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The prosecution of an 8-year-old in New York for wrongful homicide in a school bus accident invokes the "wild child" hysteria of the Central Park jogger case.

Lawsuits by families of soldiers-for-hire killed in Falluja have put a major war profiteer in the cross-hairs.

Recent rulings upholding the right of the executive branch to jail and try terror suspects in military tribunals raise questions about whether the judiciary can keep presidential powers in check. Will a realigned Supreme Court give Bush a
blank check to rise above the law?

Four peace advocates were acquitted of federal
conspiracy charges in connection with a 2003 protest of the Iraq War.

The FBI--with apparent White House
approval--continues to seek the authority to bypass the court system in
pursuit of evidence against terror suspects.

Conservative activists want to eliminate unsympathetic
judges--by any means necessary.

The Republican Senate seeks to eliminate the fillibuster.

The Terri Schiavo case goes to the heart of political choices confronting the country.

Blogs

"It’s going to be hard for conservatives to say that John Roberts condoned a socialist plan,” Howard Dean tells The Nation.

June 28, 2012

Republicans will push for a full repeal of the law, while many Democrats are promising to add even more to it. 

June 28, 2012

The Court issued the biggest ruling of its term on Thursday.

June 28, 2012

Why did the Court limit its ruling to cases with mandatory sentences, instead of banning juvenile life without parole altogether?

June 26, 2012

It depends on which cable news channel you glanced at this morning. 

June 25, 2012

The Court gave the Obama administration near-total victory, striking down key parts of Arizona’s immigration law.

June 25, 2012

Today's decisions about sex, drugs, and union speech may offer clues about next week's decision on healthcare.

June 21, 2012

As America awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on healthcare, it’s important to remember that what’s really on trial is humanity itself. 

June 18, 2012

What’s next for the Defense of Marriage Act?

June 1, 2012

Jurisdictions that repeatedly violated voting rights during the Jim Crow era now want to get rid of federal scrutiny. They’re not ready.

May 24, 2012