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Law in the News: Legal or not, the pot business is still wacky

Published on: Author: Teresa L

NEW YORK (AP) — Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses — and enticing opportunities for those… Continue reading

Law in the News: California to appeal federal court ruling striking down state’s death penalty

Published on: Author: Teresa L

SAN FRANCISCO – California’s attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. The announcement by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in Los Angeles ruled last month that the state’s death penalty takes too long to carry out, and that… Continue reading

Law in the News: Questions, answers about use of force by police

Published on: Author: Teresa L

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat. Here is a look at some of the issues involved when officers must decide whether to use… Continue reading

Law in the News: California Supreme Court nomination a ‘statement’ to U.S.

Published on: Author: Teresa L

As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court. If confirmed, he will be the court’s first Latino justice since 2011 and its… Continue reading

Law in the News: U.S. senators push for tough line in Iran nuclear talks

Published on: Author: Teresa L

(Reuters) – Two influential U.S. senators have asked fellow lawmakers to support demands that Iran accept tough conditions in nuclear talks, including at least two decades of inspections, before Congress would agree to ease sanctions. The appeal was made as Iran and six major powers, including the United States, approach a deadline in talks in… Continue reading

Law in the News: Supreme Court voids abortion clinic protest-free zone

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unanimously struck down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts Thursday, declaring it an unconstitutional restraint on the free-speech rights of protesters. Authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with potential confrontations or other problems that can arise outside clinics, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. Roberts noted… Continue reading

Law in the News: Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON — In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be… Continue reading

Law in the News: Obama to Congress: I don’t need new permission on Iraq

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Washington (CNN) — I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq. The White House meeting sounded more like a listening session for the top Republicans and Democrats in the House… Continue reading