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Texas Actress Admits to Mailing Ricin to Obama
A former actress from Texas pleaded guilty to a biological weapons charge for sending letters laced with ricin to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The thespian's ricin plot entailed revenge against her husband and threats against politicians, but her punishment will be limited significantly
Learn About the Law in Your Neck of the Woods at FindLaw.com
For years, FindLaw's Learn About the Law (LATL) section has helped legal consumers make smart decisions about how to handle speeding tickets, divorce, tax issues, even criminal charges. We provide up-to-date information about federal and state laws, as well as practical advice for any number of legal matters. You'll also
Why Did Campus Cop Shoot, Kill Honors Student?
A Texas college police officer shot and killed an unarmed honors student following a traffic stop early Friday that went terribly awry. Friends and family claim the student was a sweet and gentle person, but the officer claims that "a struggle ensued." Did the officer have the right to fatally
Boies Schiller Tops Bonus Scale Again as Most Firms Match Market
Boies, Schiller & Flexner has awarded 2013 associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have now fallen in line with the range set, as usual, by Cravath.
Could Budget Deal Spell Recovery for Judiciary?
This week's bipartisan budget agreement signals that lawmakers could restore some of the $350 million in sequestration cuts to the federal judiciary, but the word from the budget staff at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is that it's too early to tell.
Fall in Female Associate Numbers Called a 'Red Flag'
Though the percentage of women and minority law firm partners continued to inch up during 2013, and the percentage of minority associates also rose, the percentage of women associates fell for the fourth straight year, according to the latest figures from NALP.
NY court: Reporter shielded in Colo. shooting case
A Fox News reporter is protected by New York law from being forced to reveal her sources for a story about the suspect in the mass shooting that left 12 people dead in a suburban Denver movie theater last year, the state's top court ruled Tuesday.
The state's shield law supports refusing to recognize a Colorado court's petition for a subpoena, the New York Court of Appeals ruled, 4 to 3.
Court: Exec guilty over faulty French implants
A disgraced French businessman was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for filling tens of thousands of breast implants with industrial grade silicone. But he left the courthouse freely after lodging an appeal, and thousands of women will have to wait longer to discover if they will receive damages.
The ruling in the criminal case by a court in Marseille, which all the trappings of a class-action lawsuit, ordered up to 40 million euros ($55 million) in damages pa
Court looks at EPA rule on cross-state pollution
The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S.
Several justices suggested during a 90-minute argument that they believe the Environmental Protection Agency did not exceed its authority when it issued its cross-state air pollution rule in 2011. A divided federal appeals court panel invalidated the rule last year.
The EPA sought to redu
Kansas v. Cheever: Compelled Mental Exams OK'd For Rebuttal
This was an intriguing case that received a surprisingly cursory and unanimous resolution. Cheever was chronic methamphetamine user. One day, back in 2005, he cooked and smoked meth. Coincidentally, the police showed up to handle an unrelated warrant. He shot
Union Case Dropped; Younger Clarified; Congress Comes to Court
Ready for a three-peat of SCOTUS updates? Remember that big union case out of Florida, the case that could have changed top-down unionization and greatly weakened organized labor's ability to unionize workplaces through deals with management? Never mind. And in
Software Patents Coming to the Supreme Court
You can patent a snow plow or a new combustion engine. You cannot, however, patent an abstract idea, such as using an intermediary for escrow purposes in a financial transaction. But wait, what if you write a computer program that
Seattle Area Company and Its Owner Sentenced for Exporting ITAR-Controlled Technical Data to Taiwan Related to U.S. Navy Contracts
The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that a Seattle area printed circuit board (PCB) company and its owner were sentenced for violating the Arms Export Control Act and for wire fraud for exporting ITAR-controlled technical data to Taiwan without the required State Department
DDTC Releases New Version of DS-2032 Registration Form that Must Now be Used by Exporters, Manufacturers and Brokers of Defense Articles
The State Department?s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has issued a new version of the Statement of Registration form (DS-2032).
