Millions of Americans are defendants or plaintiffs. Millions more rely on the justice system to manage probation, fund public defenders, and keep their towns secure. Spending cuts will hurt them all.
Issuing a "call to arms," the Rick Perry-appointee decries his state's failure to provide adequate legal services for millions of Texas' poor.
"It's been a while since I fracked a well," says the popular nominee for secretary of the interior, offering a phrase destined to become her epitaph.
That's the message the Supreme Court is sending as we approach the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, a famous defendants' rights case.
Her predecessor presided over roundups and the sale of horses for slaughter. Without equine or ranching experience, what will this former executive do to right the wrongs?
Is voting really a "racial entitlement"? Is racial discrimination in voting a "disease?" Ladies and gentlemen, here are your justices.
No, the world won't end without Section 5 of the federal law. For minority voters still subject to discrimination in voting, it will just look an awful lot like it did decades ago.
Justice Sotomayor blasts a federal prosecutor for racially charged comments during a trial. But for the one person most affected by his slurs -- the defendant -- there's no relief in sight.
One of the most popular and successful federal laws in America survived decades of partisan congresses and administrations. Next week, the justices may finally dismantle it.
30 minutes before the moment of his lethal injection, two courts stay the execution of a mentally retarded prisoner so that they can evaluate his case.
In a case between a small farmer and Big Agra, the justices on Tuesday will contemplate the nature of nature--and who owns the seeds of patented plants.
A stunning turn in an old case puts renewed pressure on the justices in Washington -- and state officials -- to stop Warren Lee Hill from being put to death.
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have an opportunity to reinforce their historic ruling banning capital punishment for criminals with low IQs. They should take it.
Prisoner abuses, DNA testing, and changes to marijuana rules—a review of what tonight's State of the Union speech should call for, but probably won't
Jay Bybee -- who signed off on waterboarding as a Justice Department lawyer -- ruled last week that the government should be immune from liability for prisoner abuse.
In order to pass new marijuana laws, pro-legalization forces have embraced the same states-rights arguments that pro-gun organizations use.
The Obama Administration finally offers up its legal justifications for drone strikes, describing a shaky policy already under constitutional challenge in federal court.,
Briefs filed with the Supreme Court tell stories of disenfranchisement, from American Indians to African Americans -- and make the states' rights case against voter protections.
Meet Raul Grijalva, a rumored potential nominee for Secretary of the Interior -- and dedicated friend of the nation's untamed herds.
Anticipating new federal rules, lawmakers in 16 states are finding ways to block their implementation.