Law and Order/Legislation

Defense attorneys call for Blagojevich/Obama subpoena

Defense attorneys in the Rod Blagojevich trial have requested the President to testify. A Blagojevich Obama subpoena could go anywhere...
Rod Blagojevich

Death penalty in the U.S. context

In the summer of 2009, the court ordered that the authority to impose the death penalty should be carried out by the juries, not the judges.
Death Penalty opposers

Illinois payday lender sues, calling reforms unconstitutional

Illinois Lending Corp. is suing so that a provision within the Illinois Payday Loan Reform Act can be blocked. It's a Constitution argument.
A law stamped “Unconstitutional” in large letters.

Payday loan APR Fees and How They Compare To Other Financing Rates

A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.
A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.

Open carry states | Have gun, will buy frappuccino

Starbucks has become an unwilling part of the controversy of open carry states and gun control. They're being pressured to ban guns in their stores.

Sirhan Sirhan claims to not remember Robert Kennedy shooting

Sirhan Sirhan says he does not remember killing Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. His lawyer maintains Sirhan was the victim of a brainwashing plot.
Robert Kennedy

Muskegon Heights Police investigated over missing money

Whether it's missing money or unclaimed money, it looks bad that it disappeared from the Muskegon Heights Police Department evidence room…
The Muskegon Heights Police Department is under investigation by Michigan State Police for allegedly stealing missing money from a property room.

Installment Loans Online and How They Differ From The Average Payday Loan

One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.
One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.

Hiccup girl Jennifer Mee arrested for murder

Jennifer Mee, the "Hiccup Girl" who came to national prominence for serial hiccups, has been arrested for first degree murder in Florida.
Human Diaphragm

I Heart Boobies breast cancer bands spark suspensions

Wildly popular “I Heart Boobies” bracelets got two students suspended. Now the ACLU is stepping up with a lawsuit against their school.
Collection of I (Heart) Boobies bracelets sold by the Keep A Breast foundation of Carlsbad, Calif. The bracelets are intended to promote breast cancer awareness.

Texas lawmakers propose SB 253 and HB 410 to limit payday loans

Texas payday loan stores are facing a re-definition bill and additional regulation that will, if passed, go into effect on September 1, 2011.
Payday loans

The Ease and Convenience of Short Term Loans Needs To Be Managed In A Smart Way

It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.
It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.

Precious metal and gasoline theft increasing nationwide

Economic conditions have caused a noted rise in thefts of precious metals, including catalytic converters and copper wiring, and gasoline.
Catalytic Converter

Inmate gets kosher meals in accordance with Festivus beliefs

California Inmate Malcolm Alarmo King gets three kosher meals per day while in prison because of his officially declared religion: Festivus.
File photo of veteran comedic actor Jerry Stiller, who played Frank Costanza on TV's “Seinfeld.”

Sugarhouse Casino | Dangerous neighbor or badly needed stimulus?

Philadelphia's Sugarhouse Casino is officially open for business -- but that doesn't mean the debate around the issue is cooling off.
Sugarhouse Casino

What You Need To Know To Keep From Getting Trapped By Cash Advance Addiction

Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.
Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.

Jared Loughner enters not guilty plea in attempted murder case

Accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner has pleaded not guilty. Loughner's mental competence has not yet been questioned in the courtroom.
Photo of a courtroom

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Microsoft, T-Mobile

An Atlanta woman has filed a class-action lawsuit after a Microsoft server outage caused T-Mobile Sidekick users to lose important personal data...
Sidekick image from Wikimedia.

Christian militia group busted by the FBI and ATF

A Christian militia group known as the Hutaree militia was raided by the FBI and ATF on suspicion of a planned attack with guns and bombs...
What a crouching militia member might look like: dark clothing, gas mask obscuring the face and .45 caliber pistol at the ready.

No Credit Check Personal Loans From The Comfort Of Home - A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.
Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.

WalMart finds itself at center of medical marijuana debate

Last January, Wal-Mart fired an employee for failing a routine drug test - and have since been at the center of a medical marijuana debate.
Medical Marijuana shop

Investment firm Terra Firma loses lawsuit over EMI

A jury has found that Citigroup did not lie to the head of Terra Firma's investment group. This means EMI will continue to hemorrhage money.
Lily Allen on EMI