"Batman" mass shooter James Holmes is still eligible for the death penalty, a Denver jury found on Monday afternoon.

     "Rage, vindictiveness and partisan malice" led the governor of Maine to interfere with a political opponent's job offer, the man claims in Federal Court. 


     In a sushi class action, a diner claims a Southern California restaurant's "white tuna" is actually escolar, a "succulent" fish that induces diarrhea. 


     Colorado's first marijuana dispensary credit union was denied the banking insurance it needs to open for business, bringing plans to institute pot payroll and direct deposits to a halt. 

     Here's an interesting chicken/egg issue for you to ponder: Do good schools produce successful graduates or do good students create successful schools?
     How well would, say, Harvard grads do if the school admitted only kids with C averages and 400 SAT scores?
     That was the sort of thing I was wondering after spotting a completely nonsurprising "investigative" story in the Los Angeles Times that revealed that graduates of unaccredited law schools in California have very low bar passage rates.
     (By the way, is nonsurprising a word? My computer doesn't think so. This is not surprising.)
     I know the article was investigative because the story was labeled "Times Investigation." Apparently, they've run out of things to investigate that we don't already know.
     But the issue is interesting. Are strip-mall law schools ripping off students or are dumb students giving one-room law schools a bad name?
     Maybe that's the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking: When is the appropriate time to crush someone's dreams?
     After all, the law school people know most of these dumb students are going nowhere, but shouldn't they be allowed to give dreamers a chance? If nine out of 10, according to the investigation, are dropping out, that means 1 out of 10 is making it through.
     According to the Times, a former mayor of Los Angeles was in that 10 percent. Of course, he didn't pass the bar exam, but you can't expect too much from politicians. Still, some of these guys become lawyers.
     Do you close down casinos because the odds are against you?
     Of course not. You let them rake in as much money as they can, build giant hotels and give away free drinks.
     Imagine how popular law schools would be if they offered fine dining and nearly naked dancers.
     Almost everyone would lose, but they wouldn't care. What happens in law school stays in law school.
     And there would be no question about law schools deceiving their students with false hopes.
     Problem solved.
     Except for the small minority with law study addiction issues. Those people need our help and understanding.
     
     Practice Makes ... What?
     Maybe law school and bar exams are overrated and unnecessary.
     The Providence Journal reported Sunday on a guy who failed the Rhode Island bar exam eight times, but still managed to practice law there for 18 years.
     Unfortunately, there's no explanation for the repeat bar-taking. He seemed to be doing just fine without bothering to pass the test.
     For some reason, though, the unlicensed lawyer wasn't being allowed to take the exam a ninth time - which I think is a darn shame. If someone is trying to break a world record and make history, we shouldn't stand in his way.
     The last paragraph of the Journal article is my favorite: "The Lovett brothers are sons of the flamboyant late King of Workers' Comp, Raul Lovett. The self-described 'Mickey Mouse lawyer,' Raul was known for the trademark neon cartoon favorite on display at his longtime offices on Thomas Street."
     Imagine how confident you'd feel with the Mickey Mouse lawyer representing you - whether he passed the bar or not.
     Those of you considering imitating this business development trick might want to try some alternative cartoon figure displays.
     She-Hulk and Daredevil are good choices. They're lawyers in the comic books and they represent strong women and the very-capable disabled.
     But I'd go with Judge Dredd - an avatar who kicks butt in court (or doesn't need a court at all).
     You'll inspire confidence.

     Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was expected to surrender to be fingerprinted Monday morning on three felony securities charges that could send him to prison for life.

     With a renowned chef having backed out of plans to helm a restaurant in his new D.C. hotel, Donald Trump has filed a federal breach of contract action. 

     Los Angeles fired a veteran police detective after another officer gave the media a recording of his allegedly racially based remarks during a training seminar, the detective claims in court. 

     A federal class action accuses CVS pharmacies of overcharging customers for generic prescription drugs by as much as 400 percent and submitting fraudulently inflated claims to insurers. 

     Aegis Defense Service claims in court that a competitor lied about access to its trade secrets with an eye toward a multibillion-dollar State Department contract. 

     Builders groups sued Portland, Ore., claiming new fees on development are an unconstitutional means to build an "enormous slush fund" for the city's parks program. 


     A veteran paratrooper with PTSD from a jump in which his primary chute didn't open must exhaust his administrative remedies before he can sue the Army, a federal judge ruled Friday. 

     Several media groups claim in a lawsuit that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration routinely violate the state's public records law, stymieing their efforts to report on his administration. 

     New rules are not enough to keep Northeast Fisheries from circling the drain, environmental protection group Oceana claims in Federal Court.


     The U.S. Forest Service did its due diligence before deciding to cut down trees killed by insect infestation in a Montana national forest, a federal judge ruled. 

