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Ind. judge says his decision in abuse case had ‘most tragic result possible’

Judge Michael Hensley had a tough decision to make. On one hand, he could approve a warrant request forcing authorities to arrest Anthony Russell, a 51-year-old Madison, Ind., elementary-school teacher with a history of violently attacking his wife. On the ...

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Despite push for openness, report shows secret laws still abound

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has kept classified at least 74 opinions, memos and letters on national security issues, including interrogation, detention and surveillance, according to a report released Tuesday by the Brennan Center for Justice. Also still classified are ...

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Judge jokes about plumbers, and a murder conviction is tossed

Some trial judges like to speak casually to their juries, to relax them in a courtroom setting which may be new or intimidating. But after a Los Angeles County judge told a pool of potential jurors that she would think ...

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What happens to Merrick Garland’s nomination in December?

  WASHINGTON — It’s an open question whether Hillary Clinton would choose to renominate Merrick Garland if she’s elected president. But regardless of the election’s outcome, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee will soon be the subject of some interesting procedural ...

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A key part of Obama’s climate legacy gets its day in court

  President Barack Obama’s signature effort to combat global warming will be in the hands of federal judges this week, as an appeals court in Washington weighs the legality of the administration’s plan to force sharp cuts in power plants’ ...

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