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Illinois getting nearly 200 new laws to start 2017 - By Kevin P. Craverof the Morris Daily Herald More than 190 changes to Illinois law take effect with the new year. No, none of them are an actual state budget or meaningful pension reform. But Illinois does enter 2017 with an official state archaeological artifact. House Bill 538 officially designates the pirogue, a narrow canoe … Continue reading Illinois getting nearly 200 new laws to start 2017
Decision on Attorney-Client Privilege Spooks Defense Bar - Charles Toutant and Vanessa Blum, The Recorder A closely divided California Supreme Court on Thursday limited the protection afforded to legal bills under the attorney-client privilege when those bills are sent to government entities and sought under the state’s Public Records Act. The court ruled 4-3 that a law firm’s invoices to a government agency … Continue reading Decision on Attorney-Client Privilege Spooks Defense Bar
Italy’s anti-mafia squad in overdrive as asylum seekers flood into Europe - By Connie Agius Updated yesterday at 10:43pm Italy’s investigators are ramping up their efforts to stop organised criminal gangs — including the mafia — from smuggling people into the country, in the face of record asylum seeker arrivals. The number of people who made the hazardous boat journey across Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Italy … Continue reading Italy’s anti-mafia squad in overdrive as asylum seekers flood into Europe
Texas’s 2016 Execution Tally Was the Lowest Since 1996 — Here’s Why - Houston-based Texas Defender Services is trying to ensure the judicial system functions properly even in the most extreme circumstances. By Adam Doster 12/29/2016 at 8:00am A few weeks after a bad breakup, in 1995, Duane Buck stormed into the Houston home of his ex-girlfriend and murdered her while her three children watched. He also killed the … Continue reading Texas’s 2016 Execution Tally Was the Lowest Since 1996 — Here’s Why