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A budget crisis and a prison boom make the states a vanguard for drug reform.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's new book, The Majesty of the Law,
appears at a particularly auspicious moment. As the swing vote on and
author of Grutter v.

Bush's new appointee Karen Tandy has a professional history deserving serious Congressional scrutiny.

The hard lessons of Guantánamo have yet to be learned, while many of the old mistakes are being repeated.

So what if it's private, in their hacienda?
It's sodomy still, and enough to offend a
Respectable man, and we must never lend a
Leg up to that vile homosexual agenda!

The Supreme Court's sweeping June 26 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas
came almost seventeen years to the day after one of the darkest moments
in the history of the gay movement.

Nation readers should be excused for wondering whether they were
in some sort of time warp as the Supreme Court closed its term with a
slew of decisions that recalled the halcyon days of

Every day, DNA testing overturns another man's rape or murder
conviction.

Eric Foner was an expert witness in Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan law school case.

In one of its most important cases in decades, the Supreme Court on June
23 upheld the prerogative of colleges and universities to give
preferences to members of minority groups in admissions.

Blogs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is poised to issue regulations for businesses that offer small-dollar, short-term loans. Will they be strong enough?

June 27, 2014

The justices didn’t quote Christian Parenti, but they should have.

June 25, 2014

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional, many states are still able to send children to die in prison without recourse.

June 25, 2014

The Court went to surprising lengths to affirm the idea that technological change demands a reconsideration of legal precedent—an assertion that could have significant implications in other privacy cases.

June 25, 2014

The ACLU finds that SWAT teams spend more time kicking down suspected drug offenders’ doors than rescuing hostages or stopping gunmen.

June 24, 2014

“The slackening of state gun regulations has all the absurdity of a joke, but none of the humor.”

June 23, 2014

“We’re really concerned that these detention centers…will not be under compliance with international law.”

June 20, 2014

After weeks of denying access, Border Patrol officials finally let reporters look inside two controversial immigrant processing centers. 

June 19, 2014

If a Georgia execution goes as planned, it will be the first to take place in the United States since Oklahoma officials botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett on April 29.

June 17, 2014

Low-income residents demand accountability from NYCHA. 

June 16, 2014