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Inmate May Pursue Smoking Claim

A federal appeals court is allowing a prisoner to pursue a claim that he was exposed to excessive tobacco smoke that caused so much discomfort it violated the ban on…

Bush Threatens Veto of Hate Crimes Bill

President Bush is threatening to veto a bill that expands hate crimes legislation to protect against crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation.

Radical Claims Right to Make Bomb Speech

A former environmental rights radical is awaiting trial in San Diego for explaining in a speech how to make an incendiary device.

Rod Coronado maintains he had a First Amendment…

Ads Not Enough to Warn of Unclaimed Property

Ads that read “You May Be Owed Money!” and invite readers to check a state-run Web site aren’t enough to protect property owners’ rights to unclaimed assets, a federal appeals…

Prosecutorial Power over DNA Tests Blocked

The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down a law that allowed prosecutors to reject requests for DNA testing by some inmates.

The court said prosecutors, who are part of the…

Congressman Liable for Disclosing Taped Call

D.C. Circuit ruling turns on an ethics committee confidentiality rule; congressman could be out more than $500,000.

Intelligence Chief Backs Wiretap Power

The new director of national intelligence says the president has the constitutional authority to order domestic wiretaps without seeking approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court.

Michael McConnell told the…

A Law Day Irony?

A Washington Post column takes President Bush to task, claiming he violates the spirit of Law Day.

The Post column by Ruth Marcus notes that Bush signed the…

Stevens Issues Sarcastic Dissent in Chase Case

Justice John Paul Stevens was the lone—and sarcastic—dissenter in yesterday’s Supreme Court decision barring liability for a sheriff’s deputy who rammed a fleeing car, causing an accident that paralyzed the…

Supreme Court to Hear Bush-Texas Standoff

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that asks whether President Bush may order a state court to abide by an international court ruling.

The case involves…

Cert Rejected in Second Gitmo Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of a case challenging the legality of military commissions, the second Guantanamo case it turned down this month.

One of the petitioners was…

High Court Watches Video, Rules for Police

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer is not liable for trying to stop a motorist who leads police on a dangerous car chase, even though the…

Newbie Influence in Kennedy Abortion Opinion

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s concern for medical risks to women displayed in oral arguments last year were missing from his majority opinion last week upholding a ban on so-called partial…

Lawsuit: 7-Year-Old Citizen Locked In With Dad

A 7-year-old California boy was rousted from his bed at home by federal immigration authorities and illegally held with his father for 10 hours in a locked room earlier this…

ACLU Challenges Las Vegas Anti-Peddling Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is challenging Las Vegas’ latest ordinances barring panhandling and solicitation at a pedestrian mall, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

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