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Willful Blindness Is No Defense

Brad Reid | Posted 12.06.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

Margaret Heffernan's recent book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, explores the many reasons for willful blindness and profiles courageous individuals who saw the facts.

Mike Sacks

When Is A Teacher Also A Minister? | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dipped its toes in holy waters Wednesday morning, but only a minority of the justices appeared ready to fully immerse ...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Mulls Death Row Inmate's Mailroom Mix-up | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Antonin Scalia became Alabama's best friend on Tuesday morning. During oral argument in the case of death row inmate Cory Maples...

Mike Sacks

Justices Give Leading Lawyer A Hard Time | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

Kicking off its new term Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that tests a state's power to defy federal law. Usually ...

Mike Sacks

Medicaid, Death Row And Religion Cases Slated For Supreme Court's First Week Back | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

With the bang of a gavel at 10 sharp this morning, the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court will return to the bench to begin oral argumen...

Mike Sacks

SLIDESHOW: Health Care Law's Long, Strange Judicial Trip | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration this week urged the Supreme Court to decide once and for all the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul. With the...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Eight New Cases | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear eight cases out of the hundreds of petitions received during its summer recess. The cases, which will lik...

Mike Sacks

Justice John Paul Stevens Talks Death Penalty, Citizens United, New Memoir | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens sat in his chambers Monday afternoon as his former colleagues -- and his successor, Justice Elen...

Obama Administration Will Not Seek Appeal Of Atlanta Ruling Against Health Care Law

AP | By PETE YOST | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

By PETE YOST, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for furthe...

Arin Greenwood

GWU Law Professor Preparing To Sue Catholic University Over Same-Sex Dorms | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.26.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- John Banzhaf -- a local lawyer, George Washington University law professor and overall gadfly -- was a little surprised when over the we...

Anger at My Nation

Mychal Denzel Smith | Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices
Mychal Denzel Smith

In the wake of the death of Troy Davis, I find myself remembering and struggling with one of his more famous quotes: "I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."

Your Friday Random-Ass Roundup

J.D. Bell | Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

If you like reading and the Internet and weekends, then wow, do we have a treat in store for you. Every Friday afternoon we'll regularly post a roundup of interesting news items for your weekend reading material. Here's the first.

Cowardice Killed Troy Davis

Norm Stamper | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

There is one rarely heard argument against the death penalty that deserves a place in the debate: Executions are the coward's way out.

Mike Sacks

What Took The Supreme Court So Long To Answer Troy Davis' Appeal | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's order Wednesday night denying Troy Anthony Davis' stay of execution states, in its entirety, "The application for st...

Carter: Troy Davis Execution Exposes Flaws In Death Penalty

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter says the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis in Georgia shows that the nation's death penalty system is ...

Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Texas Inmate

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A former Army recruiter who for the third time this year was hours away from his schedule...

The Framers' Constitution

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The conservative constitutional narrative is deeply unprincipled and patently wrong, both in its defense of conservative judicial ideology and in its attack on what conservatives deride as a result-oriented "liberal" jurisprudence.

Supreme Court To Take Up Question Of Eyewitness Evidence For First Time In 34 Years

New York Times | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics

In November, the Supreme Court will return to the question of what the Constitution has to say about the use of eyewitness evidence. The last time the...

Silver Linings in the Health Care Ruling

Ron Pollack | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Ron Pollack

For those of us who have followed in the footsteps of earlier generations and fought for progress for years, Friday's decision on the Affordable Care Act by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals feels familiar.

Suthers: Health Care Strike Down A Clear Victory

Posted 10.12.2011 | Denver

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmation to strike down the health insurance mandate today drew praise from Attorney General Jon Suthers. Co...

Navajo Nation Settles Allegations Against Coal Company

AP | By FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has settled its allegations that a coal mining company conspired with others to cheat the tribe out of hundreds ...

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 ...