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Washington Post

The stomach flutter starts as a cop strolls up, or a patrol car flashes its lights, or two officers stand atop the escalator at the Jamaica Center in Queens and run their eyes over the subway riders. "I see a cop and I can't help it -- I fee

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AP

[I'm so shocked!] A federal judge upheld the Bush administration's new terrorism law, agreeing that Guantanamo Bay detainees do not have the right to challenge their imprisonment in U.S. courts. [Now it is your turn.]

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NY Times

Under the revisions, federal prosecutors will no longer have blanket authority to ask routinely that a company under investigation waive the confidentiality of its legal communications or risk being indicted. Instead, they will need written approval

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Tom Paine

2 remarkable developments highlight the extent to which the US has become the land of mass incarceration. First, the Supreme Court denied the appeal of Weldon Angelos who got 55 years for a first-time marijuana offense.

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Reuters

Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts.

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Red and Black

The ninja wants an apology — and he’ll go all the way to the White House to get it. Jeremiah Ransom, a junior from Macon, has received no response to a letter he sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives requesting a formal

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AP

A federal judge appeared reluctant to give Donald Rumsfeld immunity from torture allegations, yet it would be unprecedented for the defense secretary to face civil trial. Men were beaten, suspended upside down from the ceiling by chains, urinated on,

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NY Times

The court has taken about 40 percent fewer cases so far this term than last. It now faces noticeable gaps in its calendar. The number of cases the court decided with signed opinions last term, 69, was the lowest since 1953.

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Truth in Justice educates about the vulnerabilities in the US criminal justice system that makes criminal conviction of wholly innocent persons possible. By "wholly innocent," we mean a person who had absolutely no part in the crime charged

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AP

A record 7 million people - or one in every 32 American adults - were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to the Justice Department. Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over

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by Joanne Mariner (FindLaw)

The U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be closed. Its continued existence is unfair to the individuals held there, and of negative benefit to the United States. Why exactly should it be closed? Here are four good reasons.

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Wired

48 lawsuits against the nation's largest telecommunications companies for alleged participation in a warrantless government surveillance program had their first day all together in court Friday, in a courtroom packed with more than 2 dozen lawyer

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Washington Post

Former Attorney General Janet Reno and seven other former Justice Department officials filed court papers arguing that the Bush administration is setting a dangerous precedent by trying a suspected terrorist outside the court system.

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theagitator.com

Thanks to a terrific opinion by Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski. Kozinksi dispensed with the immunity claims of officers who violently invaded a woman's home, subdued her at gunpoint, and terrorized her.

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Reuters

[not hurting anyone] More than two dozen people, including a professional baseball scout and a high-stakes poker player, were charged Wednesday in connection with a billion-dollar-a-year gambling ring that rivaled casino sports books.

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Portland Press Herald(ME)

Thomas Connolly, a one-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is counting on a jury to clear him of charges that he threatened a South Portland(ME) police officer with a toy assault rifle while dressed as Osama bin Laden on Halloween. (Maybe V can

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NBC

Lawyers for Vice President Dick Cheney and his indicted former chief of staff, I Lewis "Scooter" Libby have filed motions in federal court asking a judge to dismiss a civil complaint against them filed by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and

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