The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to a hear the case of minor political parties in California who claim they're shut out of general elections because of the state's top-two primary system. 

     A "stoner kid" turned arms dealer who inspired an upcoming Jonah Hill comedy must spend four years in prison for conspiracy, the 11th Circuit ruled. 

     Texas's highest criminal court has rescheduled oral arguments in former Gov. Rick Perry's felony case to accommodate his lead attorney's prepaid trip to Italy.

     It's baseball playoff time and once again the obvious question springs to mind: How can baseball show us how to build a winning law firm?
     The answer by now should be obvious: analytics.
     The younger, tech-savvy lawyers in your firm should appreciate this. You need data-driven reasons for the hiring and placement of each of your fielders - er, lawyers.
     After all, does it make sense to put a macho-peacock partner in charge of a deposition if the stats show he freezes up when the opposing pitcher (questioner) is female?
     And is the guy who claims the huge number of billable hours on paper really worth paying more than the nerdy guy at the computer console who hits the home run in the clutch?
     This could and should radically change the way lawyers are compensated - and create a lively free agency and trade market.
     Obviously, the Ivy League and MIT/CalTech executives you hire as general managers will have their own formulas for building a contender, but I have a few suggestions.
     First off, you need video cameras or their equivalent everywhere.
     I say "equivalent" because you may have a hard time getting the cameras into critical areas such as courthouses, restaurants, and the back seat of cars (a favored spot for negotiation and client consultation).
     The best solution for the courthouse/restaurant situation is to require that all members of your firm be accompanied by a sketch artist. Make sure your artists are trained to capture dramatic moments and eye movement.
     As for the cars - think body cameras. Then keep careful records showing when they've been turned off.
     You'll also need to scout other firms and law students.
     Getting permission for cameras in law schools shouldn't be a problem - endow a few scholarships and point out that this could lead to jobs for graduates.
     Knowing which statistics to compile is also critical.
     Here are a few important categories:
     Grade point average in relation to apparent number of friends.
     Amount of texting during class.
     The ratio of initial complaint page count to days until settlement.
     Percentage of objections sustained in winning and losing cases.
     Eye contact with and/or winking at judge.
     Number of clients who actually pay their bills.
     Effectiveness while dressed in pantsuits as opposed to dresses or kilts.
     Are clients more successful when seated on the left or right of the attorney?
     Days in jail for contempt.
     Cases won/lost while having affairs with associates.
     If "Moneyball" taught us anything, it's that Jonah Hill can do serious acting. It also taught us that you don't need to spend a fortune to put together a winning team.
     And once it wins, you can trade your players for a new crop of hidden talent.
     Let the other guys spend a fortune on free agents.
     Curse Me: Speaking of money, I would like to be denounced.
     Surely you must think I've done something wrong. I do think I'm perfect, but you can falsely accuse me of something.
     The more scandalous the better.
     I'll deny it, of course, but that won't stem your righteous rage.
     Come on! Bring it on!
     I want to be well-funded.
     I'm speaking, of course, of the recent Planned Parenthood brouhaha. I don't have statistics for this (because what fun would that be?) but I'm pretty sure Planned Parenthood donations have gone way up since the organization has been denounced for selling baby parts or whatever.
     This is the way things go. The way to successfully attack anything is to ignore it. And the best way to fame is to be attacked.
     You know I'm right. There are zillions of examples.
     I'm old enough to remember people wanting to boycott "Married With Children."
     Suddenly it became a hit.
     Now consider Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.
     So please attack me. I dress badly and I'm overweight. There's good material here.
     Thank you.
     I am now going to ignore Donald Trump.

     Two psychologists whom the CIA paid $81 million to spearhead its so-called "enhanced interrogation program" face a federal class action for their "war crimes." 

     Consumer-rights firm Hagens Bergman and business litigators Quinn Emanuel asked a court Monday to order Volkswagen to offer owners of the company's CleanDiesel cars an immediate buyback. 

     The Georgia man accused of leaving his toddler in a hot car to die last summer expressed a need for "escapes" from his responsibilities while sexting with several woman as his child died, a detective testified Monday.

     The two largest brewers in the world - Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller - tentatively agreed Tuesday to a $104 billion merger.

     A Nigerian arms dealer claims a California company defrauded it of $8.6 million it handed over for guns and ammo to fight Boko Haram terrorists. 

     Gray wolves may be removed from Oregon's endangered species list soon - depending on a decision the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will announce on Nov. 9.

     A Texas oncologist who was forced to close his practice after it was charged with distributing misbranded cancer drugs has sued his suppliers, claiming they told him the drugs were FDA-approved. 

     In a weeklong bill-signing spree, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills prohibiting cities from banning artificial turf landscapes and to help low-income families pay their water bills.

     After killing an emotionally disturbed New Yorker who claimed to see God, police falsely claimed he was high on heroin, the man's mother claims in a federal complaint. 

     After eight years of navigating overloaded court calendars and reduced resources, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Kevin Culhane has been tapped as the county's next presiding judge.

     Two Spanish-speaking women who lost vital public services because of language barriers have filed a class action taking on systemic failures in Washington, D.C. 

     A federal judge awarded mentally disabled immigrant detainees $9.5 million in fees in a settlement that may allow those deported to return to the United States to contest their cases. 

     The Oregon Supreme Court upheld the manslaughter convictions and prison sentences of a couple whose newborn baby died after they chose faith healing over medical treatment. 

