.com Opens New Doors With Legal Forms in Spanish

    2015-01-29T19:46:01Z

    FindLaw.com is expanding its already robust selection of easy-to-use legal forms by offering over a dozen of our most popular forms in Spanish. We recognize that the Spanish-speaking population is continuing to grow in America, and those families and individuals more comfortable with Spanish need better access to the U.S.......

  • What Is Rent Control?

    2015-01-29T19:12:01Z

    In order to prevent the cost of rental housing from skyrocketing, local governments may institute rent control regulations. Without rent control, rental prices in some cities can be, as former New York City mayoral candidate Jimmy McMillan eloquently put it, "too damn high." Though as it turns out, McMillan's......

  • James Brown Will Dispute: Was He Legally Married When He Died?

    2015-01-29T18:52:01Z

    James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died in 2006, but a legal battle over his estate has been going on ever since. Brown's will left his entire estate to a charitable trust, leaving nothing to the woman he married in 2001, Tommie Rae Hynie.But legally speaking, was Hynie even Brown's......

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Ga. man

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:27 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill's lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • High court won't halt Georgia execution

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:48:33 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:44:47 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state's attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court.

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:49:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and embarrassed the court by managing to get a camera past court security.

Criminal Law News

  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:10:25 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.

  • AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:47:04 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior.

  • 3 men shot in Afghanistan worked for North Carolina firm

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:46:42 GMT

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based firm says it employed the three military contractors who were shot to death earlier this week in Afghanistan.

  • Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:44:27 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A traveler who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping.

  • Authorities review video of fatal parking lot run-in

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:46:03 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date.

Political News

  • Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:55:24 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.

  • Obama condemns slaying of Japanese journalist by IS

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:51:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling the apparent beheading of a Japanese journalist by an Islamic State militant a "heinous murder" and declaring that the United States stands in solidarity with the Japanese people in denouncing a "barbaric act."

  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:10:25 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.

  • Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:07:31 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations to save the man and heightening fears for the life a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage.

  • New York Assembly facing historic change in leadership

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:59:40 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options.

Trending Legal News

  • What happens if I am found to be liable for my own injuries?

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:44:32 GMT

    One of the primary purposes of personal injury litigation is to give plaintiffs an opportunity to obtain compensation for injuries they suffer as a result of the negligence of another party. Building a strong personal injury case, therefore, depends on...

  • Fiery Louisiana car accident kills one, severely injures another

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:20:21 GMT

    According to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office, a car accident occurred around 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 23 on the Belle Chasse Bridge. The incident took place when a pick-up truck lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the metal...

  • Filing for divorce in Texas

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:10:16 GMT

    When both spouses in Texas mutually agree that divorce is right for them, it is referred to as an uncontested divorce. This type of marriage dissolution offers the couple certain advantages, but it may not suit everyone. A divorce may...

  • Rear-end collisions and whiplash

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:50:30 GMT

    Minor car crashes are common for Maryland residents. Most minor accidents result in very little damage to either the car or the occupants. However, injuries can occur in even minor accidents. Suddenly being thrown forward and backwards during a rear-end...

  • Tax facts for single Michigan parents

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:20:07 GMT

    Many single or divorced parents may not realize what options they have to increase their tax returns or decrease their tax burden. For many single parents, filing under the head of household status can increase their deductions and decrease their...