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Recent rulings upholding the right of the executive branch to jail and try terror suspects in military tribunals raise questions about whether the judiciary can keep presidential powers in check. Will a realigned Supreme Court give Bush a
blank check to rise above the law?

Four peace advocates were acquitted of federal
conspiracy charges in connection with a 2003 protest of the Iraq War.

The FBI--with apparent White House
approval--continues to seek the authority to bypass the court system in
pursuit of evidence against terror suspects.

Conservative activists want to eliminate unsympathetic
judges--by any means necessary.

The Republican Senate seeks to eliminate the fillibuster.

The Terri Schiavo case goes to the heart of political choices confronting the country.

Back on Friday, June 12, 2002, the Defense Department had a big problem: Its new policy on torture of captives in the "war on terror" was about to be exposed.

On April 28 the subject of torture was discussed in oral arguments
before the Supreme Court.

Blogs

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