A Baltimore circuit judge's absolution of Caesar Goodson is seen as a major blow to those hoping for criminal justice reform.
The state's Supreme Court rejected a challenge from a group of death row inmates, who argued that the state's practice of not revealing information about execution drugs could lead to cruel and unusual punishment.
A Baltimore judge is set to announce a verdict for the third of six trials for police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. The city is anxious for proof that justice and change are possible.
In the majority opinion of the US Supreme Court, evidence collected during illegal search and seizure is admissible. Critics say the ruling goes too far in expanding the powers of police.
The high court declined to hear an appeal on New York and Connecticut's assault-weapons bans just before Congress is set to debate gun control reforms.
The US criminal justice system tilts against public defenders. But some states are trying to fix the imbalance.