A federal judge on Monday appointed an independent monitor to revise the New York Police Department's 'stop and frisk' policy, which the court said amounts to racial profiling. That won't be an easy task.
James 'Whitey' Bulger was convicted of 31 racketeering charges, which he barely contested. He also failed to show that his personal code barred him from killing women or serving as an FBI informant, a tie that battered the FBI's reputation.
A US appeals court said an Albanian woman who feared being forced into prostitution if deported is eligible for asylum. With other courts having ruled differently, the issue could go to the Supreme Court.
Two 18-year-olds face charges of distributing child pornography for allegedly posting online a photo of a sexual assault of Nova Scotia teenager Rehtaeh Parsons. She killed herself in April after what her parents describe as relentless taunting.
In closing arguments, Whitey Bulger's lawyers made little attempt to suggest he wasn't a criminal, instead accusing the prosecution of covering up for the FBI and of using 'despicable' men as witnesses.
The case of John Errol Ferguson, executed Monday in Florida, raised the thorny question of how much mental illness is too much for someone facing execution. But the US Supreme Court declined to intervene.
Almost 19 years after Whitey Bulger was first indicted, the prosecution summed up its case, calling him 'one of the most vicious, violent, and calculating criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston.'
Six sex offenders got no damage awards from former New York Gov. George Pataki and other officials who had confined to mental institutions after they served their sentences. One official is liable for $1 to each, a federal jury decided in a case that tested attitudes toward social outcasts.
Research is sparse on whether there's a link between addiction to pornography and violent sexual behavior, and defense lawyers usually shy away from asserting one. But it does crop up in criminal trials, as it did this week during sentencing for Ariel Castro.
Class-action lawsuit filed Thursday asks a federal judge to declare unconstitutional Virginia's ban on gay marriage. It is the latest such suit to be filed since the US Supreme Court struck down part of DOMA in late June.