Opponents of the gay marriage law had sought to take the issue to D.C. voters in a referendum. But the refusal of the Supreme Court to hear the case effectively puts an end to the referendum.
Since 1953, the US has been able to derail lawsuits it says could reveal state secrets. The Supreme Court will look at a case Tuesday that questions whether the privilege is being applied properly.
Conrad Murray, doctor of the late Michael Jackson, will stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter this month, a judge ruled Tuesday. The case could offer insight on legal gray areas.
Early reports suggest that the philosophies of shooting suspect Jared Loughner are tangled and largely incoherent – ranging from nihilism to 'lucid dreaming.' So far, there does not appear to be clear link to talk radio or hyperpartisanship, though that could change.
The Supreme Court refused to take up a case examining Congress's authority under the commerce clause, a key issue in a legal challenge to Obama's health-care law. Two justices dissented.
President Obama signs a bill to fund the Defense Department, though he's upset with one provision that prohibits bringing Guantánamo detainees to the US for trial. He vows to fight the restrictions.
The indictment of former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling says he gave secrets to a reporter after becoming angry about the agency's unwillingness to send him on undercover assignments abroad.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the case of a father who objected to his ex-wife's choice of home schooling for their child. The case deals partly with religious views.
Do gay couples have a constitutional right to marry? A US appeals court withholds judgment, instead asking California's Supreme Court to resolve whether Prop. 8 backers have legal standing to defend the gay marriage ban.
Obama insists that the US terror detention camp at Guantánamo can close. But new obstacles are emerging in a defense bill passed by Congress and his own plan to detain suspects indefinitely.
The blogger, a former Internet radio talk show host, was angry at three federal appeals court judges for upholding a Chicago gun ban. In his blog he wrote the judges 'deserve to be killed.'
Moviemaker Lucasfilm Ltd. settles case alleging it engaged in anticompetitive employment practices to preclude bidding wars for industry's top animators, US antitrust lawyers said Tuesday.
Forty-six executions were carried out in 2010, less than half the all-time high of 98 in 1999, a new report finds. The death penalty was assessed to 114 murderers this year, far short of former levels.
The FBI report showing plunging rates of violent and property crime is really just another indication of tough economic times. In a nutshell, there's a lot less worth stealing.
Reports of violent crime and property crime went down across the US, according to preliminary crime statistics from the Justice Department.
A federal indictment of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father, and others alleges years of corruption involving kickbacks from contractors doing business with the city.
The $7.2 billion from the estate of philanthropist Jeffry Picower represents the largest forfeiture in US history. So far, $9.8 billion has been collected on behalf of Bernard Madoff victims – nearly half the $20 billion that investors lost.
The legal battle over health-care reform is destined for the Supreme Court, analysts say. On Thursday a US district judge in Florida hears arguments in a case brought by 20 states.
Justice Department seeks unlimited payments from BP and other companies to cover cleanup costs, economic losses from this year's huge Gulf oil spill. The civil suit alleges safety lapses by BP and others.
The charges against 18 members of FARC, a group of Colombian militants, stem from what happened after an American-crewed drug-surveillance plane crashed in 2003.