Neurobiologist Amy Bishop, charged with killing three faculty colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, had a squeaky-clean public record despite several brushes with the law. There's more than one reason her record didn't follow her.
A superior court judge ruled Wednesday that a new law, designed to reduce overcrowding at state prisons, was never intended to apply to county jails. More than 1,000 inmates were let go early before the ruling was handed down.
Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich urges a federal judge to let all 500 hours of his wiretapped conversations be heard at his corruption trial. Why that might play to his advantage.
In a letter to Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, Attorney General Eric Holder defended his decision to treat the Christmas Day bomber as a criminal defendant, not an enemy combatant.
Questions and answers about the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance and how it will change America's elections.
A federal jury Thursday convicted a former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawyer for participating in 'pump-and-dump' schemes, where demand for a stock is pumped up by false statements before the shares are dumped for a large profit.
In the federal trial on California's Prop. 8, defenders of the voter ban on gay marriage called their first witnesses Monday. Defense lawyers argue that gays and lesbians in California enjoy plenty of political power and do not need extra constitutional protection.
Noriega, the former Panama dictator who served time in the US for drug trafficking, had argued he should be returned to Panama rather than sent to France for prosecution there. The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear his case even though, one justice said, it could help to clarify the legal rights of Guantanamo terrorism suspects.
Lawyers for two same-sex couples, over nine days of testimony, have examined general attitudes about modern marriage, homosexuality, and whether sexual orientation warrants special legal protection. They seek to overturn Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California. Defenders of the ban are up next.
The Supreme Court campaign finance ruling on Thursday means corporations can spend freely on political ads leading up to elections. The Thursday decision invalidates a part of 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform law that sought to limit corporate influence.
The FBI undercover operation was the largest-ever effort to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The 22 executives ran companies that supplied militaries and law-enforcement agencies.
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court ruled that it will not force Illinois to shut locks that other states say could allow invasive Asian carp into Lake Michigan. Hours later, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that they had found Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan.
The Supreme Court justices ruled Tuesday, 7 to 2, that jury selection is included in a defendant's right to a public trial.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed an appeals court ruling that would have given Mumia Abu-Jamal a chance to avoid the dealth penalty. Some opponents of capital punishment have championed Abu-Jamal's case.
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear the appeal of a Pennsylvania mom who sought to read five verses of Psalms from the Bible as part of her son's 'All About Me' classroom assignment.
The US Supreme Court has decided to hear a case about releasing to the public the names of people who signed a petition. The petition in question called for repealing Washington State's law granting partnership rights to gay couples.
A Washington, D.C., judge ruled Thursday that the District can ban any referendums on gay marriage under the terms of the District's Human Rights Act. The decision, which will be appealed, is a victory for gay-rights groups.
Lawyers seeking to overturn Prop. 8, California's gay marriage ban, attempted to show Wednesday that the law is unconstitutional because it is the product of animosity toward gays and lesbians.
The Supreme Court said that the trial judge in the Prop. 8 case attempted change the federal rules that restrict broadcasts of trials. The case deals with California’s gay-marriage ban.
The 2006 law permits the US government to hold convicted sex offenders even after they've served their sentences. Hearing arguments Tuesday, the Supreme Court justices sparred over whether Congress has exceeded its authority.