Nation Topics - The Courts

Topic Page

Nation Topics - The Courts


News and Features

The Supreme Court is so full of it, but the sad truth is that President Obama and the Democrats brought this potential judicial disaster upon themselves.

Troy Davis

From Sacco and Vanzetti to Troy Davis, witnesses to crime scenes get it wrong too often. So why did the Supreme Court just make it harder to challenge such evidence in court?

A scene from "Into the Abyss"

Herzog’s film, which debuts today, opens at a time when debate over capital punishment has taken on renewed urgency.

Barack Obama

There is no three-strikes law for crooked bankers, who usually get off with a fine and a promise not to do it again, and again and again.

Hank Skinner

Hank Skinner was scheduled to die on November 9, but his execution was halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Will the state finally agree to test the evidence in his case?

A prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Anyone credibly alleging that he was tortured should have his day in court. But recent court decisions suggest that there will be accountability only for American citizens.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Yes, rape cases are notoriously difficult to prove. But in the DSK case, the criminal justice system worked.

Pro-choice protest

If the Supreme Court holds outrageously restrictive new abortion laws, abortion will effectively be impossible to obtain in states like Kansas and South Dakota—while technically leaving Roe on the books.

The unspoken answer that runs through Scalia’s opinion, and that of the Court down though the ages, is that violence is normal, while sex is obscene.

Under Wisconsin state law, it is a felony to touch a judge, making it quite possible that David Prosser will be forced to resign.


Lawrence Lessig and Glenn Greenwald debate Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination.

May 12, 2010

Melissa Harris-Lacewell explains why Elena Kagan’s decision to deny military recruiters equal access to Harvard Law School was the right one.

May 12, 2010

Katrina vanden Heuvel describes Kagan as a careful choice, who needs to be pressed about her views on executive power.

May 11, 2010

The Solicitor General is a (very) "safe" pick, but observers raise doubts about whether she is committed to putting the brakes on the imperial presidency.

May 10, 2010

Ari Melber explains why Obama dropped Dawn Johnsen as a nominee for the Office of Legal Counsel.

April 14, 2010

A bold and unapologetic guardian of the Constitution and the rule of law will step down, making way for Obama to appoint a replacement.

April 9, 2010

With official denials of incident involving U.S. pilots in Iraq called into question, shouldn't Congress seek all the facts, accountability?

April 5, 2010

It's time for the naysayers to wake up and smell the Bill of Rights.

April 2, 2010

As someone who has written several books and dozens of major articles on judicial interventions in our politics, and who has covered literally hundreds of campaigns in every state of the country, I have made no secret about my sense that the best response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to let corporations spend freely on campaigns is a constitutional amendment to protect our democracy from being overwhelmed with corporate cash.

February 11, 2010

My colleague and friend John Nichols' new post appropriately lauds Rep. Donna Edwards' proposed legislation to redress the damage done by the Supreme Court in its decision in the case of Citizens United v. FEC to abandon long-standing precedent with the purpose of permitting corporations to dominate the political discourse.

February 2, 2010