Effective immediately, companies registered with DDTC as manufacturers, exporters and brokers of defense articles must use version 4.0 of the DS-2032 form
BIS Modifies License Type Codes in AES to Prevent Encryption Hardware, Technology and Software from Being Shipped NLR
On October 15, 2013, the Department of Commerce?s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added a new edit in the Census Bureau's Automated Export System (AES) to prevent exporters and freight forwarders (AES Filers) from inadvertently reporting electronic export information (EEI) on items of
4 of the Most Common Passwords Are Also the Weakest
The recent discovery of a database of stolen login credentials reveals four of the most common passwords used by consumers. And they're very easy to guess. A botnet called "Pony" -- a form of keylogging malware that tracks users' keystrokes
Top 5 Layaway Tips for the Holidays
With the holiday shopping season in full effect, many Americans will need some layaway tips. Layaway plans are often considered by many shoppers who are in a financial crunch -- and why not? There's no interest, since there's no money
Make the Most Out of 'Giving Tuesday': 5 Legal Tips
Following on the heels of "Movember," #GivingTuesday is all about celebrating the spirit of generosity. #GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following
Woman Glued to Toilet Seat Sore Over 'Prank'
A north Georgia woman found herself in a painfully and literally sticky situation when it dawned on her that she was super-glued to a toilet seat in a Home Depot restroom. She was the victim of an alleged prank
'Festivus' Pole in Fla. Capitol Highlights Church v. State Debate
One Floridian wants there to be a "Festivus for the rest of us." He's planning to install a nearly 6-foot tall Festivus pole in the Florida Capitol's rotunda. The aluminum pole -- which was constructed from empty Pabst Blue Ribbon
Are Pro Cuddlers Really Prostitutes?
Would you pay $60 for a professional cuddle? How about for a professional "cuddle"? [Wink!] Either way, your dreams may soon be dashed. Officials in Madison, Wis., are now looking to regulate the burgeoning professional cuddling industry out of
Mike Tyson Barred From U.K. for Rape Conviction
Mike Tyson's criminal past is catching up to him, as the former heavyweight champion was barred from entering Britain due to his prior rape conviction. The 47-year-old former athlete was scheduled to arrive in the U.K. over the weekend to
Four Paul Walker Crash Scene Thieves Charged With Felonies
Two men who allegedly pilfered items from Paul Walker's crash scene have been charged with felony grand theft in addition to two misdemeanors. But what exactly did the two thieves steal to warrant a grand theft charge?
Gay Ex-Waitress Under Fire For Alleged Tip Hoax
A gay waitress in New Jersey recently made national headlines for being denied a tip because of her sexual orientation. But now, it seems she actually may have perpetrated a tip hoax that spun out of control. Dayna Morales'
Asiana Flight 214 Crash Hearing Begins
The National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing Wednesday as part of its probe into the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash-landing at San Francisco International Airport in July, leaving three people dead and about 200 injured. What exactly did
Abused Behind Bars? What Can You Do?
For the millions of Americans behind bars, getting justice for abuses suffered while incarcerated may seem like a fantasy. However, as the recent charges filed against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department indicate, justice for prisoner abuse and mistreatment is
Holiday Decoration Injuries: 15K ER Visits in 2012
A new report on holiday decoration injuries finds that "decking the halls" leads to a seasonal spike in hospital emergency-room visits. And the number of injuries continues to rise. More than 15,000 festive folks sustained holiday decoration-related injuries requiring ER
Polygamy trend in Kazakhstan
Excerpts: A state asset-sale program in the 1990s enriched a group of insiders at everyone else?s expense. That gap is fueling a revival of polygamy, which has become a status symbol for affluent men and a ticket out of poverty
Japan issues manual for applying, enforcing Hague Convention on child abduction
Japanese Supreme Court manual lays out procedures for child retrievals
US Bill Seeks Bilateral Child Abduction Agreements With Non-Hague Nations
Agence France-Press and the Japan Times report that on Thursday the House Committee on Foreign Affairs unanimously approved H.R. 3212, the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013. It was amended but the amendment