Wash. high court rules against life without parole for juveniles | Israeli high court ruling favors Fla. student facing deportation | Ill. high court: Police dog searches at apartment door requires warrant
Washington state's Supreme Court has found that sentencing anyone younger than 18 to life without possibility of parole amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and, therefore, violates the state constitution. The split decision comes after last week's unanimous ruling that struck down the death penalty in the state.
A decision by Israel's Supreme Court reverses an appeals court decision that Lara Alqasem, a Florida native, should not be allowed in Israel because she is alleged to have supported a boycott of the country. Alqasem is a graduate student who obtained a student visa to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem but was detained at Ben Gurion International Airport.
The Illinois Supreme Court found that police officers need a warrant when using drug-sniffing dogs in common areas of apartment buildings. The majority in the 4-3 decision said the area outside an apartment door is part of a home for legal purposes, while a dissenting justice said no expectation of privacy exists for common areas.
Gelfman Blueprint and its CEO, Nicholas Gelfman, must pay $2.5 million for operating a Ponzi scheme that affected at least 80 customers, a federal court has found. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Gelfman and his company lack the funds to pay restitution.
Yale University is facing a second lawsuit for a decade-old data breach that exposed the information of 100,000 former students. Hackers gained access to Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and more between April 2008 and January 2009.
Attorneys can face a great deal of stress in their work, but they can lower that stress by changing their perception of situations, writes Jamie Spannhake of Berlandi Nussbaum & Reitzas. Spannhake encourages attorneys to "stop giving space in your head" to upsetting events and "instead look forward to resolving challenges."
The Texas child welfare system needs to improve its oversight of foster placements and reduce workers' caseloads, according to a ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. The court struck down certain overhaul measures, including a prohibition on placements in large group homes.
A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Miami on behalf of Burger King workers who were subject to no-poaching agreements since 2010. The suit alleges these agreements limited franchisees' hiring of one another's workers and held down employees' wages and opportunities.
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