Mayor Michael Nutter and City Councilman James Kenney have reached a deal to decriminalize marijuana possession and use in Philadelphia. The bill could set the city on a course for full legalization.
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Lincoln Caplan looks at the conflict between the need for fair courts and the requirement for judges within states to run for elected office like politicians.
While the Supreme Court will operate as usual, for now, during the partial federal government shutdown, the rest of the federal court system will face a cash crunch in less than two weeks.
The New York Times has done a series of pieces about a Brooklyn detective who may had put an innocent man behind bars. But the case is also bringing new attention to the apparent disregard of a Supreme Court decision requiring the disclosure of evidence to the defense in such cases.
The Justice Department issued its long-awaiting guidelines on marijuana prosecutions on Thursday, and it looks like Colorado and Washington state will be allowed to keep its legalized pot laws.