An Army officer cannot try to justify his refusal to report for duty in Iraq by questioning the legality of the war because that is a political issue, a military judge has ruled. [No defense sure makes the gov't. less embarrased.]
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says federal judges are unqualified to make rulings affecting national security policy, ramping up his criticism of how they handle terrorism cases.
A little-known, year-old amendment to the USA Patriot Act is allowing the Bush Administration to replace outgoing U.S. Attorneys with controversial appointments in a process that circumvents the usual approval process in the Senate, and three Democra
In one of the most severe blows the Bush adminstration has dealt to our constitutional democracy, the Pentagon attacked the lawyers who have volunteered to represent the Guantanamo detainees. Deputy Assistant Sec. of Defense Charles Stimson
Two former NETELLER executives were detained while traveling separeately through the US yesterday (Jan. 15) in "connection with the creation and operation of an Internet payment services company that facilitated the transfer
He was an R&B singer who had scored a nationwide hit with "My Girl." He performed around the country, drove luxury sedans and owned a palatial home in Calabasas. Then, suddenly, Waymond Anderson was an accused murderer. Police in bulletproo
A Massachusetts State Police crime lab administrator has been suspended for failing to turn over DNA matches to a number of unsolved cases until after the statute of limitations had expired, the department said.
"It was 6 a.m. It was still dark…there was this pounding at the door," Jeannie Bandy said. "I was petrified." Police officers stormed into the house with guns pointed. "The first thing I thought was, someone's trying t
The Bush administration has set up a secret war room in a Virginia suburb where it is assembling evidence to prosecute high-ranking detainees from Al Qaeda including the man accused of being the mastermind of the September 2001 attacks, Khalid Shaikh
"There has been a massive reduction in the amount of attention being paid to crime," said Gene Voegtlin, spokesman for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Another indication of how totailitarian the US has become. I have been monitoring via email updates the ongoing American Historical Association conference now being held in Atlanta. I would love to attend one of the AHA conferences
"What should we say about a Chief Justice who suggests that it is a 'constitutional crisis' if Congress takes advantage of its constitutional prerogatives to refuse to raise the salaries of federal judges? US Supreme Court, frankly have
After Rehnquist checked himself into George Washington Univ. Hospital, he exhibited a common symptom of Placidyl-withdrawal and became delirious. Believing that the CIA was plotting against him, he fled the hospital in his pajamas.
The late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist took a powerful sedative during his first decade on the Supreme Court and grew so dependent on it that he became delusional and tried to escape from a hospital in his pajamas when he stopped taking the drug
Ali al-Marri, whom the government calls a sleeper agent for Al Qaeda and who is the only person on the American mainland still held as an enemy combatant, spends his days in a small cell in solitary confinement at the Navy brig in Charleston, S.C. Wh
The U.S. military expects to file revised charges against a group of Guantanamo prisoners by February and present the first evidence against them at trials in the summer, the tribunals chief prosecutor said.
Attorneys for 2 of the 7 police officers charged in a deadly bridge shooting in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath asked a judge to throw out charges against their clients, saying testimony they were forced to give a grand jury is being used against t
Duke University has invited two of the lacrosse players accused of sexual assault to return to school as students in good standing, a defense attorney said.
After hundreds of pages of testimony, several hundred pages in briefs, two-plus days of hearings, expert witnesses, and the defense team's discovery of the racist, red-neck informant, Eubanks dismissed the case in all of eight pages. Double space
An appeals court considering whether Guantanamo Bay detainees have constitutional rights said yesterday that it will not accept arguments by seven retired federal judges who oppose a new U.S. anti-terrorism law.
Nine months after the Duke lacrosse scandal broke, the prosecutor is now the accused. The North Carolina bar filed ethics charges against District Attorney Mike Nifong, accusing him of saying misleading and inflammatory things to the media about the
The FBI is missing nearly a quarter of its files relating to investigations of recent leaks of classified information, according to a court filing the bureau made last week.
10 days after jets destroyed the World Trade Center and struck the Pentagon, Osama Awadallah was detained by FBI agents. The agents promised he would be back in time for noon prayers. He didn't get home until that December.
A year after Virginia's crime lab launched an unprecedented review of old cases that experts said could free dozens of wrongly convicted people, the project appears to be years from completion, and some are questioning the credentials of the priv
Brian W. Meehan, director of a private laboratory that performed extensive DNA testing on rape kit swabs and underwear collected from a stripper only hours after she said that she had been gang-raped by 3 Duke lacrosse players after performing at a t
The district attorney dropped rape charges against the 3 Duke University lacrosse players after the stripper who accused them changed her story again. But the men still face kidnapping and sex charges that could bring nearly 60 years in prison.
Jose Padilla's lawyers say the accused al-Qaida operative has mental problems stemming from his treatment during 3 1/2 years in solitary confinement and have asked a federal judge to decide whether he is competent to stand trial.
A federal judge in Miami will soon make one of the most important rulings in the Bush administration's war on terrorism and decide whether to publicly explore evidence that an accused terrorist was brutally mistreated for years inside a one-man i
THERE'S A RANCID odor escaping from the cracks in the Jose Padilla case. Padilla is the American citizen arrested in Chicago and declared by President Bush to be an "enemy combatant." He was then kept for nearly two years in a South Car
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