Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has previously written that presidents should not have to face criminal investigations or civil lawsuits while in office, be exempt from subpoenas, and have the power to fire special counsels.
A book published last year, "The Blood of Emmett Till," may have inspired the FBI to reopen a closed murder case. The brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 is thought to have been the spark that ignited the civil rights movement.
A Gallup survey found that 37 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, while another 42 percent have "some" confidence. Fewer Americans – only 11 percent – have high confidence in Congress.
President Trump's nomination of conservative Brett Kavanaugh has received mixed responses as Judge Kavanaugh is expected to be less progressive than his predecessor former Justice Anthony Kennedy on prominent social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.
Immigration court judges have a bench-side view of the stresses already placed on the system. The Monitor's Texas bureau chief interviewed former and current judges about the effects of the Trump administration's changes.
Offenders under 21 have the highest rates of recidivism and Vermont wants to end that cycle. The state became the first to pass a law, the first stage of which went into effect July 1, that allows some teenagers 18 and older to be persecuted through the juvenile justice system instead of the adult criminal system.
If children are younger than 5, the judge in California said they must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, but it's unclear how border authorities will meet these deadlines issued by the federal judge.