By: Colin Stutz
Word of Suge Knight‘s condition and the ongoing investigation following the reported six gunshot wounds he suffered early Sunday morning at a nightclub in West Hollywood are still foggy, with conflicting speculations running wild.
Though the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has not released any news of progress in the case since a Monday press release confirming three victims were shot — Knight, 49, as well as a 19-year-old female and a 33-year-old man — and no weapon had been recovered or suspects placed in custody, a sergeant with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station told Billboard that there were in fact updates in the case but they were not yet ready for release. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Martha Neil
A Maine attorney is facing a felony child-pornography possession charge after state police allegedly found sexual images of children under the age of 12 on a laptop and an external hard drive at his Portland law office.
Authorities traced images on the Internet to an IP address for a computer at the Falmouth home of Lawrence Winger, 63, state police told the Portland Press-Herald.
Although the laptop and hard drive were not found Aug. 18, when police executed a search warrant on the home, Winger consented to a search of his law office, where the devices were located, the newspaper reports.
He voluntarily surrendered Wednesday and was released on $500 bail in the Cumberland County case. The article doesn’t include any comment from Winger or his attorney.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Winger is known for his representation of companies in employment-discrimination cases and has written a book on employment law.
By: Debra Cassens Weiss
A class action suit filed on Wednesday seeks to limit concussions among soccer players by changing the rules for the sport.
The suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, names several soccer organizations as defendants, including FIFA, the sport’s international governing body, report the New York Times and Time.
“For many families soccer is seen as a terrific alternative to football,” the suit says. “Parents are often relieved when their children choose soccer. However, soccer ranks among the top sports in the number of concussions per game.”
By: Arturo Garcia
Video posted online on Tuesday depicts the arrest and Tasing of an unidentified Black man in St. Paul, Minnesota for seemingly little reason other than his refusal to state his name, the Twin Cities Daily Planet reported.
“Why am I going to jail?” the man can be heard saying toward the end of the nearly 6-minute long clip.
“It’ll be explained to you,” a male officer responds.
The video, which seemed to have been taken on a cell phone this past winter, begins with a female officer walking beside the man and asking for his name. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Scott Kaufman
The winner of a game of Russian roulette was arrested on Monday on charges related to the death of the loser, The Daily Courant reports.
According to police, John Dybowski and Armand Cyr were video-chatting with Kevin Hogg via Google on July 13, 2014.
“Dybowski was spinning the revolver’s cylinder and trying to snap the gun closed with the flip of his wrist,” Hogg told police. He then “observed that the revolver wasn’t locking closed while Dybowski did that and that something fell out of it.” Dybowski did “this a few times before the gun finally locked closed [then] immediately put the gun to the side of his head and pulled the trigger.” Read the rest of this entry »
By: Renee Sylvestre Williams
A law degree doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a career in law. It does guarantee you will have a degree and most likely a student loan.
In North America, there seems to be a glut of lawyers. Earlier this year, New York Supreme Court judge Melvin J. Schweitzer ruled that lawyers couldn’t sue their schoolsfor marketing the field as a viable source of employment.
In Canada, the Globe and Mail looked at the issue of too many law students and not enough articling positions in the big firms. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Ben Winslow and Mark Green
A federal judge declared a portion of Utah’s polygamy ban unconstitutional late Wednesday, essentially decriminalizing polygamy in the state.
U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled the phrase in the law “‘or cohabits with another person’ is a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is without a rational basis under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” Read the rest of this entry »
Records of landmark US civil rights cases presided over by one of the country’s most senior judges have been removed from the internet.
The state-run Public Access to Court Electronic Records (Pacer) service deleted numerous court documents deemed incompatible with a software upgrade.
These included appeals heard by Justice Sonia Sotomayor prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court.
A famous racial discrimination case was among the expunged files. Read the rest of this entry »