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The Ninth Circuit rules that John Ashcroft can be held accountable for the "paradigm of prevention" that led to unlawful detainment of a US citizen.

The conservatives ensconced on the Supreme Court are set to uphold draconian ID requirements on voters that will redefine electoral politics in America.

How did the American criminal justice system go so wrong?

When lawmakers and the media failed to hold the Bush Administration to account, it was left to bureaucrats to defend the integrity of government.

Sports figures are joining the crusade to free a Louisiana man convicted as a teenager of a murder he didn't commit.

Judges' ability to discriminate against expert witnesses has ended up empowering large corporations.

A Palestinian professor caught in the US legal system needs all the support we can muster, as respect for constitutional freedoms sinks ever lower.

It's now up to the Supreme Court or the Democratic Congress to overturn the Military Commissions Act and restore our right to habeas corpus.

Blackwater USA has a new attorney to defend it against a wrongful death
lawsuit by families of four contractors killed in Iraq: Kenneth Starr.

By blindly accepting Bush's expansion of state secrets claims, the
courts are allowing the executive branch to operate above the law,
putting the core principles of our democracy at risk.

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"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