US Appeals Court Rules That Defense Of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional
May 31 2012 11:17 AM EDT
Only the Supreme Court can finally decide this unique case, wrote First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boudin.
Illinois' Same-Sex Couples Sue For Right To Marry
May 30 2012 11:24 AM EDT
The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBT group Lambda Legal will file lawsuits to challenge Illinois' same-sex marriage ban.
Supreme Court Dodges Cases Testing Boundaries Of Taser Use
May 29 2012 5:27 PM EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court let an appeals court ruling stand that said police used excessive force when tasering two women, though the officers had immunity from lawsuits.
Appeals Court Reignites Religious Row Over Ten Commandments In North Dakota
May 29 2012 1:50 PM EDT
An atheist and agnostic group in North Dakota won the right to sue over a decades-old Ten Commandments display in Fargo.
Women Soldiers Sue To Scrap U.S. Military Combat Ban
May 24 2012 3:29 PM EDT
Two U.S. Army reservists say the ban on women serving in combat roles violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Maryland Set To Become First State To Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Law At Ballot Box
May 24 2012 3:08 PM EDT
Maryland voters are set to affirm the state's same-sex marriage law, due in part to a surge of support among black voters, according to Public Policy Polling.
Colin Powell Dings Romney On Foreign Policy Chops [VIDEO]
May 23 2012 4:02 PM EDT
The former Secretary of State and four-star general seemed taken aback by a remark from Mitt Romney about Russia being the top geopolitical threat to the U.S.
AG Holder Defends Embattled Voting Rights Act
May 23 2012 2:57 PM EDT
As the 1965 Voting Rights Act comes under fire from Republican lawmakers and conservative justices on the Supreme Court, Holder explains why it's still needed to fight inequality at the polls.
Supreme Court To Decide Whether U.S. Foreign Surveillance Challenge Can Proceed
May 21 2012 3:46 PM EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on whether attorneys, journalists and human rights groups have standing to challenge the government's expanded power to spy on international communications.
State AGs Urge Supreme Court To Back Montana's Corporate Money Ban [READ BRIEF]
May 21 2012 1:20 PM EDT
Led by New York's Eric Schneiderman, a group of 23 Democratic and Republican attorneys general asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to uphold Montana's ban on direct corporate spending in local campaigns.
NYPD Stop-And-Frisk Policy Altered Amid Class Action Suit
May 18 2012 4:30 PM EDT
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly made some changes to the controversial stop-and-frisk policy that disproportionally affects young black and Latino men.
US Sen. John McCain Trashes Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling [READ BRIEF]
May 18 2012 2:02 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain, the Republican author of a bipartisan campaign-finance law at the heart of the Citizens United case, filed a brief with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse urging U.S. Supreme Court justices to uphold a Montana anti-corruption law that bans independent corporate political spending.
Illegal File Sharing Case Poses $675,000 Question For Supreme Court
May 17 2012 3:52 PM EDT
Inside Joel Tenenbaum's legal crusade against the recording industry and a $675,000 penalty for file sharing.
U.S. Lawmakers' Offices Burglarized In House Break-Ins
May 17 2012 11:47 AM EDT
A rash of late-night break-ins at offices in the House of Representatives has one member suggesting an inside job.
JPMorgan Slapped With Shareholder Suits Over $2B Trading Loss
May 16 2012 5:25 PM EDT
JPMorgan's $2 billion trading loss makes the financial giant an easy target for shareholder lawsuits.
Skechers Shape-ups Ads Push Sketchy Claims: FTC
May 16 2012 1:31 PM EDT
The Federal Trade Commission Wednesday announced a $40 million settlement with Skechers over claims made in advertisements for their Shape-up leg toning shoes.
Debt Ceiling Battle II? Boehner Again Links US Debt Ceiling Hike To Spending Cuts
May 15 2012 2:37 PM EDT
The U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will again call for spending cuts to match any increase in the debt limit that will allow the U.S. to pay its bills.
Voters Slightly Back Romney, But Half Approve Of How Obama Handles Job
May 15 2012 1:15 PM EDT
A New York Times/CBS News poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama, 46-43 percent.
After $2B JPMorgan Loss, Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren Calls For 'New Glass-Steagall Act' [FULL TEXT]
May 14 2012 3:37 PM EDT
The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 was a Depression-era law that separated investment and commercial banks. It was repealed in 1999 during the Clinton administration.
Death Penalty Causes State-Fed Clash Over Accused Murderer In Rhode Island
May 11 2012 5:05 PM EDT
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he will petition to Supreme Court to keep in state custody an accused murderer facing federal charges, to avoid the death penalty, which the governor opposes.