A judge threw out a murder-conspiracy charge against former "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla on grounds that it duplicated other charges still pending against the alleged al Qaeda operative.
More than a dozen people have been arrested in the US on suspicion of trying to provide money and weapons including surface-to-air missiles to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, U.S. officials said. [Only the gov't. can supply weapons.]
Yesterday the Eighth Circuit summarily overturned a lower court ruling that had found no evidence of drug activity, stating, "Possession of a large sum of cash is 'strong evidence' of a connection to drug activity."
US authorities reacted cautiously to the confession of an alleged US child murderer arrested in Thailand, while the suspect's ex-wife reportedly gave him an alibi.
[We will owe the Ramseys an apology for thinking the worst, if true.] A former schoolteacher was arrested in Thailand in the slaying of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey, a sensational murder case that frustrated police for nearly a decade.
Lawyers for Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay asked a judge to erase his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges, citing his death last month before he could appeal a jury verdict. The request seriously complicates the government's attempts to s
Anna Diggs Taylor became the first African-American women named to a Michigan federal court on November 15, 1979
A woman on a trans-Atlantic flight diverted to Boston for security concerns passed several notes to crewmembers, urinated on the cabin floor and made comments the crew believed were references to al-Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an aff
Arizona's Counter-Terrorism Information Center issued an advisory to law enforcement officials statewide saying there is a possible increase in suspicious purchases of prepaid cellphones occurring nationwide.
Charges against two groups of Arab Americans arrested with hundreds of prepaid cell phones teetered in Michigan and collapsed in Ohio as authorities said they lacked evidence that the men intended to use the phones for evil.
The men had just exchanged their prison garb for jeans, T-shirts and slip-on sneakers but were still in handcuffs as they boarded the plane, where they were shackled to bolts in the floor and surrounded by more than 20 armed soldiers. About 14 hours
Prosecutors plan to keep an eye on Madonna's weekend concert in Duesseldorf to see if the pop diva repeats the mock crucifixion scene that has drawn fire from religious leaders. [Some people will do anything to get into a concert.]
Dredged up a painful history of medical mistreatment and incited debate among prison rights advocates and researchers about whether prisoners can truly make uncoerced decisions, given the environment they live in.
[Terrorism charges all in vogue.] The FBI said it had no information to indicate that the three Texas men arrested with about 1,000 cell phones in their van had any direct connection to known terrorist groups.
[Meanwhile doctors are prosecuted for mercy killing those they had to abandon.] In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while thousands fled New Orleans, the city's prisoners were trapped. What really happened to those left behind, and how crucial
Josh Wolf, a 24-year-old freelance journalist, made headlines last week as the first known blogger to be thrown into federal prison for not cooperating with judiciary officials. One of the Internets earliest video bloggers, Wolf refused to testify
Thousands of criminal cases are backed up after Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, destroying evidence, leading many police who were witnesses for potential prosecutions to move away, and damaging jails and offices of the city district attorn
Homemaking entrepreneur Martha Stewart will pay about $195,000 and cannot serve as the director of a public company for five years under a settlement on civil insider trading charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Since the only reason you were charged with a crime was because the police officer lied, you decided to sue the officer for malicious prosecution. Like 99% of Americans, paying for a lawyer almost bankrupted you. Can your case go forward? Unfortunat
Complicating the lawyers' task is the classified nature of much of the evidence and the difficulty they have in meeting with Padilla, who is kept in his maximum-security cell at a federal detention center 23 hours a day.
Labeling idleness a crime may have been a bit strict, but the justice system in medieval England should never be considered backwards. Punishments for offenses in those days were perhaps even more sensible and humane than they are now, say some histo
A federal judge rejected arguments that the retrial of a Jordanian accused of lying about whether he knew one of the September 11 hijackers should be moved because jurors in New York were biased. Lawyers for Osama Awadallah, 26, had argued for a c
A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such ''commissions'' to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not al Qaeda members or the Taliban and are not dire
Suspected al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla's trial was postponed to January from September because his lawyers asked for more time to review secret documents and translate recorded conversations.
For two months, from mid-November 2004 to mid-January 2005, Odd languished in the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, trying to figure out why he was there, and desperately trying to convince somebody - anybody - to set him free.
The military's top uniformed lawyers criticized key provisions of a proposed new US plan for special military courts, affirming that they did not see eye to eye with the senior Bush administration political appointees who developed the plan and p
... claim rogue police officers were involved in the killing. The lawsuit ended in a mistrial last year when it was discovered that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a jailhouse informant linking the killing to 2 former officers.
City marshals blocked a radio personality from feeding homeless people at a City Hall park, and issued summonses to a television news crew covering a publicity protest against a ban on "mobile soup kitchens."
Officials at the federal court in Alexandria posted on the Web nearly all the evidence presented during the sentencing trial of Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, marking the first time a federal court has provided such extensive online
... led Mr. Foti, a normally cautious lawyer, into a firestorm, as many people question his decision to order the arrests of a doctor and 2 nurses, whom he accused of killing 4 hospital patients with drug injections in the desperate days after Hurric