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ACLU: Botched Executions Need Scrutiny

A recent execution in Ohio took so long that the convict reportedly needed a bathroom break before he died. That’s just one reason why people need to know more about…

June 21, 1788

U.S. Constitution Is Ratified

2nd Circuit: F-Word Not Really Indecent; FCC: Enforcement Threatened

The F-word isn’t indecent enough to trigger Federal Communications Commission penalties when inadvertently used in television and radio broadcasts, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided today.

Its ruling…

Alito Teaches Constitutional Lesson

The U.S. Constitution can provide some simple lessons about life, Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. told college graduates on Saturday.

Speaking to graduates of St. Mary’s College in…

Exxon Valdez’s Next Stop is High Court

Litigation in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case will come to an end if the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a punitive-damages appeal.

About 22 percent of the…

New Name, Less Chance for ERA

Twenty-five years after the Equal Rights Amendment failed to gain ratification, many doubt a new version of the measure will be successful.

“I do not see the kind of energized…

Panhandler Gets Arrest Tossed

A city court judge in New Rochelle, N.Y., has found the arrest of a panhandler violated his free speech rights.

Eric Hoffstead had May 31, 2007 3:51 PM CDT

Arguments Today in Civil Gideon Case

The Washington Supreme Court will hear an appeal today that contends an indigent divorce litigant who lost custody of her children was entitled to a free attorney.

Brenda Leone King…

Ginsburg Removes the White Gloves

Justices read dissents from the bench in only a handful of cases each year. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done it twice this term, reading forceful dissents in decisions…

Panhandler Challenges Begging Ban

A homeless man in New Rochelle, N.Y., claims his arrest for begging violates the First Amendment.

A federal judge struck down a begging ban in a 1992 ruling that applied…

Court Orders Review of Rollover Award

The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered California courts to re-evaluate a multi-million dollar award in a Ford rollover case.

Benetta Buell-Wilson was paralyzed when she swerved to avoid hitting a…

Today in Legal History: Jamestown Settlement, Constitutional Convention, Israel Reborn

On this day in 1607, the first permanent British settlement in North America was established as men landed by the Virginia Charter Company on Jamestown Island, in what is now…

The Court’s New Swing Vote

A USA Today story about Anthony M. Kennedy’s swing vote on the Supreme Court describes the justice as “a bespectacled 70-year-old Everyman.”

Of 11 rulings this term…

Police Class-Action Ruse Doesn’t Bar DNA

The Washington Supreme Court has affirmed the second-degree murder conviction of a man who provided DNA by licking and mailing an envelope to police posing as plaintiffs lawyers.

In a…

High Court: Irish Teen has Right to UK Abortion

An Irish court has ruled that a pregnant 17-year-old who is in the care of the government has the right to travel to England for a legal abortion, as some…

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