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Massachusetts resident Rezwan Ferdaus, charged with bomb attempts against US buildings via model plane, returns to court Friday. He fits the bill for a typical Al Qaeda recruit, terrorism experts say.
How did a fatal level of the anesthetic propofol end up in Michael Jackson's blood? That's a key question as the jury in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray begins deliberations Friday.
About 1,900 inmates are being freed across the US this week following a federal policy change meant to correct discrepancies between sentences for possession of crack and powder cocaine.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether judges need to intervene to prevent testimony from unreliable witnesses at criminal trials. The justices indicated that existing safeguards in the justice system are adequate.
The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday on whether testimony from unreliable witnesses should be barred from criminal trials, or whether the trial process itself makes clear if testimony is reliable.
As in Arizona and Alabama, the Justice Department wants to stop an anti-illegal-immigration law from taking effect – this time in South Carolina. The stable of states challenging federal immigration authority is growing.
Both the prosecution and the defense rested in the involuntary murder trial of Michael Jackson's physician as Dr. Conrad Murray declined to testify. Cross examination would have been brutal, analysts say.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals erred by substituting its own judgment for the jury's in the 'shaken baby' conviction of a California grandmother, the Supreme Court said. The reversal will send Shirley Ree Smith back to prison.
The Supreme Court agrees not to take a case on whether memorial crosses on public land in Utah violate the First Amendment. But one justice says the court has left the topic in legal limbo.
An expert in anesthesiology testified in defense of Michael Jackson's doctor, saying the pop star may have given himself a fatal dose of drugs and that the prosecution's theory does not fit the evidence.
A New York man pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to steal historical documents signed by the likes of Washington, Lincoln, Adams, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Insider trading has been a target of both the Bush and Obama administrations. The case against Rajat Gupta, a former director of both Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble, is part of a major crackdown on insider trading.
Radio frequency modules made in Minnesota turned up in 16 unexploded roadside bombs in Iraq. According to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in Washington, the culprit was an Iran-based ring.
Encampment sweeps and arrests are increasing as mayors from Oakland to Atlanta reach a turning point in their negotiations with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Score one for the prosecution. A former physician for Michael Jackson, called as a defense witness, says he would "never" have administered propofol at a patient's home as sleep medicine.
The ACLU says the FBI is guilty of racial profiling when investigating criminal threats. The FBI says it is taking into account the reality of the post-9/11 world.
An expert witness for the prosecution said Conrad Murray, the doctor attending Michael Jackson, committed several egregious errors the day the pop star died.
Cheng Yi Liang admitted Tuesday in federal court that he carried out a $3.7 million insider-trading scam, using a tracking system for new drug applications.
The Supreme Court will take the case of a man who lied about receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. The question is whether the US can punish him for false statements about his military service.