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64 Attackers Convicted After Rape Kit Backlog Tested

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 16:42
While law enforcement officers are more diligent than ever about collecting forensic evidence in rape investigations, they often still lack the financial resources to ensure rape kits are tested in a timely fashion. According to some estimates, hundreds of thousands of untested kits remain in police and crime lab storage......

Court: Sandy Hook Lawsuit Against Remington Can Proceed

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 16:33
In 2016, a Connecticut judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre against Remington, the manufacturer of the weapon used in the killings. But this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court revived part of the lawsuit, ruling that federal protections did not prevent......

Top 7 Legal Tips to Avoid Religious Discrimination Claims

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 16:29
You might be thinking of your small business as a secular oasis -- solely a place for work that is either an escape from or quiet alternative to religious argument or worship. Your employees, on the other hand, may not see it the same way, or so easily separate the......

Spring Break and the Law: Your Vacation Roundup

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 14:11
Whether you're crossing things off your packing list and ready to hit the road, or you're crossing your fingers that your kids will come home safe from partying at the beach, there are probably one or two legal questions running through your mind as you get ready for spring break.......

College Coaches Indicted in Admissions Bribery Scandal

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 18:03
If you thought the college admissions scandal that brought down Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin was confined to Aunt Becky, think again. Federal prosecutors also indicted nine college coaches for their role in an alleged bribery scheme that funneled rich kids into elite schools. That's because part of the scheme......

Paul Manafort Sentenced to Federal Prison, Faces New State Charges

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 17:47
Two federal judges have sentenced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to a combined seven and a half years in prison for assorted financial crimes, conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. And his troubles may not be over yet. Minutes after his second sentence......

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Star in College Admissions Scandal

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:45
Both Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been named in a federal criminal complaint that alleges the actresses bribed their children's ways into their respective colleges. The actresses were not alone, but rather part of a much larger group of other parents alleged to have engaged in the same......

Serial Podcast Subject Adnan Syed Won't Get Retrial

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 16:52
In a shocking turn of events for the subject of the Serial podcast, and now an HBO mini-series, Adnan Syed won't be getting that retrial he won on appeal, at least, unless Maryland's, or the United States', Highest Court steps in. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently reversed the......

DOJ Rounds Up Elder 'Tech Support' Scammers

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 16:28
A recent press release from the Department of Justice announced the largest-ever nationwide sweep of fraudsters targeting the nation's seniors. The sweep targeted over 260 fraudsters and accounted for approximately $750 million. The DOJ's press release explained that this sweep includes 13 percent more criminals, and 28 percent more......

Johnny Depp Sues Ex-Wife Amber Heard for $50M

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:21
If you expected Johnny Depp's $50 million defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard to pull any punches, were are sorry to disappoint you. Read more on FindLaw legal blogs....

Tips for Consumer Protection Week: How to Avoid Online Scams

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 18:04
This week is officially National Consumer Protection Week, according to the Federal Trade Commission. But here at FindLaw's Common Law blog, we do consumer protection every day, year-round. So, we've rounded up some of our best posts on avoiding online scams and staying safe on the internet. Here you go:......

Are the Feds Finally Going to Address Pot Banking Barriers?

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:54
While 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it, the federal government hasn't. And that can throw a big financial wrench into the workings of any cannabiz. Without access to FDIC-insured banking services -- like small business loans, cashless transactions, and even checking accounts -- even legal marijuana......

Cop Drones Have Thermal Imaging Now

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:42
The long arm of the law meets the eye in the sky. The Franklin County Sheriff's office in southern Washington announced it has two new "officers" on the force: drones with thermal imaging cameras. And they couldn't be more fired up about it. "It's really amazing the kind of technology......

Oregon Rent Control Law Looks to Cap Rent Spikes

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 18:14
As the popularity and cultural cache of certain neighborhoods, cities, and states increases, long-time and even life-time residents can get priced out of their homes. Case in point: Portland, Oregon has been a hipster mecca for about a decade, and CBS talked to a local woman whose landlord of seven......

Federal Judge Overturns San Francisco's Money Bail Schedule

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 18:01
The concept of money bail is almost as old as the penitentiary itself. And on its face, it seems logical: people charged with a crime can secure their release, and the justice system has a financial interest in motivating defendants to appear for trial. But in practice, it means that......

Which Twin Did It? New DNA Test May Have the Answer

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:57
It's a classic legal defense, at least for soap operas: My evil twin did it. And, until recently, it was pretty effective. Read more on FindLaw legal blogs....

Silicon Plateau? Wyoming Makes Bid for Blockchain Innovation

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:39
The Great Seal of Wyoming features a rancher near a banner with the words "Livestock" and "Grain" on it, and a miner next to a banner that reads "Mines" and "Oil." They may also want to add "Bitcoin" to their mining operations. The Equality State just enacted 13 laws aimed......

March Madness in the Office: How to Make Sure Your Small Biz Is Ready

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 12:24
According to estimates from last year, March Madness costs employers anywhere from $2.3 to $6.3 billion in lost productivity and profits. Between long lunches, streaming games at the desk, and organizing. updating, and conversing about the office pool, hours and dollars seem to disappear this month. Does that mean you......