Harper Lee only wrote one book in her life, but what a book. Her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” published in 1960, spins the tale of a small town attorney who tries to stand up against the forces of racial injustice....more
Months after Minnesota voters declined to enshrine a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, Gov. Mark Dayton today signed a bill that permits gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot....more
Shortly after an anarchy advocate successfully tested a plastic gun fabricated using 3D printing technology, and then distributed the plans on the internet, the U.S. State Department had the plans pulled due a possible...more
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law last week that provides recourse against discrimination to workers at companies that employ fewer than 15 people....more
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a law passed by the legislature that would ban employers from asking for the social media passwords of workers and applicants. Christie said that he would sign the bill if it...more
The days of putting convicted criminals to death in the United States could be on the wane. Six states have gotten rid of capital punishment in the last six years, while more could be on the way...more
Casey Anthony should have been convicted of murder, her trial judge said this week.
Anthony was acquitted in 2011 for the killing of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Caylee’s corpse was found in a trash bag in the...more
Last year, in an attempt to rein in the harshest punishments for minors convicted of major crimes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not impose mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juvenile...more
A Texas woman is suing a doctor and hospital in Houston, alleging that her tubes were tied without her consent after she had a C-section....more
An Arizona developer has settled a lawsuit against Maricopa Country, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas for $1.4 million. Conley Wolfswinkel had filed suit after his office was publicly...more
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law today partially legalizing medical use of marijuana.
The bill was previously approved by the state Senate in a 42-4 vote....more
Employees in Colorado can still be fired for testing positive for marijuana, an appeals court ruled last week.
Medical use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2000, and the state legalized the drug outright...more
A Florida man was recently sentenced to 26 years in prison for foreclosure and short sale fraud. John Lebron, 33, was convicted last week of setting up a complex scheme to buy and sell foreclosed houses, make money on each...more
The Elvis impersonator could breath a sigh of relief. After he was arrested last week for suspicion of mailing ricin poison to several public officials, Paul Kevin Curtis was cleared of all charges Tuesday....more
Legislation signed into law in Kansas last week will sharply restrict women’s access to abortions, part of a nationwide assault on reproductive rights...more
The ownership of a Renoir painting stolen from a Baltimore museum 62 years ago will be decided by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria....more
At the root of an uptick in cruise ship mishaps and disasters may be overworked and fatigued crew members, a maritime law firm is claiming. The spread of foreign arbitration clauses in employee contracts that prevent workers...more
A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit states that a plaintiff may bring a harassment claim against an employer for a single offensive slur, if the insult is egregious enough....more
The U.S. Senate today rejected a bill that would have closed a major loophole in federal gun laws by subjecting firearm purchases made at gun shows and online to background checks....more
Five protestors were arrested last week in Philadelphia for blocking traffic in an effort to call attention to a crime that is a menace to hourly workers nationwide: wage theft....more
Tax day is Apr. 15, as many consumers making last-minute trips to the post office are already painfully aware. What some people might not realize is that tax day may be the day that they get screwed over financially by their...more
Can police track your location via your cell phone without so much as obtaining a warrant? The answer, for now, is maybe.
Former basketball assistant Eric Murdock has filed a wrongful termination suit against Rutgers University amid the fallout following the disclosure of head coach Mike Rice’s abusive behavior toward the players. ...more
Digital music cannot be sold secondhand over the Internet, even if the seller deletes the original file, a federal judge ruled last week....more
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes, who is facing 166 murder and attempted murder charges for the shooting rampage last July....more