U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled on Monday that the New York City police department has violated the Constitution in how it implements a stop-and-frisk policy that targets certain groups of citizens.
Attorney General Eric Holder wants to change how some nonviolent drug offenders are sentenced in federal cases; the city of New York has lost a key ruling about its stop-and-frisk policy.
In this commentary, Clark Neily from the Institute For Justice argues that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is off base in his claims that judges who want an active role in protecting individual liberty are authoritarian arbiters of morality.
Congress is gone until September 9, and then the debates should fly as its leaders and President Obama try to avert a government shutdown. Here’s a look a five big items that need to be tackled before real gridlock hits Washington.
Geoffrey Corn, a professor at South Texas College of Law and a former JAG Officer, takes us through the constitutional aspects of Major Nidal Hasan’s murder trial, and how the process of military justice works in a capital punishment case.
President Obama meets the press before his vacation as his administration agrees with Republicans about prayers at public meetings.
A. H. Nishikawa tells his personal story as he looks back at the drive to pass the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which acknowledged the fundamental injustice of the relocation of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.
Contributor Amy E. Feldman looks at a case involving free speech, public school students, and the display of plastic wrist bracelets in class.
Washington is under assault from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and a team of 100 poison ivy eating goats. Also: we look at a bipartisan effort to shorten jail sentences and a big anniversary for the 25th Amendment.
Lyle Denniston, in a new series, writes about individuals and organizations outside the courts who help shape the Constitution through their actions. First up: new publishers Jeff Bezos and John Henry.