After a local jury found a store owner not guilty of selling drug paraphenalia, the county attorney's office filed a civil forfeiture action with the federal district court. Judge Michael N. Deegan ignored the jury's ruling and found the merc
The United States could detain more foreigners as enemy combatants under legislation Congress will debate this week after a last-minute change in the bill.
5 years after the anthrax attacks that killed 5 people, the FBI is now convinced that the lethal powder sent to the Senate was far less sophisticated than originally believed, widening the pool of possible suspects in a frustratingly slow investigati
The amendment would allow the creation of a citizen's oversight committee or special grand jury which would hear complaints of alleged judicial misconduct against judges. If a judge if found guilty 3 times of having engaged in judical misconduct
Federal prosecutors dropped a charge that an alleged fundraiser for the Palestinian militant group Hamas gave material support to terrorists - a move that stunned defense attorneys. Prosecutors gave no explanation in court and declined to comment
An academic has claimed to RAW STORY that a decline in reported rape of 85% in the past 25 years can be tied to an increase in pornography consumption. In a study for Northwestern University's Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series
In a significant but little-discussed move, the Bush administration is asking Congress to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction to hear cases brought by Guantánamo detainees challenging the legality of their confinement.
The judge in the CIA leak case ruled Thursday that if Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald feels that admitting certain classified document at the upcoming trial of I Lewis "Scooter" Libby can jeopardize national security, Fitzgerald can then
I have my quarrels with that ruling, obviously. But in the short run, it means that Cory will at the very least get a new sentencing trial. And until and if that happens, he will no longer be on death row -- and for the moment is no longer condemned
The husband and wife owners of a nursing home near New Orleans were indicted on charges of negligent homicide and cruelty in the deaths of 35 patients who perished in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. [Government's culpability?]
Bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, arrested last week as a fugitive from Mexican authorities, is turning his legal predicament into a special edition of his hit cable TV show on the A&E channel this week.
When alleged Al Qaeda sympathizer Jose Padilla landed in Chicago in May 2002, he was met by federal agents armed with a warrant authorizing them to take him into custody. To obtain their warrant, the agents told a federal judge that two weeks earl
Texas' highest criminal appeals court said it would consider reinstating a dropped conspiracy charge against former House majority leader Tom DeLay, further delaying his trial on felony money laundering and conspiracy counts.
Senate Republicans struggled for an agreement on legislation to set up trials for foreign terrorism suspects as the White House lobbied for its plan that critics said could allow abusive interrogations and deprive suspects of basic rights.
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer may file criminal charges within a week in an investigation into the tactics employed by Hewlett-Packard Co. to probe boardroom leaks. Have enough evidence to file charges against people in HP and outside cont
The entertainment company that produces the "Girls Gone Wild" films and its founder pleaded guilty to charges they failed to document the ages of female performers in sexually oriented productions.
Government attorneys said Monday that US courts have no authority to stop the military from transferring an American citizen to an Iraqi court to face charges he supported terrorists and insurgents. The case is the latest legal challenge
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IO) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) are holding up the nomination of Peter D. Keisler to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Bush administration’s top priority on judicial nominees. They want the seat eliminated.
Three animal rights activists convicted under a U.S. anti-terrorism law were sentenced to up to 6 years in prison for a web site against a British company that tests chemicals on animals. Defendants were exercising their free-speech rights, an
The government said Friday it was fining the American Red Cross a record $4.2 million for violatin blood-safety laws. The violations include failing to reject donors who had traveled to malarial areas and allowing blood and related products
The Pentagon's top uniformed lawyers took issue yesterday with a key part of a White House plan to prosecute suspected terrorism detainees, telling Congress that limiting the suspects' access to evidence could violate treaty obligations.
The U.S. military's top legal officers criticized a White House plan for military tribunals to try foreign terrorism suspects because it would allow convictions based on evidence never seen by the defendants.
President Bush's long-awaited plan for military commissions to try foreign terrorist suspects was criticized by fellow Republicans who said the proposal, which omits many of the usual safeguards of a military trial, doesn't go far enough to p
The Pentagon’s top uniformed lawyers took issue with a key part of a White House plan to prosecute terrorism detainees, telling Congress that limiting the suspects’ access to evidence could violate treaty obligations. [Bill of Rights?]
A civil rights lawyer convicted of helping a notorious terrorist client is frightened at the prospect of spending the rest of her life behind bars, one of her attorneys said. "She's scared," Jill Shellow-Levine said of Lynne Stewart,
A federal judge threw out conspiracy and money laundering charges against 3 Texas men who originally were accused of planning terrorism, saying there wasn't enough evidence to bring them to trial. [too many cell phones]
Your personal liberty and fundamental civil rights are at stake. John Ashcroft, George Bush and Tony Blair have come up with a scheme to cancel all Constitutional guarantees to due process, and to enable the Bush Administration to seize you and send
A chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg has said George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes along with Saddam Hussein. Benjamin Ferencz, who secured convictions for 22 Nazi officers for their work in orchestrating
John Mark Karr, the schoolteacher who made worldwide headlines by confessing to one of America's most notorious unsolved crimes, the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, was abruptly dropped as a suspect after the case against him collapsed.
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, "USA v. $124,700 in US Currency," the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit