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Law in the News: Supreme Court’s Robust New Session Could Define Legacy of Chief Justice

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday returns to work to face a rich and varied docket, including cases on First Amendment rights in the digital age, religious freedom behind bars and the status of Jerusalem. Those cases are colorful and consequential, but there are much bigger ones on the horizon. In the coming weeks,… Continue reading

Law in the News: Courts Nix More Software Patents

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Since the country’s top court struck down patents on a computer program that reduces risk in financial transactions, federal trial courts have rejected software patents in nine cases, according to Lex Machina, which supplies patent data to lawyers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which sets much of the nation’s patent law,… Continue reading

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: 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: 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