With the filibuster removed from their toolkit, Republican lawmakers forced the cancellation of confirmation hearings, even for candidates with home-state GOP support.
A D.C. trial judge says the government's "bulk metadata" program relies on a 34-year-old precedent obviated by current technologies.
Under fire from critics and the federal courts, state officials make a bold move. But how will the new rule be put into practice?
Two generations after the famous film about solitary confinement first appeared, it's still relevant to the deplorable treatment of inmates in America's prisons today.
The Justice Department's Inspector General is out with his year-end review of federal law enforcement efforts. Its language is diplomatic but the message is clear: The feds need to do better, much better, on many fronts.
This year's lesson is that some courtroom battles must be fought over and over again, from one generation to the next.
An investigation by a Milwaukee newspaper reveals shocking behavior by federal law enforcement officials and prompts bipartisan concern among Washington's oversight community.
In the book of the year about the death penalty, author Evan Mandery chronicles the ugly political process at the Supreme Court that spawned the nation's roiling capital punishment laws.
Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, and Lewis Powell—all appointed by Republican presidents—started out as supporters of capital punishment. Their decades-long study of capital cases made them see things differently.
Wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Florida 40 years ago, this remarkable man of faith was exonerated—and then dedicated the remaining decades of his life to the poetic advocacy of racial justice in America.
Eric Holder has spent a great deal of time and energy lately advocating for reforms to mandatory minimum sentences. So why is the federal government trying to stiff Clarvee Gomez in court?
A noted federal appeals courts judge tries to soft-shoe last week's filibuster reform—and ends up sounding like a partisan miffed about the restoration of a fully-populated judiciary.
In 1980, the Texas courts determined that Hartfield deserved a new trial. Instead, he got another 33 years in prison without a valid conviction. Today, state lawyers still say he merits no relief.
A few hours after the state once again turned its back on death row inmate Duane Buck, prosecutors accused his lawyers of unprofessional conduct.
Knowing obstruction was an option, senators have long had pillow fights with nominees. That's almost certainly going to change.
In Alabama, an elected official imposed the death penalty after a jury asked for life in prison. Why did the highest court in the land refuse to hear this case—and address an insidious problem in the justice system?
The 1963 footage reveals as much about early TV journalism as it does about the nation's grief.
Concluding his trial, the former mobster got a public excoriation along with life imprisonment.
A young man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a dubious trial. And then things got worse.
Why isn't the White House doing more to nominate judges of color to sit in states like Georgia, Alabama and Florida, where minorities are severely underrepresented?