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Law firm sued by bankruptcy trustee for aiding Ponzi scheme

The law firm Shook Hardy & Bacon, based in Kansas City, Mo. has been sued by the bankruptcy trustee for aiding and abetting University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro’s $930 million Ponzi scheme.

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SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Determining a drug-sniffing dog’s reliability does not necessarily require a demonstration of the dog’s past performance in the field, and a state cannot impose a strict checklist for making the assessment. See “Supreme Court rejects strict checklist in dog sniff ...

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Supreme Court rejects ‘strict checklist’ in dog-sniff searches

Determining a drug-sniffing dog’s reliability does not necessarily require a demonstration of the dog’s past performance in the field, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in reversing the Florida Supreme Court’s “strict evidentiary checklist” for K-9 searches.

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Lawyer haunted by $108.6 M verdict in mother-child death case

When a couple came to trial lawyer Danny Thomas’ office four years ago with a disturbing case involving the death of their daughter and her newborn baby at the hands of a religious group, he knew the case would not ...

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CRIMINAL LAW

Could a state trial court retroactively apply a ruling from its supreme court that abolished the diminished-capacity defense? See “Can state retroactively abolish diminished-capacity defense?” Lancaster v. Metrish, No. 12-547.Certiorari granted: Jan. 18, 2013. Ruling below: 683 F.3d 740 (6th ...

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