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Contrary to many claims, the Supreme Court did not uphold the “show me your papers” provision of SB-1070—the decision is a near-complete victory for immigrants’ rights.

Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from healthcare reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

The Supreme Court

A GOP win in November would move the most conservative bench in history even further to the right.

Handcuffed suspect

The Supreme Court—as well as the Obama administration—upholds the right of the world’s biggest jailer to strip everyone who comes into its grasp.

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.

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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

Recipients of AIDS/HIV funding from the United States may soon be free of the harmful anti-prostitution requirement. 

June 12, 2013

The drama about the leaks shouldn't overwhelm the drama in the leaks themselves

June 6, 2013