Walter Fernandez objected to a police search of his home. His girlfriend, after his arrest, did not. US Supreme Court rules the search was constitutional. Three dissenting justices say it diminishes Fourth Amendment rights.
Attorney General Eric Holder is applying the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples equal protection and rights in federal courts, prisons, and in special Justice Department benefits programs.
Last year's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act allows tribes to bring cases against non-natives for domestic violence crimes and violations of protection orders. Three tribes will start implementing the law Feb. 20 in a pilot project.
Texas execution: When she was put to death Wednesday for the torture and killing of a mentally handicapped man, Suzanne Basso became the 14th woman to receive the death penalty since its reinstatement 38 years ago. It was the 510th execution in Texas.