Silk Road's leader "Dread Pirate Roberts" threatened "real world violence" against a user who attempted online blackmail, evidence in the trial against Ross Ulbricht showed on Thursday.

     Wisconsin's attempt to stifle a daily sing-along by protesters at the state rotunda trampled the First Amendment, an appeals court ruled Thursday. 

     The latest challenge to federal health care reform to the U.S. Supreme Court tramples legislative intent, Congressmen Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and others said in an amicus brief. 

     Two lawsuits filed against an Arkansas funeral home that has since had its licenses suspended paint a haunting tale of a facility in chaos, where bodies were stacked on top of each other, unrefrigerated, and left to decompose. 

     Not deporting some undocumented immigrants will "strengthen cities by keeping families together," 33 mayors, led by New York City's Bill de Blasio, say in a legal brief. 

     A federal judge Tuesday dismissed vacation rental marketplace HomeAway's lawsuit against San Francisco's so-called "Airbnb law." 

     Missouri's attorney general claims cemetery owners let their place run to seed and charged families as much as $18,000 to disinter their loved ones to be moved. 

     A Texas inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection today asked a federal judge to spare his life until prison officials produce evidence their drugs will not cause him "excruciating pain." 

     An Iranian Muslim employed by NASA as an aerospace engineer claims his boss routinely discriminated against him and retaliated when he dared file a grievance. 

     Spy Optic sued in Federal Court, claiming that most if not all Spy products for sale on the China-based website are counterfeit or gray market goods. 

     Atlantic Richfield Co. sued the United States and the Pueblo of Laguna in Federal Court, saying it paid $43.6 million in 1986 to clean up the Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine, and should not have to pay any more. 

     The Environmental Integrity Project sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act, demanding that it regulate ammonia and set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for it. 

     Public agencies in California that contract with the state for water can expect more water than last year, but the drought remains dire for farmers who are barely hanging onto their crops.

     The Justice Department has dropped its bid to keep secret a legal analysis of how the Patriot Act justifies law enforcement and intelligence access to census records, watchdog group EFF said Thursday.

     Residents of "Little Little Havana," a Cuban-American enclave of Union City, N.J., speak to what normalized relations between their two motherlands means for them.

     With an eye toward leaving Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne claims in a federal complaint that the label did not pay him for his new record and failed to register his copyrights.

     The doctor who let an unqualified specialist operate on Joan Rivers and ignored her fading vital signs also photographed the legendary comedian in surgery, her family claims in court. 

     Calling it a "criminalization of politics," former Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday vowed to continue fighting, the day after a judge refused to toss out his two-count felony indictment.

     Former NFL quarterback Vince Young's longtime financial adviser owes him $2 million after missing a payment on a settlement agreement, Young claims in court. 

     An unlicensed contractor demanded money from a customer at gunpoint after abandoning renovation work to her house, the woman claims. 

     An irate Nevadan stuck a gun in the mouth of a neighbor whose son used his driveway to turn around on his bicycle, the boy's father claims in court. 

     A class action claims Govsimplified tricked consumers into buying federal tax identification numbers from its website that are otherwise free of charge from the IRS. 

     A pork company and its insurer sued a South Dakota farm and a tech company, blaming them for the deaths of more than 1,700 pigs who suffocated. 

     The former mayor of a Northern California town sued the Region Builders Political Action Committee, claiming it defamed her in an ad that cost her the 2014 election. 

     A 9th Circuit panel appeared skeptical Thursday that Arizona's voter-registration changes are an illegal burden on Libertarians and Greens.

     A white supremacist who murdered a prison guard no longer has a right to the counsel he bullied as "quacks" and "ass clowns," the Utah Supreme Court ruled. 

     A medical student's DUI conviction and reputation for butt-grabbing was enough to expel him from Case Western Reserve University, the 6th Circuit ruled. 

     The 6th Circuit held that Democratic elections officials fired after Republicans prevailed in the 2008 vote have no legal claim because their postitions were political. 

     A federal judge slapped the Miccosukee tribe and its attorney with $1 million in sanctions for mishandling an embezzlement lawsuit against a former tribal chairman. 

     Google fails to make consumers aware that paid subscriptions to its data-storage service Drive are renewed automatically, a class action alleges. 

     Two Southern Californians swiped $300,000 from customers through "illegal, off-exchange" commodities trades, and one already had been barred from the industry "for cheating and defrauding customers," the CFTC says in court. 

     Four Southern California union members kept their $900,000 embezzlement from the union in the family, federal prosecutors say in a 40-count indictment.

     Discovery delays could lead to summary judgment in the government's Medicaid fraud case against Dynamic Visions, a federal judge ruled. 

     Shareholders accuse the PIMCO Total Return Fund of mismanagement: a "risky derivative policy" that caused large investors to withdraw $20 billion, in a federal class action. 

     California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a withering, 519-page response with the state's high court this week on why convicted wife-and-unborn-baby killer Scott Peterson deserves to be executed. 

     The Federal Trade Commission banned the operator of a revenge porn website from posting nude photos or videos of women without their consent. 

     Jury details must be made available to the public and the press after any criminal trial verdict, absent specific safety concerns, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled. 

     TracFone has agreed to pay $40 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it deceived millions of consumers with hollow promises of "unlimited" data service. 

     James McMillan, a former gubernatorial candidate and the face of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, claims in a pro se federal complaint that he is getting evicted. 

     The owners of two Florida-based online diploma mills are permanently banned from advertising and selling academic degrees, the Federal Trade Commission announced. 

     The 6th Circuit said it would not rule on parole eligibility for Michigan juveniles sentenced to life in prison until the Supreme Court resolves a similar case from Louisiana.  

     The Humane Society of the United States sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act, demanding that it regulate concentrated animal feeding operations as a source of air pollution. 

     A customer claims Fletcher Jones Motor Cars misrepresented the condition of a Mercedes he bought from it, and when he went there to complain, a salesman beat the hell out of him, in Orange County Court. 

     TracFone Wireless promised unlimited data but throttled service for customers who exceeded certain limits, the FTC claims in Federal Court.