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Justice Kennedy asked Trump to put Kavanaugh on Supreme Court list, book says

In this July 19, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh glances at reporters during a meeting with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh has a long record of judicial and executive branch service. It’s part of what recommends him as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. And it’s also part of the problem in getting him confirmed by the Senate. Democrats want to see the conservative appellate court judge’s lengthy paper trail before they even start casting their votes. The paper chase is turning the vetting process into a political strategy ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

It was a historic moment in April 2017 when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy presided over the ceremonial Rose Garden swearing-in for the court’s new member, Neil Gorsuch: the first time a sitting justice was joined on the nation’s highest ...

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Draft DOJ IG report finds FBI lawyer altered document

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WASHINGTON – The Justice Department inspector general has found evidence that an FBI employee may have altered a document connected to court-approved surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, but has concluded that the conduct did not affect the overall ...

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Tennessee refuses to allow DNA test that could exonerate a man 13 years after his execution

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In the weeks before Sedley Alley’s 2006 execution, attorneys argued that a DNA test could prove he did not kill a young female Marine and could even identify the true murderer. Tennessee prosecutors, calling it an 11th-hour delay tactic, said ...

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Professor and expert on money laundering is himself charged with laundering money

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Bruce Bagley knows a lot about money laundering. Too much, federal prosecutors say. For decades, the University of Miami professor has been the go-to source for journalists looking to understand the shadowy worlds of drug trafficking, organized crime and government ...

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Police can keep Ring camera video forever, and share with whomever they’d like, company tells senator

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Police officers who download videos from homeowners’ Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever they’d like without providing evidence of a crime, the Amazon-owned firm told a lawmaker earlier this month. More than 600 police ...

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Algorithms were supposed to make Virginia judges fairer. What actually happened was far more complicated.

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We tend to assume the near-term future of automation will be built on man-machine partnerships. Our robot sidekicks will compensate for the squishy inefficiencies of the human brain, while human judgment will sand down their cold, mechanical edges. But what ...

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