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John Hinckley Case Led to Vast Narrowing of Insanity Defense — John Hinckley Jr.'s impending release, more than three decades after his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, serves as a reminder of how a single event can change the face of criminal law. Today, fewer than 1% of criminal defendants plead not guilty by reason of insanity like Mr. Hinckley, according to legal experts.

DOJ Cashes Out of Lawsuit Alleging Counterfeit Coins from China — The Justice Department has quietly settled a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from companies the agency had accused of importing counterfeit U.S. coins from China and fooling the U.S. Mint into paying nearly full value for them. A federal district judge in Philadelphia dismissed the case in a July 21 order that said the parties in the case, America Naha Inc.

India Says Cadbury Used Phantom Factory to Avoid Taxes — India has accused Cadbury PLC of dodging about $46 million in taxes by pretending to produce candy at a factory that didn't exist. A 103-page report by the country's tax authorities, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, accuses Cadbury's Indian unit of manipulating invoices and other documents to get a tax exemption available to companies that began production in new plants in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh by...

Reporter’s Detention Fuels Debate Over Cellphone Searches — Around U.S. border crossings and in airports, U.S. law-enforcement authorities enjoy few legal constraints on their powers to search international travelers. They can dig through luggage, take apart cars, inspect personal devices and more, all without a warrant or even suspicion.

Baton Rouge Gunman ‘Intentionally Targeted and Assassinated’ Officers — Gavin Eugene Long, who served in the Marines before renouncing his U.S. citizenship to join a radical antigovernment group, had laid plans to kill police before the weekend attack that left three Baton Rouge, La., lawmen dead, authorities said Monday. "There's no doubt whatsoever these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated," Louisiana State Police Col.

Black Separatist Group Denies Connection to Baton Rouge Gunman — The black separatist group linked to Baton Rouge, La., shooter Gavin Eugene Long has disavowed any connection with the gunman. "This person had nothing to do with my family or knew anything about my family," said Fredrix Joe Washington on Monday. Mr. Washington's mother, Verdiacee Hampton Goston, was the self-proclaimed empress of Washitaw...

Baton Rouge Gunman Created Alternate Identify Prior to Shooting — Gavin Eugene Long, the gunman who killed three Baton Rouge, La., police officers Sunday, had legally changed his name to Cosmo Setepenra after pledging allegiance to a group of black Americans who claim to be part of a sovereign nation. Long, 29 years old, was killed by police following the shooting.

Police Departments Shift Tactics After Recent Shootings to Protect Officers — Several of the country's largest police departments made changes to the way their officers patrol their beats, a direct response to shootings that left eight law-enforcement officials dead in the past two weeks, including three in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday.

Court: Judges Can Consider Predictive Algorithms in Sentencing — Sentencing judges may take into account algorithms that score offenders based on their risk of committing future crimes, Wisconsin's high court ruled on Wednesday.

Laws Posed Hurdles to Charging Hillary Clinton — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. FBI's options in the email case were limited to two federal statutes Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey excoriated Hillary Clinton last week for her mishandling of classified information as secretary of state, saying the Democratic presidential candidate was "extremely careless" with government secrets and that "any reasonable person" in her position should have known better.
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Jul 28, 2016

RT @DevlinBarrett: How the Hinckley Case Changed the Insanity Defense For A Generation, by @joe_palazzolo via @WSJ

Jul 23, 2016

RT @evanperez: Men for others - Jesuit men are on a hot streak. #AMDG

Jul 22, 2016

RT @Kate_OKeeffe: As tensions rise, black police are caught in the middle  “We still have people who remember the dogs and fire hoses"

Jul 21, 2016

In my inbox: "Have you seen the Donald Trump Talking Pen yet? It’s Guaranteed to generate laughs with your audience!"

Jul 20, 2016

RT @reidepstein: I'm so old I remember when Scott Walker dropped out and called for other GOP presidential candidates to unite against Donald Trump.

Jul 20, 2016

RT @rickhasen: #ELB: Breaking and Analysis: Divided 5th Circuit Holds Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting… 

Jul 20, 2016

DOJ seeks $1 billion in assets allegedly bought w/ plunder from Malaysian economic fund, including a van Gogh 

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