The downward trend in executions has several explanations, but experts say it’s probably not because of death penalty debates about innocence and guilt. Rather, they say, it’s the details of how the state goes about ending a condemned life.
The attack on government buildings in Austin, Texas, comes at a tense time in immigration politics, after President Obama took executive action to help an estimated 4 million to 5 million unauthorized immigrants.
A grand jury decided not to indict a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer for killing unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August. The prosecutor involved pointed to inconsistencies in the testimony supporting the claim that Mr. Brown had surrendered.
With protests planned around the country and greater St. Louis on a knife-edge, the question is whether any grand jury verdict in the Darren Wilson-Michael Brown case will spark protests like the ones that enveloped Ferguson, Mo., last summer.
A day after President Obama took unilateral action on immigration, prompting cries of executive overreach, House Republicans filed a long-planned lawsuit against the administration over executive overreach on Obamacare.
Gov. Jay Nixon issued an executive order Monday declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard to help maintain order 'during any period of unrest' that might occur after a grand jury decision in the fatal shooting death of Michael Brown.
Communities around the US, as well as Ferguson, Missouri, are preparing for the grand jury report about the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. New details, including video of Officer Wilson, are being reported.
The three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled unanimously that the current religious accommodation did not impose a substantial burden on the religious groups’ exercise of their faith under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The case is being closely watched because it marks the first time the high court has considered a voting rights case since deciding 5 to 4 in June 2013 to strike down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Monday that possessing small amounts of marijuana would be a ticketable offense, instead of a felony. Some NYPD officers are bristling at the change and hinting at a work slowdown.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he is prepared to call out the National Guard again to quell any violent unrest that might result from the grand jury decision on whether to indict a police officer who shot teenager Michael Brown in August.
New York City, the marijuana arrest capital of the world, is reportedly poised to pull back its longstanding, controversial policy regarding marijuana arrests and make possession of small amounts just a ticketable offense.
Loretta Lynch has the qualifications to be the next Attorney General, plus she comes without the political baggage Eric Holder accumulated butting heads with Republicans in Congress. Still, the White House is unlikely to push for early confirmation.