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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.

Blogs

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

If you witnessed war crimes, what would you do?

June 6, 2013

If Pfc. Manning were magically transported into the civilian justice system, he would be just as screwed.

June 5, 2013

It has been three years since US Private Bradley Manning was arrested—and he’s only now getting the chance to defend himself.

June 4, 2013

By the end, several Justices appeared skeptical at best over whether their decision should reach the merits.

March 26, 2013

Republicans know they must turn toward supporting gay marriage—evidence of how much progress LGBT activists have made.

March 19, 2013