     An ABC and an NBC reporter's attempts to interview beleaguered former House Speaker Dennis Hastert do not merit contempt citations, a federal judge ruled. 

     Los Angeles County officials conspired to seize "several hundred acres of rugged mountainous land" from a private landowner to give it to a conservation group, the owner claims in Federal Court. 


     Environmentalists are fighting a logging project in Montana national forest that will include more than 2,000 acres of clear cuts. 

     The Department of Justice refuses to reveal its unpublished rules for spying on journalists, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation demands a look at them, in Federal Court. 

     San Bernardino County sheriff's officers racially profile Chemehuevi Indians on their own reservation, issuing them traffic citations they have no jurisdiction to give, the tribe claims in Federal Court. 

     President Barack Obama's recent remarks about ending the war in Afghanistan are not helpful to a Guantanamo Bay detainee, a federal judge ruled. 

     After two years of litigation, the fate of a movie based on the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons appeared to be resolved Monday after the announcement of a settlement between toy-maker Hasbro and filmmaker Courtney Solomon. 

     Citing deliberate delays in litigation over a knockoff drone-piloting app, a federal judge tacked $1.6 million in fees to a $7.8 million judgment. 

     Attorneys general from 31 states asked the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to delay implementation of a Clean Water Act rule for at least 9 nine months for judicial review. 

     The Army and CIA satisfied their obligations under the FOIA by releasing thousands of pages about a Nazi general turned U.S. spy, the D.C. Circuit ruled. 

     A federal judge on Friday dismissed Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson's civil rights lawsuit over her ouster as chief of the state's high court. 

     Sears cannot stuff more material into a challenge of more than $1 million in postage fines, a federal judge ruled. 

     Four truckers who had to trade in their rigs for clean-air models are entitled to a refund of their lease and insurance payments, a California appeals court ruled. 

     Petaluma cannot force the state Department of Finance to spend more than $7 in bond proceeds on a planned roadway crossing under a section of U.S. Highway 101, a California court of appeals ruled. 

     A Border Patrol agent who shot a Mexican man to death in the hills above San Diego has been sued by the victim's family. 

     James Holmes' schizophrenia was not his fault, his mother told the jury that is deliberating whether to sentence the mass murderer to death or life in prison.

     California officials "ignored science" by approving an environmental impact report for fracking a week before the release of a state-mandated study, an environmental group claims in state court. 

     The federal government asked the Supreme Court to review a Second Circuit ruling that dramatically narrowed the definition of insider trading and let a hedge fund founder off the hook for $68 million in insider trades. 

     Michigan's Legislature can alter the pension benefits of public employees since they are subject to right-to-work laws, the state's high court has ruled. 

     A company embroiled in a Louisiana political-corruption scandal filed a federal lawsuit against a former staffer it says cost it a $200 million state contract. 

     A federal judge Friday barred the anti-abortion group that released secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials from releasing similar videos of another abortion rights group. 

     A defendant awaiting the start of his trial in a small courtyard outside a Mississippi county courthouse was shot and killed Monday morning, law enforcement officials said.

     A fisherman with a long history of environmental work says there's something fishy about the Department of Commerce's denial of his FOIA requests about a former fisheries official who went to jail. 

     New rules are not enough to keep Northeast Fisheries from circling the drain, environmental protection group Oceana claims in Federal Court.

     A North Carolina barbecue restaurant was slapped with a wrongful death suit after one of its customers allegedly died from Salmonella contracted from its goods. 


     With a 4-2 vote, Richmond, Calif. became the first city in the state to institute rent control in the past 30 years.

     Ninth Circuit deputy clerk Susan Soong will replace Richard Wieking as clerk of California's Northern District Court on Aug. 24.

     A man who was promised immunity for cooperating with a mortgage-fraud investigation no longer has to face criminal charges, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Friday. 

     A Wisconsin appeals tossed 23 child-pornography counts against a sex offender who filled a notebook with graphic sexual language and magazine baby pictures. 


     A girl who was sexually abused by her high school dance coach waited too long to sue the female coach, a federal judge ruled, dismissing the case but suggesting she take it to state court. 

     Rapper Jay-Z's sports and entertainment company tried to poach a world champion boxer from his promoters and offered him $550,000 to skip out on a televised fight, the promoters claim in state court. 

     The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming better federal oversight could have prevented a catastrophic gas-pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010. 


     Photographer Tony Echeverria pka Tony Vera claims Luis Miguel, the "King of Latin Pop," assaulted him as he tried to snap his pic at LAX on April 19, in Superior Court.

     Atrium Inc., Aspen Group, and Nutri-Pak of Wisconsin sell adulterated diet supplements, the United States claims in Federal Court.  

     The Federal Trade Commission approved a $27.4 billion merger of tobacco companies Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc., finding that the companies' divestiture of brands and facilities to rival Imperial alleviated competition concerns.