Month: December 2014

2-year-old accidentally kills mother in Wal-Mart

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http://www.aol.com/article/2014/12/31/2-year-old-accidentall... 2-year-old accidentally kills mother in Wal-Mart HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) - A shopping trip to a northern Idaho Wal-Mart turned tragic when a 2-year-old boy reached into his mother's purse, grabbed her concealed gun and accidentally killed the woman, authorities said. Veronica J. Rutledge, 29, who was described as a loving mother, was shopping Tuesday with her son and three... [...]

Last 4 on Md. death row to have sentences commuted

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http://www.aol.com/article/2014/12/31/last-4-on-md-death-row... Last 4 on Md. death row to have sentences commuted ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that he will commute the capital sentences of the state's last four inmates on death row to life in prison, saying executing them "does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland." Two years ago, the General Assembly abolished the... [...]

Minority law student groups seek exam delays due to grand jury rulings; Columbia partly acquiesces

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http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/minority_law_students... Minority law student groups seek exam delays due to grand jury rulings; Columbia partly acquiesces Columbia Law School has announced it will consider applications to delay final exams by students traumatized by recent grand jury decisions in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, but that decision doesn’t completely satisfy a group seeking exam delays. The Coalition at... [...]

Abortion ultrasound law violates First Amendment, 4th Circuit says

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http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/abortion_ultrasound_l... Abortion ultrasound law violates First Amendment, 4th Circuit saysA federal appeals court has ruled that North Carolina’s abortion ultrasound law violates the First Amendment. The law requires physicians to perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram, and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions, even if the woman averts her eyes or refuses to listen. The measure... [...]

Dozens of lawyers join protests over police slayings

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http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/dozens_of_lawyers_joi... Dozens of lawyers join protests over police slayings Dozens of lawyers in New York City and elsewhere joined protests Wednesday over recent police slayings of unarmed individuals and the way they have been handled by the criminal justice system. Public defenders marched with other lawyers at Brooklyn courthouses and at least one prosecutor’s office and also participated... [...]