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U.S. Supreme Court hears case challenging Ohio ban on political lies

[Apr 23rd, 2014]
Apr. 22, 2014 | Written by Deirdre Shesgreen Gannett Washington Bureau WASHINGTON ? Ohio?s ban on political lies came under sharp scrutiny at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with a majority of the justices skeptical that the law did not chill free speech even if it?s not enforced through criminal prosecution. In a lively, one-hour [...]

IRS to face the Supreme Court over summons power

[Apr 23rd, 2014]
IRS to face the Supreme Court over summons power Reuters April 22, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service will go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to defend the way it enforces its power to issue legal summonses to obtain sensitive documents from taxpayers who refuse to cooperate with audits. The IRS is squaring off [...]

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement has launched an inquiry into the Dallas Police Department?s training practices amid concerns that standards for training police recruits have been lowered,

[Apr 22nd, 2014]
by TANYA EISERER Follow: @tanyaeiserer Posted on April 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM DALLAS — The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement has launched an inquiry into the Dallas Police Department?s training practices amid concerns that standards for training police recruits have been lowered, an agency spokeswoman said Friday. News of the agency?s inquiry came a [...]

Six Amendments: Retired Justice Stevens calls for Changes In the Constitution

[Apr 22nd, 2014]
Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution John Paul Stevens Little Brown, 172 pp., $23 Reviewed by Stewart Pollock ed0420bkstevenspic.jpg Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the United States Supreme Court in 2010 after 35 years of distinguished service, but his reverence for the Constitution remains unabated. In ?Six Amendments,?; he identifies [...]

U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether police have probable cause to make a traffic stop if it turns out the officer was mistaken in thinking the driver violated the law.

[Apr 22nd, 2014]
By The Associated Press Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM. WASHINGTON ? The Supreme Court will decide whether police have probable cause to make a traffic stop if it turns out the officer was mistaken in thinking the driver violated the law. The justices on Monday said they will hear an appeal from [...]

Eyewitness testimony losing credibility with lawmakers, law enforcement

[Apr 20th, 2014]
The Associated Press April 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time ? a reality that [...]

Better Rules for Bad Lawyers NEW YORK TIMES CRITIZES ATTORNEY ETHICS RULES

[Apr 18th, 2014]
The Opinion Pages|Editorial NEW YORK TIMES Better Rules for Bad Lawyers By THE EDITORIAL BOARD APRIL 15, 2014 Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Share This Page In 2009, a lawyer in New York helped his client settle a claim for $30,000. The lawyer then had the check issued in his [...]

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Annual KY. jobless rates released for 2013

[Apr 18th, 2014]
Press Release Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014 : FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2014) ? Annual unemployment rates were lower in 51 Kentucky counties in 2013 than in 2012, while 57 county rates went up and 12 counties had the same annual rate for both years, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an [...]

New Board Member for Kentucky Retirement System

[Apr 17th, 2014]
New Board Member for KRS Press Release Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Revision Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Contact Information: Kentucky Retirement Systems Questions call: 1-800-928-4646 Email KRS welcomes Randy K. Stevens, who has been appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to serve on the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees. He currently works as the [...]

Secretary Grimes and Attorney General Conway Join Together to Preserve Election Integrity

[Apr 17th, 2014]
Press Release Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Contact Information: Lynn Sowards Zellen, lynn.zellen@ky.gov Bradford Queen, bradford.queen@ky.gov (502) 564-3490 Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky?s chief election official, and Attorney General Jack Conway, the state?s chief law enforcement official, are again joining forces to prevent vote fraud in the May 20 Primary Election. Members of [...]

New Supreme Court Rule re: filing of Ethics Claims against Attorney

[Apr 15th, 2014]
SCR 3.160 Initiation of disciplinary cases (1) After review by Bar Counsel pursuant to subparagraph (3) of this Rule, any sworn written statement of complaint against an attorney for unprofessional conduct shall be filed with the Disciplinary Clerk who shall promptly notify the attorney by certified mail, sent to the address maintained by the Director [...]

