Germany's constitutional court has scrapped a law allowing the military to shoot down passenger planes suspected of being hijacked for terror attacks. The government had no right to kill those on the plane to try to save the lives of others.
People who believe the Constitution would break if it didn't change with society are "idiots," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says. "Scalia does have a philosophy, it's called originalism," he said. "That
Federal investigators have accused a Pennsylvania man of trying to conspire with al-Qaeda to blow up major U.S. oil and gas pipelines and wreck the economy. Attempted to provide material aid to al-Qaeda to disrupt the federal government, to change it
"The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows," Abramoff wrote in an e-mail to Kim Eisler, national editor for the Washing
U.S. officials who want terror suspect Jose Padilla to wear handcuffs and ankle chains during open court appearances must first show he poses a direct safety threat, a federal judge said. The difference for Padilla between his 3 1/2 years in U.S. mil
Supporters of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby indicted last year on charges that he lied to FBI agents and a grand jury about how he learned CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity have raised a third of the $6 million t
Attorneys for al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui have subpoenaed Congressman Curt Weldon to testify to try and show that the government knew more about the September 11, 2001, attacks than Moussaoui did. [Able Danger]
New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito split with the court's conservative Wednesday night, refusing to let Missouri execute a death-row inmate contesting lethal injection.
A Florida hit man. A high-powered lobbyist. A pair of disgraced Republican congressmen. Brian Cavanaugh, assistant state attorney in Broward County, Fla. is prosecuting 3 men for murder and wants to talk to Abramoff about what role he played in the m
Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona inserted little-noticed language into the Patriot Act that could make it harder for state death-row inmates to appeal their cases in federal court. The provision is one of a handful that neither the House of Repres
U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee (R-RI) announced this morning in Providence that he will vote against the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. In a statement this morning, the Rhode Island senator said he was "greatly con
Prosecutors said Asher confessed to police, but the alleged confession was not taped, and investigators testified they did not save their notes. Asher's lawyer, Stephanie Page, said there was nothing to prove Lord was even dead — no body, no b
The FBI arrested two Federal Emergency Management Agency employees at their New Orleans base camp on Friday and accused them each of taking $10,000 in bribes from a food services contractor, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
32 people ranging in age from 19 to 81 will begin federal trials for peacefully walking onto a military base in protest of a controversial Army training school. Each person faces up to 6 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for this act of nonviolent c
Sen. John Kerry will attempt a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. "Judge Alito's confirmation would be an ideological coup on the Supreme Court," Kerry said in a written statement explainin
The US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a convict who was already strapped to a table with intravenous tubes in his arms when a high court justice stayed his execution.
President Bush nominated one of the Justice Department's lead prosecutors in the Jack Abramoff corruption probe to a U.S. District Court seat.
House Democrats warned President Bush, top leaders of his administration and officials of the NSA that if the political climate changes they could face criminal prosecution for ordering and carrying out warrantless domestic eavesdropping.
The Bush administration asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases. The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down 2 years ago by the
A special prosecutor's long-delayed report charges that a coverup at senior levels of the Clinton administration killed a tax fraud case against ex-cabinet member Henry Cisneros. 11-year, $23 million probe states this coverup succeeded.
The Bush administration overstepped its authority when it barred doctors from helping terminally ill patients die in the only state that allows physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
Ney, the chairman of the powerful Committee on House Administration repeatedly demanded help in raising cash for the National Republican Campaign Committee. G.O.P. chairmen had to meet steep fund-raising quotas or risk losing their plum positions.
Ohio Rep. Robert Ney personally lobbied the then Secretary of State Colin Powell to relax U.S. sanctions on Iran. Who asked him to? A convicted airplane broker who had just taken the congressman and a top aide on an expense-paid trip to London
Rep. Bob Ney (news, bio, voting record), an Ohio Republican implicated in a lobbying corruption investigation, said Sunday he will step aside temporarily as chairman of the House Administration Committee.
Yousry's conviction raises many troubling questions, not least how a court-appointed translator working on instruction from lawyers could be held responsible for navigating complicated and dangerous legal waters.
US military officers ordered to defend accused war criminals at Guantanamo base in Cuba have joined the outcry of activists assailing the court system for human rights violations. “It was horrific to sit there and watch this happen,” said Army Major
The Bush administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a case that challenges President Bush's authority to create military tribunals to try Guantanamo prisoners for war crimes.
Jose Padilla, the US citizen held by the Bush administration for over three years as an illegal "enemy combatant," pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he was part of a secret network that supported violent Muslim extremists around t
A co-defendant of a former Florida professor in a recent terrorism trial has asked federal prosecutors to disclose if he was wiretapped without a warrant, a court clerk said
At first the prosecutor, Karen Corrie, said there was no videotape. When Mr. Siegel pressed, Ms. Corrie corrected herself, saying she had misread her notes. But, she said, her office was having trouble "accessing" the videotape.