Daily Archives: May 8, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 4 years ago in Divorce Your Money & The Law by Janet Raasch  
Are You Stuck with Your Alimony Payments?

Alimony is money paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce. Today, it is often referred to as “spousal support.”  In most states, permanent spousal support is usually awarded only when one spouse has been economically dependent on the other spouse for most of a long marriage. Alimony laws in most states still allow for permanent awards, though former spouses can generally seek to modify the terms in court. In 2011, Massachusetts eliminated permanent alimony arrangements, and Florida …

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Posted 4 years ago in Crime by Aaron Kase  
James Holmes To Plead Insanity for Aurora Theater Massacre

Former neuroscience student James Holmes will plead not guilty by reason of insanity for last year’s rampage killing at a theater in Aurora, Colo., his lawyers announced yesterday. Holmes is accused of bursting into a midnight screening of “The Dark Night Rises” on July 20 and opening fire on the crowd, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. He was arraigned in January on 166 counts of murder and attempted murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. The trial …

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Posted 4 years ago in Bankruptcy Creditor/Debtor by Michele Bowman  
Bankruptcy May Become a Way Out of Student Loan Debt

While students get breaks on their loans in some ways, filing bankruptcy has never been one of them. But if a federal appellate opinion and action in Congress are any indicators, that could be changing.   Rural and Poor The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Apr. 10 held that a woman’s student loan debt fell under the “hardship exception” to the general rule that such debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. The exception is nothing new; what’s notable …

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Posted 4 years ago in Crime Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Can Kids Be Sentenced to Life in Prison?

Last year, in an attempt to rein in the harshest punishments for minors convicted of major crimes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not impose mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juvenile defendants. The Court’s rulings in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs have created new challenges in the handling of juvenile sentencing for states across the nation. Missouri’s Supreme Court heard two appeals last week for juveniles who were convicted for life, out of …

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Posted 4 years ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
$32.8M Award Upheld for Bad Tire That Caused Fatal Rollover

A $32.8 million verdict has been upheld against Cooper Tire for making and selling a defective tire that caused the driver of a van full of refugees to lose control near Bondurant, Iowa, and overturn several times, killing one woman and paralyzing another. Alfred Lang was driving a van carrying six passengers. The seven were refugees from Sudan who were sponsored by church organizations to immigrate here and were carpooling to work at a meatpacking plant in nearby Marshalltown. The left …

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