In a 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court says severe overcrowding in the prisons violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. A minority opinion offers a sharp dissent.
Trial of Casey Anthony, charged with murdering her daughter in 2008, is set to begin Tuesday in Florida. The state will try to prove that a foul odor in Anthony's car came from the toddler’s body.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been remanded to home confinement as he awaits trial on attempted rape charges. Here are five other headline-catching cases of house arrest.
The FBI wants DNA from Ted Kaczynski for a 30-year-old unsolved case. The 'Unabomber' argues that his belongings, currently on sale, could exonerate him in the Tylenol case.
Strauss-Kahn must also be monitored, hand in his passports, and post another $5 million bond. Prosecutors, who opposed the deal, said a grand jury indicted him on seven counts.
The Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 on a Kentucky case in which police broke into an apartment after smelling marijuana and hearing sounds suggesting evidence was being destroyed.
Michael Newdow, whose previous First Amendment challenge sought to strike 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance, tried to block the use of 'So help me God' in the inauguration ceremony.
US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of five foreigners seeking to pursue a lawsuit alleging CIA-directed torture abroad. With that, appeals court ruling stands, disallowing the suit to protect 'state secrets.'
Attorneys challenging Obama's health-care reform law said that Congress cannot 'force us to buy a private product and say it is for our own good,' whether health insurance or broccoli.
Two cases challenging the constitutionality of the health-care reform law arrive Tuesday for oral argument at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
Arizona officials say they will bypass another appeal in the Ninth US Circuit in order to speed up the process. They are asking that a federal judge's injunction against the immigration law be overturned.
Five teens have been sentenced to probation and community service in the case of Phoebe Prince. But bullying-prevention advocates hope that the work of ‘restorative justice’ has just begun.
Many Bush administration officials say yes. Obama officials say there was a 'mosaic of sources' that led to Osama bin Laden – no single confession. Documents offer some insight into who said what – and how they were treated.
US legal analysts say the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in Pakistan were acting within the full authority of both international and American law.
A US couple wants their son's birthplace to be listed as 'Jerusalem, Israel' – and a law of Congress grants that right. But 60 years of US diplomatic protocol call for less specificity about the city. Supreme Court will take up the case.
The White House hails the ruling by a divided appeals court to permit federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. At issue still is whether Obama's policy violates a 1996 congressional ban.
The Supreme Court's 5-to-4 decision is a victory for business groups that favor tough enforcement of arbitration agreements. Critics say it puts the rights of corporations over individuals.
Drug companies tell the Supreme Court that by barring access to doctors' drug prescribing records, Vermont is discriminating against the firms' protected commercial speech.
Pharmaceutical companies are challenging a Vermont law that bans them from accessing prescription-drug records unless they have the doctor's permission.
Virginia’s attorney general had asked the Supreme Court to bypass the usual appeals process by allowing his state's challenge to the Obama health-care reform law to proceed directly to the high court.