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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.

If corporate America and right-wing libertarians get their way, thousands of female Wal-Mart employees will never get the substance of their case heard in court.

Drug courts have helped some addicts recover. But they may be delaying expansion of treatment programs that will best reduce harms from addiction.

Could the federal government prevent California from legalizing pot? Many experts just say no.

Blogs

For all the punditry about how the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare would play, 45 percent of Americans don’t know what happened.

July 4, 2012

With the ACA upheld, the door has been opened for evolution toward what eventually will be recognized as nationalized healthcare.

June 29, 2012

There are booby traps in the Court’s Commerce Clause reading, and the traps are baited and ready for tripping in the Medicaid part of the ruling.

June 29, 2012

Is Roberts “gutting the Commerce Clause”—or merely throwing red meat to the right?

June 28, 2012

President Obama may not call the individual mandate a “tax”—but John Roberts does.

June 28, 2012

"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