     Massachusetts' refusal to accept renewable energy credits from states outside the Northeast is an unconstitutional tariff on commerce, a solar power company claims in court. 

     A stunt coordinator for "Amazing Spiderman 2" ordered a stuntman to injure another one in an "act of malicious age discrimination" that ended the older man's career, the longtime stuntman claims in court.

     Kurt Busch backed out on a promotion deal with a clothing company and badmouthed it to NASCAR to prevent it from working with other drivers, the California company claims in court. 

     Los Angeles on Friday passed a law requiring property owners to retrofit 15,000 older buildings to strengthen them against earthquakes, and setting timelines for it.

     A lieutenant facing contempt of court charges along with Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday denied that Arpaio's attorney gave him feedback on how to teach deputies to make constitutional traffic stops - though the attorney testified last week that he did so.

     In an effort to curb the widespread use of antibiotics in the cattle industry, California has adopted the strictest standards in the country for the use of drugs on healthy livestock.

     The attorney watching Apple for antitrust violations can begin wrapping up, a federal judge said Tuesday, commending the monitor's "significant public service." 

     A Georgia prison must pay over $100,000 in legal fees and expenses to a human rights advocacy group because jailers unconstitutionally banned delivery of its publication, a federal judge ruled. 

     A challenge to the DNA-testing fee Wisconsin charged people convicted of misdemeanors is back in state court after settlement talks failed. 

     Repudiating their commitments to social responsibility, Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney and The Children's Place had their products made in an unsafe Bangladesh building that collapsed and killed more than 1,000, a consumer advocacy group says in court. 

     A Border Patrol agent accused of murdering a Mexican teenager pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday and is free pending a November trial. 

     Accused felons in Indiana have filed a class action complaining that the system of overworking public defenders tramples their right to counsel. 

     A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government illegally changed its process for reviewing substances approved for use in organic farming. 

     Immigration authorities won't hand over documents abouts their supposed relationship with a bail-bond outfit, a civil rights group claims in court. 

     New Jersey's second biggest city is looking to approve residence-sharing services like Airbnb, unlike its Empire State neighbor.

     Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a bill to protect the shrinking Salton Sea, and Californians who suffer from the dust from it.

     Food Network has severed web ties with a celebrity chef charged with having sex with an underage boy in a Best Buy parking lot. 

     A Border Patrol supervisor was arrested on charges of using his position to have a legal resident arrested repeatedly for causing the agent's relative to be investigated on child rape charges in Mexico, federal prosecutors said.

     A Utah Air National Guardsman who criticized a gay couple's marriage at West Point and then called his commanding officer an embarrassment failed to show that the discipline he faced violated his rights, a federal judge ruled. 

     A challenge by disbarred attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley to Republican inaction in Congress belongs in superior court, a federal judge ruled. 

     E-Smart Technologies owes $1.95 million in civil penalties for its securities fraud violations , a federal judge ruled Tuesday. 

     The United States wants hefty civil penalties from Rockford, Ill., related to its operation of a sewer system that discharges pollutants into the Rock River and the Kishwaukee River. 

     California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday prohibiting all public schools in the Golden State from having "racially derogatory" mascots and team names, namely "Redskins," from Jan. 1, 2017.

     Directors are selling The Williams Companies too cheaply through an unfair process to Energy Transfer Equity, for $32.50 a share or $38 billion, shareholders claim in Chancery Court.

     There is sufficient evidence to support charges that former rap impresario Suge Knight stole a paparazzo's camera outside a Beverly Hills studio, a judge has ruled.

     The U.S. government's criminal prosecution of corporations has dropped over the last decade despite statements from top Obama administration officials about stopping corporate fraud, a new study found.

     A preliminary hearing officer recommended that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's case be referred to a special court-martial but that the former Taliban prisoner receive no jail time, defense attorneys said Friday. 

     A doctor wants California's tax board to collect health insurance taxes from Kaiser, alleging in court that Kaiser has hoarded money by calling itself a nonprofit. 

     A Kentucky fish threatened by coal mining water pollution is proposed for federal protection with critical habitat and a special rule.

     A radio DJ did not defame a police officer on the air by comparing him to bumbling TV lawman Barney Fife, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled. 

     Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin expressed frustration and doubt about the future of executions in her state after the disclosure that an incorrect drug was used to kill child-killer Charles Warner. 

     The state of Arkansas must release the name of its supplier of lethal injection drugs to lawyers for death row inmates challenging the state's execution secrecy law, a state judge ruled Monday.

     Charles Schwab owed investors a fiduciary duty not to deviate from a set investment plan, a federal judge has ruled.

     Board members jeopardized the multibillion-dollar San Onofre nuclear plant settlement by hiding secret communications with state officials, a derivative shareholder class action alleges, echoing earlier claims.

     The Ninth Circuit refused Tuesday to revive claims that an illegal market-allocation agreement allowed USS-POSCO Industries to inflate tin prices. 

     A Brooklyn, N.Y., man has been certifying various businesses and products as kosher using the famous CHK stamp, a nonprofit claims in federal court. 

     Weatherford International works oil rig employees 12 or more hours a day for 10 to 20 days in a row without paying them overtime, a class action claims in Federal Court. 

     A restaurant owner has gone to court to block Saratoga Springs, N.Y., from building a parking garage that will cast a shadow over its solar-paneled roof.

     The 11th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against Cartoon Network for sharing the Android user ID and viewing history of those who watch its programs on a smartphone app.