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Barbed wire

After extensive lobbying, the private probation industry is poised to wield ever more power over Georgia’s debtors.

Stop and Frisk

The cases that passed through Manhattan’s US Southern District court tell the history of post-World War II America.

CIA

As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing.

Bill de Blasio and Bill Bratton

The road to police reform begins with community participation and a court-appointed monitor.

Iraq Veterans Against the War and human rights organizations in both the US and Iraq are collecting signatures for a petition to pressure the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold a hearing on the human rights impacts of US wars.

Tsarnaev brothers

Like defense attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, I did my best to represent the ‘shoe-bomber,’ Richard Reid, when I was assigned to his case. But many less notorious defendants are not so lucky.

Proposition 8 opponents

Gay rights advocates were hoping that the Court would issue a broad ruling, but the justices seem most concerned with issues of standing.

Clarence Earl Gideon

In its historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that poor people have a right to a lawyer. But today, our system of indigent defense is shameful.

Weldon Angelos

Cases like that of Weldon Angelos, who was given a fifty-five-year sentence for selling marijuana, cry out for mercy. But calls for clemency have fallen on deaf ears.

President Obama

Republicans have been blocking Obama's nominations—but the president’s refusal to fight back is part of the problem.

Blogs

A state legislator wants to impeach the five justices who granted a state of execution for two death row inmates earlier this week.

April 24, 2014

Republican Governor Mary Fallin is defying a state Supreme Court order staying the executions of two men.

April 23, 2014

Trial attorneys never saw key evidence proving Jonathan Fleming was in Florida when the murder he was alleged to commit occurred.

April 9, 2014

The State Supreme Court decision reverses Byrom's capital murder conviction for conspiring to kill her husband, a crime her son confessed to.

April 1, 2014

Transparency and civil rights advocates win two victories in a growing battle over anonymous suppliers.

March 27, 2014

UPDATE: Michelle Byrom was not executed on March 27. The Mississippi Supreme Court is reviewing a post-conviction motion to review evidence in her case.

March 26, 2014

Barrett Brown’s attorneys warned that the charges against their client had chilling implications for free speech rights.

March 5, 2014

The new sentence is three times as long as the one she received in 2012. 

March 3, 2014

A challenge to North Carolina’s sweeping new voting restrictions will be heard in court next summer.

December 12, 2013

Affirmative action survives, for now, but the Court erects new hurdles for employment discrimination suits.

June 24, 2013