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Jon Stanhope named as new ACT Legal Aid Commission president

Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has been appointed as president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission.

U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy These moves represent the biggest shift in U.S. policy toward the island in decades.


U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in Washington By Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...


Lawyer says criminal investigation needed after woman assaulted by officer in Orillia

The Barrie lawyer representing a woman who a judge found was karate-kicked and beaten by an OPP officer is crying out to the province’s police watchdog to launch a criminal investigation.

Lawyer: Christie Won't Be Sued in Bridge Scandal

Attorney: Christie won't be named as defendant in lawsuit over New Jersey bridge lane closings

54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: lawyer

A Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said. In a similar case in September, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after firing on their commanding officer in the northeast city of Maiduguri, where troops are battling against Boko Haram ...

Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student

File photo of Markus Kaarma during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula Montana By Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law. Prosecutors painted Markus Kaarma as an armed aggressor who lured a non-violent would-be burglar to his death. Authorities say Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg, was killed in April while "garage hopping" at night in Missoula in a possible search for alcohol. ...


From joy to outrage, Florida's Cuban-Americans greet new U.S. policy

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado speaks with journalists in Little Havana in Miami By Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles responded with outrage. Others with ecstasy. News on Wednesday that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century divided America's 1.5-million-strong Cuban exile community and threatened to shake up the political landscape in the vital battleground state of Florida. ...


Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders

Obama to free eight non-violent drug offenders President Barack Obama will shorten the sentences of eight prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug crimes and pardon 12 ex-convicts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.


Attorney: Dismiss medical pot case against mom

MADISON, Minn. (AP) - An attorney for a Minnesota woman charged with endangering her son by giving him cannabis oil for chronic pain asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss the charges. Angela Brown of Madison appeared in court with her 15-year-old son, who has a traumatic brain injury. ...

Law School Enrollment Continues to Slide

The number of students who began law school this fall fell 4.4% from last year, American Bar Association reported Tuesday night.

Spy at center of Obama-Castro deal

Cuban spy at the center of the Obama-Castro deal Gerardo Hernandez calls himself a terrorist fighter, but denies he conspired to commit murder.


NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.


Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin

Pakistani students pray during a ceremony for the victims of Tuesday's school attack, at a school in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pakistan mourned as the nation prepares for mass funerals Wednesday for over 140 people, most of them children, killed in the Taliban massacre in a military-run school in the country’s northwest in the deadliest and most horrific attacks in years, officials said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.


Australian Broadcasters in Legal Battle Over Poaching of Programming Executive

John Stephens, one of the country’s most experienced programmers, was to join Lachlan Murdoch’s Network Ten in June, but now says he wants to stay at top-rated Seven Network. read more        

Pennsylvania attorney general watching Scaife trust fund case

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has entered an appearance in the Scaife trust fund litigation, which was the subject of an initial conference today before Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Durkin.

Law school enrollment at 32 year low

The mounting cost of legal education may be a key factor that's driving down the rate of law school enrollment, reports the New York Times.

Law school enrollment lowest since 1982

The mounting cost of legal education may be a key factor that's driving down the rate of law school enrollment, reports the New York Times.

Mozambique Publishes Law Enabling Eni, Anadarko Gas Investments

Mozambique published a law enabling groups led by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) and Eni SpA to proceed with multi-billion dollar gas projects, setting financial and legal terms and allowing much of the revenue to be kept offshore.

First-Year Law School Enrollment in U.S. Drops 28% Since 2010

First-year law school enrollment in the U.S. fell 4.4 percent from a year ago to the lowest level in 40 years, according to the American Bar Association.

After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba

President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of Cuba President Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.


Legal battles after fighting ends

How legal worries are impacting decisions on the battlefield

Tanzania’s Attorney-General Resigns Over Energy Graft Scandal

Tanzanian Attorney-General Frederick Werema resigned following an irregular-payments scandal that led donors to suspend aid and renewed calls for the East African nation to step up its fight against corruption.

Former lawyer Bill Parsons pleads guilty in Myles-Leger case

A former lawyer for bankrupt property developer Myles-Leger says he felt pressure from a long-time friend to continue defrauding clients during his time with the company.

Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.


Research and Markets: The Codification of Criminal Law

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "The Codification of Criminal Law" book to their offerin

Research and Markets: Criminal Law and Human Rights

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Criminal Law and Human Rights" book to their offering.

The risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Will 'Actively Explore the Possibility of Running for President' The Internet may be Jeb's best hope of becoming the GOP nominee.


Lawsuit leaves horse tracks facing bankruptcy, attorney says

Facing a $78 million lawsuit judgment for involvement in an extortion scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' only two pari-mutuel standardbred tracks are prepared to file for bankruptcy to continue operations in 2015, their attorney told the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday.

Tanzania's attorney general resigns over graft accusations

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's attorney general has resigned, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal that has led Western donors to delay aid. The resignation late on Tuesday followed a vote in parliament last month calling on the government to dismiss senior officials, including Attorney General Frederick Werema, for their role in an ...

MJIC Marijuana Index Featured in Upcoming Theatrical Documentary Highlighting Legal Cannabis Industry Entitled ...

Carlsbad, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 17, 2014 / A promo video has been released highlighting the legal cannabis business which features MJIC Marijuana Index, now owned by MJIC, Inc. Intended for theatrical ...

Pay jurors more: Jennifer Pan lawyer, judge say

Both the lawyer defending Jennifer Pan and the judge who ruled in the 9-month-long trial want jurors to be paid more for their work.

Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

Will Warren’s policies help her beat Clinton? Democrats are worried that they've become too focused on specific groups within their coalition and have lost focus on winning over moderate voters who care most about the economy and view government with skepticism.


Roman Polanski mounts legal bid to overturn 1977 US sex charge

Legal representatives for the director, 81, argue he has already served 42 days in prison as part of plea bargain after accepting charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor Interview: Samantha Geimer A lawyer for Roman Polanski has mounted what could be the Oscar-winning film-maker’s final bid to overturn a three-decade-old sex charge that saw him flee the US in 1978 after admitting ...

Ex-Storyful director launches legal information firm

Gavin Sheridan says Vizlegal is initially targeting market for legal information in EU

Tanzanian attorney general resigns over graft accusations

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament late last month calling on the government to dismiss senior officials, including ...

Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

People lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in Sydney's Martin Place, Sydney Australia. Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014. Three people including a lone gunman who took siege in a Sydney CBD cafe are dead after a police action ended in the early hours of the morning. (AP/Photo/Steve Christo) SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.


Legal Memo: Polk - No Same-Sex Marriages Come Jan. 6

Same-sex couples in Polk County will not be able to apply for marriage licenses in early January as some had anticipated.

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

President Barack Obama returns a salute as he steps off Marine One helicopter upon his return on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Obama traveled to New Jersey to speak to members of the military at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) A rare bipartisan achievement, the bill will keep the government operating over the next nine months.


'Gang murder law' review call by MPs

A law which allows several people to be prosecuted for murder even though they may have played different roles needs to be reviewed urgently, MPs say.
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