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Mom Pleads Guilty to Killing Her Kids That Cops Found in Freezer

Thirty-six year-old Mitchelle Blair of Detroit pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of two of her children. She did not have a plea deal with prosecutors. So reports the Associated Press.

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Roberts' Dissent on Gay Marriage Inspires Montana Man to Apply to Legally Marry Second Wife

Inspired by Justice Roberts’s dissent in the Supreme Court case that made gay marriages legal nationwide, a Montana man applied for a marriage license to wed a second wife. So reports the Associated Press.

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NYC Jury Awards Woman $18M in Sexual Harassment Suit Against Venture Capital CEO

A Manhattan federal court jury awarded $18 million to a Swedish woman in a sexual harassment suit she’d filed against Benjamin Wey, the owner of a venture capital and private equity firm. So reports NBC News.

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HIV Vaccine Researcher Sentenced To Prison for Fraud

A scientist who tampered with blood samples to make it seem as if a potential HIV vaccine actually increases immune defense against the disease that can cause AIDS has been sentenced to 57 months in prison. So reports The New York Daily News.

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TV Personality Sherri Shepherd To Pay Child Support Unless Judge Finds She Was Defrauded

Actress and talk show host Sherri Shepherd has entered into a settlement agreement with her ex-husband, providing that she will pay $4,100 a month in support for a child that was born to a surrogate. So reports TMZ.

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Man Gets Up to 40 Years in Prison for Sending Romantic Rival Poisonous Card

A Pennsylvania man who sent a birthday card laced with the deadly poison Ricin to his ex-girlfriend’s new beau has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison. So reports NBC News.

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Truants No Longer Criminals in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law that no longer treats truancy as a misdemeanor criminal offense—a change that means truants will no longer face jail and fines of up to $1,500. So reports NPR.

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Jury Awards $500K to Patient Whose Docs Maligned Him While He Was Anesthetized

A jury awarded $500,000 to a Virginia man whose cell phone recorded his doctors ridiculing him while he was anesthetized and undergoing a colonoscopy. So reports the Washington Post.

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Calling a Woman a ‘Whore’ Isn't Disorderly Conduct: PA Court

A panel of Pennsylvania court judges reversed the disorderly conduct conviction of a man who made “reprehensible” comments to his neighbor when she was standing 10 feet away from him. So reports the Daily News.

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Jail Workers Charged with Killing Arrestee Who Died in Restraining Chair in Cell

Three ex-employees of a county jail in Georgia have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a college student who died there. So reports the Associated Press.

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How Lawyers Can Improve Their Online Rankings

When someone performs a Google search for a certain attorney or law firm, there isn't any magic or secret voodoo involved when that law practice’s website appears atop the search results.

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Does Your Firm Need a Virtual Assistant?

So much relating to the practice of law is tangible. Law books, fee agreements, and case files are just a few examples. But, with the advent of technology, the luxury of a secretary or legal assistant sitting at their desk right outside your office door isn’t a mandatory aspect of running a law practice, even when your busy schedule demands work from outside sources.

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What Lawyers Need to Know About Google's 'Mobile-geddon'

Over the years, history has included countless debacles and scandals described with names ending with “-geddon” and “-gate.” Ready examples include Armageddon, Watergate and Deflategate, a controversy that arose after the Indianapolis Colts were soundly defeated by the New England Patriots in the 2015 AFC Football Championship. Some alleged the Patriots deflated footballs, making it easier to pass and handle the ball.

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How to Combat Negative Online Reviews

Criticism can be difficult to swallow, especially when it demeans a person or the services they provided to a client or customer. However, receiving negative feedback online doesn’t spell the end of your professional career, says Josh King, Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel of Avvo, an online legal repository.

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Mom Pleads Guilty to Killing Her Kids That Cops Found in Freezer

Thirty-six year-old Mitchelle Blair of Detroit pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of two of her children. She did not have a plea deal with prosecutors. So reports the Associated Press.

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NYC Jury Awards Woman $18M in Sexual Harassment Suit Against Venture Capital CEO

A Manhattan federal court jury awarded $18 million to a Swedish woman in a sexual harassment suit she’d filed against Benjamin Wey, the owner of a venture capital and private equity firm. So reports NBC News.

