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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.

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.

Blogs

With political groups increasingly eager to buy seats on state-level benches, judges are forced to act more like politicians.

October 23, 2014

Today’s ruling was not as devastating as labor advocates feared it would be, but nevertheless lays the groundwork for more sweeping attacks on unions.

June 30, 2014

His judicial assistant is married to a top lawyer for Walker’s gubernatorial campaign.

May 8, 2014

Anti-corruption arrests were staged to help his 2009 election, says author Louis Manzo.

April 30, 2014

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