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Heien v. North Carolina – SCOTUS docket no. 13-604 Dec. 17, 2014 – REASONABLE SUSPICION FOR TRAFFIC STOP BASED ON IGNORANCE OF THE LAW

December 18th, 2014

    See complete ruling at: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-604_ec8f.pdf   ***** Docket No., 13-604 QUESTION PRESENTED: Whether a police officer’s mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment requires to justify a traffic stop. Merit Briefs Brief for Petitioner, Nicholas Brady Heien Brief for Respondent, North Carolina Reply Brief for Petitioner, Nicholas Brady [...]

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Ignorance Is No Excuse For Wrongdoing…Unless You’re A Cop

December 18th, 2014

  U.S. Supreme Court deals another blow to Bill of Rights. JOHN W WHITEHEAD — DECEMBER 17, 2014 “[I]f the individual is no longer to be sovereign, if the police can pick him up whenever they do not like the cut of his jib, if they can ‘seize’ and ‘search’ him in their discretion, we enter a [...]

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SCOTUS backs NC Supreme Court about traffic officer’s mistake about the law

December 16th, 2014

Posted by John H. Tucker @JH_Tucker on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the validity of traffic stops made by officers who administer them based on a mistaken understanding of the law—provided the mistake was reasonable. The case, Heien v. North Carolina, originated in Surry County, when an interdiction officer pulled over a car with [...]

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Andrew Beshear won’t disclose his work for companies that run afoul of attorney general

December 14th, 2014

  BY JOHN CHEVES jcheves@herald-leader.comDecember 13, 2014 Updated 11 hours ago Andrew Beshear RECENT HEADLINES Andrew Beshear won’t disclose his work for companies that run afoul of attorney general     FRANKFORT — In early 2010, scores of homeowners complained to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway about official-looking letters sent by a Miami company, Home Service [...]

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May a lawyer call another lawyer unethical? Spate of inquiries spurs ethics opinion

December 12th, 2014

POSTED DEC 08, 2014 06:15 AM CST BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS Image from Shutterstock. Is it unethical for a lawyer to label another lawyer unethical? The Iowa State Bar Association has received so many inquiries about the issue that its Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee addressed the topic. “The purpose of this ‘back to basics’ opinion,” the [...]

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US Corporations Are Using A Supreme Court Ruling To Fend Off Human Rights Abuse Lawsuits

December 12th, 2014

    LAWRENCE HURLEY, REUTERS DEC. 12, 2014, 2:21 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 that made it all but impossible to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for alleged roles in overseas human rights abuses is proving to be a boon for U.S. firms too, court documents show. In [...]

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Court Overturns Insider-Trading Convictions, a Blow to Justice Department

December 11th, 2014

  Judges Narrow Definition of Insider Trading, Say Prosecutors Took Too Broad a View in Wall Street Crackdown By CHRISTOPHER M. MATTHEWS Updated Dec. 10, 2014 7:18 p.m. ET In a blow to the Justice Department’s Wall Street crackdown, a federal appeals court overturned two insider-trading convictions and ruled it isn’t always illegal to buy [...]

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MEDIATION RULING –BOTH PARTIES SHALL HAVE PERSON WITH AUTHORITY TO SETTLE ATTEND THE MEDIATION

December 9th, 2014

  SEE: 136 S.W.3d 455 KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Appellant, v. The Honorable Samuel T. WRIGHT, Presiding Judge, Letcher Circuit Court, Appellee and Meryl Adams and Roger Fields Real Parties in Interest. No. 2003-SC-0023-MR. Supreme Court of Kentucky. June 17, 2004. [136 S.W.3d 456] Michael J. Schmitt, Porter, Schmitt, Jones & Banks, Paintsville, Counsel for [...]

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Attorneys who are candidates for public are forbidden by Supreme Court Rules to release names of current or former clients to the media.

December 8th, 2014

SCR 3.130(1.6) Confidentiality of information Supreme Court Commentary   2009: (1) This Rule governs the disclosure by a lawyer of information relating to the representation of a client during the lawyer’s representation of the client. See Rule 1.18 for the lawyer’s duties with respect to information provided to the lawyer by a prospective client, Rule 1.9(c)(2) for [...]

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Supreme Court of Kentucky to hear arguments Dec. 10-11 in Frankfort

December 8th, 2014

  Press Release Date: Friday, December 05, 2014 Contact Information: Susan Stokley Clary Supreme Court Clerk 502-564-5444 susanc@kycourts.net The Supreme Court of Kentucky will hear oral arguments in cases that originated in Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Oldham and Pendleton counties when it convenes Dec. 10-11 in Frankfort. Proceedings are open to the public and will take [...]

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