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HIV Vaccine Researcher Sentenced To Prison for Fraud

A scientist who tampered with blood samples to make it seem as if a potential HIV vaccine actually increases immune defense against the disease that can cause AIDS has been sentenced to 57 months in prison. So reports The New York Daily News.

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TV Personality Sherri Shepherd To Pay Child Support Unless Judge Finds She Was Defrauded

Actress and talk show host Sherri Shepherd has entered into a settlement agreement with her ex-husband, providing that she will pay $4,100 a month in support for a child that was born to a surrogate. So reports TMZ.

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GE’s GC Tops List of Highest Paid

General Electric's general counsel's 2012 compensation package afforded him almost $11 million in cash, making him the highest paid general counsel on Corporate Counsel magazine's latest list of the nation's 100 highest paid GCs. So reports Law.com.

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Rash of Kentucky Lawyer Suicides Cause for Concern

In the wake of the suicide of a dozen lawyers in Kentucky during the past three years, several organizations are looking at different ways to curb the tragic trend. Reports have cited as many as six suicides in the last year and 12 dating back to 2010.

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Ex-Nixon Peabody Partner’s Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty to Ponzi Scheme

After entering a guilty plea, John Farahi, founder of Newpoint Financial Services Inc., was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on March 20, according to a National Law Journal story. The Beverly Hills businessman admitted his role in a $20 million Ponzi scheme and the plea could have ramifications for former Nixon Peabody securities partner David Tamman, who was found guilty for his role in the scheme.

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Herbalife Legal Coffers Bolstered to Fend Off Pyramid Scheme Charge

A Los Angeles nutrition company is locked in a legal battle with billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has accused the company of perpetuating a pyramid scheme. Herbalife officials said the company will up their legal defense costs from $25 million to $40 million in the wake of Ackman’s accusations, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

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SCOTUS Favors Religious Rights in Workplace Decision

The nation’s high court ruled that employers have a responsibility to give “favored treatment” when accommodating faith-based observances.

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Space: The Final Frontier of Litigation?

With the goal of ensuring the amicable sharing of other-worldly resources, international, national and private organizations conducted, or will be conducting in the near future, informational symposiums aimed at finding the best practices of space law.

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When a Law Isn't Used for Lawyering Should it Be a Law?

If it looks like a law, and reads like a law, it’s probably a law; but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be used like one. There has been a great deal of rhetoric surrounding an open letter penned by Republican Senators criticizing a potential nuclear agreement between President Barack Obama and Iran, with both sides of the isle making political and policy claims and accusations.

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Dispelling Legal Myths: Trespassing and Deadly Force

Law governs nearly everything one does -- from taxes, to traffic, to murder, merchandising, mandates and more.

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Kung-Fu Lawyer’s Promotional Video Pulls Out All the Stops

A young attorney in Texas has launched a publicity campaign with an over-the-top YouTube video featuring flames and screeching birds. So reports Lawyers Weekly.

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LinkedIn Helps Small Law Firm Attract Work

A partner in a small Northern California law firm attracted work worth $12,000 in billable hours by investing three-to-five hours on the professional networking website LinkedIn.

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In Pets We Trust: Providing for Animal Care After Death

Pet ownership in the United States has tripled since the 1970s, when, according to the Humane Society, approximately 67 million American families owned a pet. In 2012, that figure ballooned to more than 164 million, meaning a staggering 62% of American households included at least one pet. Correlated with the impressive number of American pets is the incredible amount of money spent on caring for them.

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Roberts' Dissent on Gay Marriage Inspires Montana Man to Apply to Legally Marry Second Wife

Inspired by Justice Roberts’s dissent in the Supreme Court case that made gay marriages legal nationwide, a Montana man applied for a marriage license to wed a second wife. So reports the Associated Press.

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Truants No Longer Criminals in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law that no longer treats truancy as a misdemeanor criminal offense—a change that means truants will no longer face jail and fines of up to $1,500. So reports NPR.

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KFC Clucking About Alleged Bird Lies in China

A KFC operator is suing three Chinese companies for allegedly using social media to spread false information about the chicken restaurants’ food. So reports The Associated Press.

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Judge Judy Litigant Arrested for Stealing on Her Way Home From the Show

A Bronx woman was arrested for grand larceny after Port Authority police learned that she had stolen property while en route from Los Angeles, where she had just appeared in a taping of the Judge Judy show. So reports The New York Post.

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