This has been quite a year for breaking legal stories; 2014 has produced some shocking court decisions, grand jury hearings, celebrity deaths, and shady settlements.
Here are the 10 most-viewed breaking legal documents from FindLaw's Courtside blog in 2014:
- Dad Must Pay Half of Daughter's Cornell Law School Expenses: NJ Court -- Turns out that child support doesn't end when your kids go to college, and one New Jersey father found that out the hard way.
- Stephen Glass Denied California Bar License; Disgraced Journalist Fabricated 42 Magazine Articles -- Unrepentant ex-journalist Stephen Glass won't be practicing law in California anytime soon, thanks to a ruling by the California Supreme Court.
- Ferguson Grand Jury Transcript: Darren Wilson's Testimony -- The Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson after hearing this testimony about how Michael Brown was, in Wilson's words, "like a demon."
- Michael Brown Homicide: 2 Police Reports Obtained by ACLU -- Early in the Michael Brown shooting investigation, the ACLU managed to retrieve two police reports with some detail of what occurred that day.
- Teacher Tenure Laws Are Unconstitutional, Shock the Conscience: CA Judge -- A California judge struck down laws which may have kept "grossly ineffective" teachers in the classroom.
- Judge Posner Tosses 'Scandalous' $90 Million Settlement Deal Loaded with Shady Dealings -- Settlements don't always pass judicial scrutiny, and the Seventh Circuit found this one to be patently unfair.
- Bill Cosby Responds to Sex Assault Lawsuit With Demurrer -- Bill Cosby attempted to get a sexual assault lawsuit against him dismissed by pointing to the statute of limitations for the 40-year-old allegations.
- Woman Files Lawsuit to Prove She Is Alive -- Being considered legally dead is a major problem, as one St. Louis woman found out.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman Friend Sues National Enquirer for $50 Million Over Gay Lovers Article -- The National Enquirer ran a story claiming the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was having a gay tryst, but the man who found him dead sued over those statements.
- Calif.'s 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Bill Signed Into Law -- California Gov. Jerry Brown took a positive step toward preventing rape on college campuses by signing this new "yes means yes" bill into law.
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