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16 min ago | CNN

More drug offenders can get clemency

Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced that the department would broaden the criteria for clemency, a move that is expected to lead to thousands of prisoners filing applications to President Barack Obama seeking to commute their sentences.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Law, Federal Prisons, Prison

4 hrs ago | KCRA-TV Sacramento

GM accused of hiding ignition flaws in 2009 bankruptcy

Lawyers pressing cases against General Motors say the automaker concealed the controversial ignition defect when it "took billions of dollars in taxpayer money" during its government-sponsored bankruptcy in 2009.

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Related Topix: Economics News, Bankruptcy, Law, Autos

Tue Apr 22, 2014

WBIR-TV Knoxville

Gun checks miss millions of fugitives

Millions of fugitives can pass undetected through federal background checks and buy guns illegally because police departments across the country routinely fail to put their names into a national database.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Law

O-R Online

Ohio law criticized by high court

Justices expressed those concerns early and often Tuesday during arguments in a case challenging an Ohio law that bars people from recklessly making false statements about candidates seeking elective office.

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Related Topix: Law, Healthcare Law, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Representative Steve Driehaus, Democrat, Ohio, Stephen Breyer

WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh

DA: Drug ring at Penn. schools busted

Two young men, a bunch of subordinates, one master plan: Take over the drug trade at some of Pennsylvania's best schools.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Pennsylvania, Law, Montgomery County, PA, Philadelphia, PA

The Daily News Journal

Indictment: Prosecutor targeted in kidnapping plot

A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Law, Wake County, NC

New York Daily News

Albuquerque police shoot, kill woman suspected of stealing truck

A 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck was shot and killed during a chase with Albuquerque police, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Law

National Public Radio

Report: Polygraph Crime Admissions Not Reported

An inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community says some admissions of crimes by spy agency workers during lie detector tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies because of breakdowns in reporting procedures.

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Related Topix: Law, James R. Clapper

ABC News

Judge Rules for Newspaper in Mug Shot Dispute Case

A federal judge has ordered the government to turn over mug shots of criminal defendants to the Detroit Free Press.

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Related Topix: Prison, Law, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Columbus Dispatch

Death Row inmate should get life without parole, prosecutor tells board

The death sentence of a man scheduled to die next month for killing a Cleveland produce vendor in a 3-decade-old robbery should be commuted to life without parole, a prosecutor said yesterday while arguing that the defendant is still guilty of the crime.

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Related Topix: Cleveland, OH, Law, Cuyahoga County, OH

Sunherald.com

Court rejects Arizona's appeal in immigration case

In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer speaks at a news conference at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Immigration Reform, Jan Brewer, Phoenix, AZ, Law, US News, US Supreme Court, Prison

Mon Apr 21, 2014

Nanaimo Daily News

Former doctor at centre of hepatitis C outbreak to undergo mental evaluation before ...

A former Nevada doctor at the centre of a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak has been ordered into federal custody for a mental evaluation.

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Related Topix: Nevada, Prison, Healthcare Law, Law

Brandon Sun

Oklahoma Supreme Court stays execution of 2 death row inmates who challenged execution secrecy

A sharply divided Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs.

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Related Topix: Prison, Oklahoma, Law, Death Penalty

Bluffton Today

US marshal shoots defendant in federal court

A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City after the man rushed at a witness with a pen, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, UT, Law

ABC News

PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Pipeline Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Related Topix: Pacific Gas and Electric, Energy, Explosion, Law, San Francisco, CA

USA Today

Thousands of prisoners could qualify for clemency

Thousands of federal offenders could become eligible for clemency consideration by President Obama under new guidelines set to be released later this week by the Justice Department.

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Related Topix: Eric Holder, Law, Federal Prisons, Prison

KRNV-TV Reno

Calif. Congresswoman, aide sued in fatal DUI case

Parents of a Santa Barbara woman killed by a drunk-driving congressional aide have filed a federal lawsuit against the driver, Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps, and the U.S. Santa Barbara news station KEYT reports that the wrongful death suit was filed by an attorney representing Matt and Raeona Dies.

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Related Topix: Lois Capps, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Law

WOI-TV West Des Moines

Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through a concrete outer wall and several pews, injuring about 20 people.

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Related Topix: Law, Healthcare Law

Press-Telegram

Sheriffa s candidates for chief differ over deputiesa immigration role in jails

As the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department works out a new deal to detain immigrants for deportation, candidates vying to head up the agency disagree on whether deputies should do the work of federal agents.

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Related Topix: Los Angeles County, CA, US News, Illegal Immigration, Immigration Reform, Law

Sun Apr 20, 2014

The Bennington Banner

Vermont man charged with attempted murder

Police say 34-year-old David Godin was arrested Sunday afternoon in Burlington. He being charged with attempted homicide, burglary, criminal mischief and interfering with access to emergency services.

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Related Topix: Burlington, VT, Law

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