Former Attorney General John Ashcroft is entitled to qualified immunity and cannot be sued by an American Muslim detained under harsh conditions in 2003, the US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block the US from carrying out the targeted killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who is reportedly on a 'kill list' of terrorism suspects.
The Supreme Court is in the midst of a significant transformation after eleven years with the same lineup of justices. Since 2005, four new members have joined the court, two on the conservative side and two on the liberal side.
Appeals court judges sound apologetic tone in ruling; plaintiffs say they were tortured overseas in 'extraordinary rendition' program.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in three cases involving fraud under the federal honest services law. Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, newspaper magnate Conrad Black, and former Alaska state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch are all likely to benefit.
Humanitarian and peace organizations say their direct interaction with violent or terrorist groups is vital to intervention efforts. The Supreme Court decision Monday means they do it at their peril.
The case was considered one of the most important of the current term because it suggested the justices were headed into a showdown with the Supreme Court of Oregon.
The decision in the Al-Marri case means the president still has the power to hold 'enemy combatants' indefinitely without charge.
Key decisions of this term show a willingness of some justices to reject political leaders' judgments.