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5h ago

Why the ex-cops charged with killing Tyre Nichols can be charged federally, too

Trying someone twice for the same crime sounds like it could violate double jeopardy. Not when one case is state and another is federal.
People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26 in Memphis, Tenn.
People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26 in Memphis, Tenn.
9h ago

John Eastman’s California bar danger could hurt him at the Supreme Court, too

The lawyer who advised Trump’s 2020 election scheme could lose his California law license. Meanwhile, he’s pushing a fringe election theory at the Supreme Court.
John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 16, 2017, at a House Justice subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet hearing on restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 16, 2017, at a House Justice subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet hearing on restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
1d ago

The Supreme Court should pay attention to Fiona Apple's crusade in Maryland

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter thinks court proceedings should be open and accessible. She’s right.
Fiona Apple performing in 1998.
Fiona Apple performing in 1998.
1d ago

Supreme Court approval rating sees surprising shift among Democrats

Are people paying attention? Either way, those numbers might be going back down.
The Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2022.
The Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2022.
1d ago

The feds used 'geofencing' to find Jan. 6 rioters. A judge just said it's legal.

A federal judge rejected a Jan. 6 defendant’s challenge to a “geofence” location warrant. But the novel issue is an important one to watch.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.
1d ago

Supreme Court poised to chip away at more rights this year

Get ready for some retrograde decisions from the Republican majority. Overruling Roe was only part of their GOP agenda push.
Drawn illustration of a woman looking through binoculars that show the Supreme Court Justices in the lens reflection.
Drawn illustration of a woman looking through binoculars that show the Supreme Court Justices in the lens reflection.
2d ago

Why a DeSantis presidency would likely include an execution spree

The Florida governor’s comments highlight the GOP’s capital punishment obsession. Biden, meanwhile, hasn't followed through on his vow to end the death penalty.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Oct. 29, 2022 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Oct. 29, 2022 in Jacksonville, Fla.
2d ago

50 years after Roe, the GOP’s quest to control women continues

This month would have marked Roe v. Wade’s 50th anniversary. The Republican-controlled Supreme Court had other plans.
Photo Illustration: Images of abortion rights activists in 1989, 1992, 2009, and 2018.
Photo Illustration: Images of abortion rights activists in 1989, 1992, 2009, and 2018.
2d ago

Which prosecutor could be the first to indict Trump in 2023?

Federal and state criminal investigations are progressing against the former president. Here’s what to watch this year.
Illustration: A silhouette of Donald Trump appears in the pupil of a large eye, with a red iris, set against a yellow background.
Illustration: A silhouette of Donald Trump appears in the pupil of a large eye, with a red iris, set against a yellow background.
3d ago

Fani Willis makes eyebrow-raising statement during Georgia Trump probe hearing

Tuesday’s hearing over the potential release of a grand jury report didn’t reveal an answer. But it produced some interesting statements from the DA.
Then-President Donald Trump leaves the East Room of the White House
Then-President Donald Trump leaves the East Room of the White House
3d ago

Georgia's grand jury report could reveal just how much trouble Trump is in

A judge will consider Tuesday whether to release the special grand jury report on Fulton County DA Fani Willis’ probe. The results could be illuminating.
Image: Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2016.
Image: Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2016.