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Sotomayor’s Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Sotomayor’s Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation’s judiciary is falling in the public’s estimation.

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii’s Senate has given the OK to a bill allowing same-sex marriage, which now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign.

Hawaii Set To Take Up Gay Marriage In Special Session Monday

Hawaii Set To Take Up Gay Marriage In Special Session Monday

The next state to legalize same-sex marriage may be Hawaii, where the state’s Legislature will begin a special session on the issue Monday.

Princess Sophia case early test of maritime liability limits

Princess Sophia case early test of maritime liability limits

Lawsuit documents provide best records of those who perished on Vanderbilt Reef in 1918

Alaska’s fast ferries getting new engines installed

Alaska’s fast ferries getting new engines installed

German engine manufacturer will bear the costs of the vessel refits

U.S. Opposes Tech Firms’ Plea To Release Surveillance Requests

U.S. Opposes Tech Firms’ Plea To Release Surveillance Requests

The United States filed a court brief opposing the release of details concerning the surveillance requests they hand big tech companies in the U.S.

Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime

Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime

In the old days, treatment for kids incarcerated in a residential facility or detention center focused on changing their behavior. But these days, researchers are searching for better, long-term solutions.

Okla. Court Says ‘Baby Veronica’ Should Go To Adoptive Parents

Okla. Court Says ‘Baby Veronica’ Should Go To Adoptive Parents

The case is about a Native American girl who was adopted by a couple in South Carolina but who has been living with her biological father for more than a year and a half.

Clicking The ‘Like’ Button Is Protected Speech, Court Rules

Clicking The ‘Like’ Button Is Protected Speech, Court Rules

Clicking the “Like” button on Facebook is tantamount to other forms of protected speech, a federal court decided on Wednesday.

FISA Court Backs NSA Program Of Phone Data Collection

FISA Court Backs NSA Program Of Phone Data Collection

A special federal surveillance court has reaffirmed the constitutionality of a National Security Agency program that collects data about most of the nation’s phone traffic. NPR’s Larry Abramson reports that the court says the records of phone metadata are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.