We continue our Friday round-up of what is newest, best and brightest at FindLaw.com. Below, you will find this week's offerings from various areas of FindLaw's unique content, including: core legal content, blogs, news and case law. Take a look at what's new:
- Supreme Court Upholds Warrantless Marijuana Odor Search: FindLaw's Decided details how if police smell a marijuana odor, and hear movement or a flushing toilet, they can break down your door. And if police, after smelling and hearing, conduct a warrantless search, Kentucky courts following U.S. Supreme Court precedent will now refuse to suppress the evidence found. The Kentucky Supreme Court had ruled that marijuana and pills seized after police smelled burning marijuana, then broke down the door to an apartment, had been seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment. In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed.
- Why Do We Declare a National Emergency?: FindLaw's Injured looks at how President Obama declared a national emergency in states across the Midwest and the Southeastern United States, ordering federal agencies to release disaster funds to support the recovery of the flooded and tornado-hit regions. Though it might seem silly to issue a declaration of emergency for a situation that is clearly dire, the act of doing so is actually incredibly important for states seeking federal aid.
- Is Asbestos Litigation Taking Off After $322M Verdict?: FindLaw's Strategist looks at the largest asbestos verdict in U.S. history. It was a $322 million jury verdict in Mississippi. Plaintiffs and plaintiff's attorneys are certainly enthused by the news.
- Can I Shoot a Burglar in Self Defense?: FindLaw's Blotter breaks down some frequently asked questions about when you can use deadly force. In most of the country, you can only shoot a burglar in self-defense. As a general rule, to claim self-defense, or defense of others, a person must have only used reasonable force in a situation where he reasonably believed that it was necessary to protect himself or another from harm.
- State Medical Marijuana Laws:
FindLaw's Learn About the Law has a new guide to medical marijuana laws, to help people understand the various nuances of state-specific laws across the nation. Today, there are 16 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana, with Delaware becoming the 16th state to legalize the drug for medical use.
-- Compiled by Adam Ramirez, FindLaw Audience Team