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As drugs for lethal injections grow scarce, states are reverting to earlier methods of execution, once abandoned for their flaws.
Mar 13, 2015
At the 50th anniversary commemoration of Bloody Sunday in Selma, the president made the case for American exceptionalism
Mar 7, 2015
A major shift in criminal justice is coming, but will it be enough?
Feb 25, 2015
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Feb 11, 2015
With eight successful exonerations so far, North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission could be a national model for fighting wrongful convictions.
Feb 9, 2015
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Jan 29, 2015
Only one week after refusing to stay Charles Warner's execution, the justices will now hear his fellow inmates' appeal on a questionable lethal-injection drug.
Jan 23, 2015
The Justices will hear four cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage, a decision that could bring an end to the question of the freedom to marry.
Jan 16, 2015
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Jan 15, 2015
New York cops started a "virtual work stoppage" to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio. That might be a good thing for New Yorkers.
Dec 31, 2014
The president granted pardons and commutations to 20 on Wednesday, but many more wait.
Dec 18, 2014
The outspoken Supreme Court justice weighs in on the Senate torture report.
Dec 13, 2014
A local newspaper uncovers racist and homophobic writings by a top state legislator.
Nov 21, 2014
With a decision to uphold same-sex-marriage bans, the Sixth Circuit creates a division that only the justices can resolve.
Nov 7, 2014
With the approval of Proposition 47 Tuesday, the Golden State will make major reforms to its sentencing laws.
Nov 5, 2014
The Lone Star State carried out its fewest executions since 1996 this year.
Oct 29, 2014
Scotland said 'no' to independence. But U.K. leaders are now scrambling to build a more perfect Union.
Sep 19, 2014
The Scottish bid for independence could set a new precedent for separatist movements around the world.
Sep 12, 2014
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