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Georgia Delays First Videotaped Execution In Nearly Two Decades

AP | SHANNON McCAFFREY | Posted 09.20.2011 | Crime

JACKSON, Ga. (Associated Press) -- A Georgia man convicted of killing his parents and sister was executed Thursday after the courts allowed what exper...

A Democracy of Voters, Not Dollars

Adam Skaggs | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Adam Skaggs

When handing out political favors is standard operating procedure, it is not surprising that many Americans fear our elected officials are more interested in doing what their campaign donors want than what's in the public's interest.

30 Years Ago: The Nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 09.05.2011 | Women
Meg Waite Clayton

It's hard to imagine Justices Roberts or Alito or Thomas fixing salmon mousse in preparation for being appointed to the Court. Sandra Day O'Connor might not have gained the appointment if she hadn't.

The Most Controversial U.S. Court Verdicts

Posted 09.04.2011 | Crime

Innocent until proven guilty, that's the legal right of any person standing trial in the United States, no matter how sensational the case may be, or ...

WATCH: Aspen Ideas Fest: Does The Supreme Court Follow The People?

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.01.2011 | Denver

The U.S. Supreme Court has had a hefty couple years. From the 'Citizens United' ruling which opened the floodgates of corporate money in politics to ...

Justice Ginsburg Worries About Supreme Court's Politicization

Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed concern over the increasing influence of politics on the Supreme Court in a recent interview with USA Today. ...

Supreme Court Declares "Mission Accomplished" in Class War: Rich Win

Ray Brescia | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Ray Brescia

It's official. It is the end of major combat operations in the Class War, and the wealthy have won, hands down.

Business, Free Speech Cases Top Supreme Court Term

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 08.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative majority made it harder for people to band together to sue the nation's largest businesses in the ...

Pulling the Trigger: U.S. Supreme Court Threatens Campaign Finance Reform in NYC

Morgan Pehme | Posted 08.24.2011 | New York
Morgan Pehme

New York City's campaign finance system, often lauded as the best in the nation, is under attack. The United States Supreme Court may be about to severely curtail the role of public financing in elections.

The "Looking Glass" World of Citizens United

Carl Pope | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

The only way to understand recent Supreme Court rulings on corporations and politics is through the kind of mathematical manipulations that enabled Lewis Carroll to construct Alice in Wonderland.

The Other Decision: The Supreme Court Extinguishes Creative Climate Change Litigation

Ray Brescia | Posted 08.22.2011 | Green
Ray Brescia

All eight justices participating in the decision voted with the majority to reject the suit on the merits: choosing, instead, to defer to the EPA rulemaking process.

The Power Of Futile Speeches

Mark Osler | Posted 08.17.2011 | Impact
Mark Osler

Don't worry about the size of your audience; someone like me might be listening. Minds are more open than you might think, and sometimes even the prosecutor gets it.

Did Arizona Really Win at the Supreme Court?

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Bill Ong Hing

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's "Legal Workers Arizona Act" (LAWA) enabling the state to revoke the business licenses of employers who hire undocumented workers. But is this really a win for the state?

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

Supreme Court: Texas May Proceed With Execution

AP | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has lifted its hold on the execution of a Texas man convicted in the shooting death of a woman in 2002. The court's o...

Supreme Court Makes it Harder to Hold Contractors Accountable for Fraud

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

We urge Congress to reject draft legislation that would silence potential whistleblowers, weaken SEC enforcement actions and allow law-breaking companies to evade accountability.

Is a Free Education a Fundamental Right?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In today's America, when it comes to public education, have we allowed our five-digit zip codes to become the equivalent of a lottery ticket to a better future? Is this really who we wish to be?

Supreme Court Won't Stop Officials From Flooding Missouri Farmland To Save Ill. Town

AP | JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Posted 07.02.2011 | Chicago

WYATT, Mo. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers exploded a large section of a Mississippi River levee Monday in a desperate attempt to protect an ...

We Can Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
Ben Jealous

As an American, I have faith in our justice system. But as President of the NAACP, I have seen how our justice system can fail -- sometimes even when it comes to life and death.

Musicians May Be Owed BILLIONS In Unpaid Royalties

David Kusek | Posted 06.07.2011 | Arts
David Kusek

If you are a recording artist or a manager and have been distributing music on iTunes under a deal with one of the big record labels, pay attention. ...

Supreme Court Pulls Another Brick From Church/State Wall

Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday (April 4) rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit...

Yes, Wal-Mart Is Too Big to Sue

Al Norman | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Al Norman

Some observers will no doubt want to wait a couple of months to see how the Bush-dominated court rules in this case. But based on what I've seen from the justices already, the writing is on the Wal.

Blagojevich's Second Trial Starts on "Spy Wednesday"

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.28.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Cameras aren't allowed in federal courtrooms. Even though the U.S. Constitution does guarantee all defendants in criminal trials the right to a public trial. If only a handful can get in, is it really a public trial?

Protecting the 14th Amendment

Eva Paterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eva Paterson

For almost 150 years, the 14th Amendment has been the backbone of civil rights law in America. Its protection of individual rights for all -- from fre...

The Quiet Death of Free Speech

Mikko Alanne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mikko Alanne

Last week's decision by the United States Supreme Court, affirming the rights of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church to spew hatred at military funer...