Steve Huddleston has written an outstanding short story about the importance of legal representation for anyone charged with a crime.

[Apr 14th, 2014]
Steve Huddleston, an attorney in Warsaw, Kentucky has written an outstanding short story about the importance of legal representation for anyone charged with a crime. This story should be widely read. Defense attorneys will understand the public reaction they have had when they represented people who were ?obviously guilty?. Huddleston may be contacted at (859) [...]

Gun rights may return to Supreme Court?s agenda

[Apr 14th, 2014]
USA Today, USAToday.com April 13, 2014 (USA TODAY) WASHINGTON ? The push and pull over the Second Amendment right to bear arms is heating up again, thanks in part to a former Supreme Court justice’s new book. Friday, the high court will consider whether to hear a challenge to a New Jersey law restricting the [...]

statement by Attorney General Holder on Sentencing Commission?s Vote to Approve Reductions in Sentencing Guidelines for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

[Apr 11th, 2014]
Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 10, 2014 WASHINGTON?U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder?who testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission last month in support of a proposal to reduce the federal sentencing guidelines for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders?released the following statement Thursday in response to the Commission voting to formally [...]

8th Cir. axes $900K verdict because lawyer told personal law school sex-harassment story at closing

[Apr 11th, 2014]
Trials & Litigation Posted Apr 7, 2014 4:10 PM CDT By Martha Neil A $900,000 jury award in an employment discrimination case, including $600,000 in punitive damages, has been reversed by a federal appeals court because a lawyer for the plaintiff during closing arguments told jurors that as a law student, she was sexually harassed [...]

EDITORIAL COMMENT BY LAWREADER SENIOR EDITOR STAN BILLINGSLEY re: RESIGNATION OF ERIC DETERS

[Apr 10th, 2014]
The decision by attorney Eric Deters to resign from the retire from practice of law in Kentucky after a five year battle with the KBA , may be the basis for some in the KBA to rejoice. Yes they are finally rid of Eric. The KBA spent $400,000 to try to sanction Senator Berry for [...]

SCOKY Retreats Further From Open And Obvious Hazard Doctrine In Premises Cases

[Apr 9th, 2014]
By David Kramer | dkramer@dbllaw.com In its recently published 4-3 opinion in Shelton v. Kentucky Easter Seals Society, Inc., 413 S.W.3d 901 (Ky. 2013), the Kentucky Supreme Court expanded on its prior decision in Kentucky River Medical Center v. McIntosh, 319 S.W.3d 385 (Ky. 2010), limiting the ?open and obvious hazard doctrine,? and held that [...]

MCCutcheon Lays Groundwork for Ruination of Democracy

[Apr 9th, 2014]
Posted: 04/07/2014 6:12 pm EDT Updated: 04/07/2014 6:59 pm EDT SUPREME COURT MCCUTCHEON More: Supreme Court McCutcheon v. Fec Citizens United Campaign Finance Laws Campaign Finance With its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a campaign finance law for the seventh time since Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Court [...]

Supreme Court Ruling on Workplace Harassment ? Courts are limiting actions against franchise owners

[Apr 9th, 2014]
Erin Matson by Erin Matson, Editor at Large, RH Reality Check April 8, 2014 – 4:01 pm More than three million lower-level supervisors exercise significant control over the daily working lives of more than 17 million low-wage workers, according to the report. More than three million lower-level supervisors exercise significant control over the daily working [...]

Press Release Announcing Eric Deters Retirement From the Practice of Law In Kentucky

[Apr 8th, 2014]
April 8, 2014 I have retired effective today from the practice of law in Kentucky. I want to stress I have no intention of retiring in Ohio and while I?m personally retiring, the law office where I have practiced and will practice in Ohio, have handled and will remain handling Kentucky cases. Kentucky lawyers will [...]
 

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