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Senators of both parties complain that Supreme Court hearings today yield little useful information, with nominees wary of saying anything that might look like prejudging a case. But experts cite past examples that could foster greater insight – and greater civility.
When is it acceptable for one citizen to take the life of another? That question has erupted anew as Floridians grapple with what constraints, if any, should be placed on the use of force in self-defense.
The question of how much power a president should have has roiled American politics in recent years. The nominee for the Supreme Court comes to the issue from a unique vantage point.
As the date of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's first Supreme Court confimation hearing approaches, civil rights organizations have been sifting through his 300-plus federal court opinions and other documents – and they say his record on racial justice raises red flags.
The recent conviction of former Texas police officer Roy Oliver for the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was an extreme rarity. Fewer than 90 officers have been convicted in on-duty shooting cases for murder or manslaughter since 2005.
Pretrial detention policies will now be set by each county's superior court based on suspects likelihood of returning to court and the danger they pose to the public. Most suspects accused of nonviolent felonies will be released within 12 hours of booking.
A US district judge placed a temporary restraining order on a Texas company which will prevent it from posting online blueprints for an untraceable 3-D printed plastic gun, citing the potential harm the weapons could cause the state.
Paul Manafort was the first person to stand trial of 32 individuals charged by the special counsel’s office in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Fatal shootings of people diagnosed with mental illness have spurred advocates of de-escalation training to call for a slower, smarter approach to policing that could save lives.
From Atlanta to Los Angeles, brass are shuffling schedules, burning overtime, and watching response times rise as the numbers of qualified recruits have slowed to a trickle. More than 80 percent of US police departments are operating below budgeted “authorized force.” First in a three-part series.
Drones already have varied uses from mail delivery to storm tracking. Now, US state and local police are using the unmanned aerial vehicles' bird's eye photos to reconstruct car crashes more efficiently, accurately, and safely.
The advent of 3-D-printable plastic guns raises far more than safety questions. It's unleashed a powerful debate over the free flow of information.
Former President Barack Obama nearly doubled the size of Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument during his final week in office. In an unusual turn events, the Trump administration is defending that expansion in court.
Delays in reunifying separated migrant families underscore the hardened stance that their advocates now face. Immigration courts are becoming more adversarial as a result.
Scott Dozier’s case could push states that have retained the death penalty but have virtually stopped carrying it out to make a choice: Abolish it or find an acceptable method of execution.
After being widely criticized for his Helsinki summit performance, President Trump is organizing a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin who last visited the White House in 2005.
Despite little evidence of his views on LGBT matters, some gay-rights supporters worry Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's conservative voting history means he will vote against expansions of LGBT rights as a justice.
On Monday, US District Judge Dana Sabraw halted deportations of immigrant families for at least a week. The ACLU had requested families have at least one week after reunification to pursue asylum, an issue the judge held off on deciding until next week.
Half of all US states have adopted new policies to prevent eyewitnesses from being swayed by police or other influences. Eyewitness misidentifications were a factor in 71 percent of the more than 350 wrongful convictions overturned by post-conviction DNA, according to The Innocence Project.
On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
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