President Obama on Friday received his second opportunity to shape the U.S. Supreme Court when Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement.
President Obama talks about the qualities he will be looking for in the next Supreme Court justice.
The ruling is a blow to her 3 1/2-year-old daughter Dannielyn, but the legal battle will continue
An appeals court Tuesday overturned the 22-year sentence of a man convicted for a failed plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in 1999 -- a win for federal prosecutors who are seeking a longer prison term.
The Supreme Court has tossed out a lower court ruling that nullified the death sentence for former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of gunning down a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, police officer more than 28 years ago.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's $290 million patent infringement ruling against Microsoft that will prevent the world's largest software maker from selling the current version of its popular Word program.
The Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to re-examine an ongoing dispute over public release of photos apparently depicting abuse of suspected terrorists and foreign soldiers in U.S. custody.
Former Enron Corp. chief Jeffrey Skilling, convicted three years ago of fraud, is scheduled to be resentenced Thursday after a federal appeals court vacated his 24-year sentence earlier this year.
A judicial council on Thursday admonished the chief judge of the nation's largest federal appeals court for having "sexually explicit photos and videos" on his personal Web site, but decided against any further punishment.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor may not know for some time when her Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be held. It could be next month or perhaps in September.
Sen. Jeff Sessions talks about meeting with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
If there had been a secret-ballot vote among appellate lawyers who argue business cases, it is most unlikely that Judge Sonia Sotomayor would have been selected as the one to replace Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court - even from among the reported finalists on President Obama's short-list.
President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
I sometimes marvel that I probably couldn't get hired at my law school today.
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin looks at some of the candidates that President Obama may consider to fill a Supreme Court seat.
In Washington and throughout the nation's legal system, speculation took off Friday over who may join the Supreme Court after the retirement of Justice David Souter.
The Justice Department has promised an appeals court that federal agents will not deport a Nazi war crimes suspect to Germany through at least April 30, even if the court lifts the stay that prevents the removal.
A federal appeals court Thursday delayed the potential deportation of Nazi war crimes suspect John Demjanjuk for at least a week, signaling concern over his ability to withstand a flight to Germany to stand trial.
The Supreme Court has let stand the conviction of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sent to death row for gunning down a Philadelphia police officer 28 years ago.
Mumia Abu-Jamal sits on Pennsylvania's death row, perhaps the most recognized of the 228 condemned inmates at the Greene Correctional Facility, an hour south of Pittsburgh.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Ohio's secretary of state to establish a system to verify hundreds of thousands of newly registered voters by Friday.
A federal appeals court Wednesday blocked the planned release of 17 Chinese Muslims from the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, granting the government more time to argue against the plan.
A federal appeals court agreed with a lower court ruling that struck down a 1998 law intended to protect children from sexual material on the Internet
A Canadian seized by U.S. officials and sent to Syria, where he claims he was tortured, has been dealt a major legal setback in his effort to sue U.S. government officials.
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Chinese Muslim held by the U.S. military was improperly labeled an "enemy combatant" by the Pentagon.
Child welfare officials have agreed to return 12 children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch to their parents while the courts weigh hundreds of other cases, a family spokeswoman said Friday.
12 children will remain in custody of polygamist parents until a supreme court ruling. CNN's Jane Velez-Mitchell reports.
An Air Force major who was dismissed for being a homosexual can continue her legal fight against the military, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
A Native American who shot a bald eagle for use in a tribal religious ceremony must stand trial, a federal appeals court has ruled
A federal appeals court Thursday ordered former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman released from prison on bond pending his appeal, saying he is not a flight risk and has shown his appeal will raise "substantial questions of law or fact."
Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of gunning down a Philadelphia police officer 27 years ago, deserves a new hearing to determine whether he should be executed for his crime, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig asked a Minnesota appeals court Tuesday to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his June arrest in a public bathroom sex sting, citing a "grave procedural flaw."
Maggie Anthony, the mother of Eric Volz, comments on her son's return from Nicaragua.
An American man held in a Nicaraguan jail was released Friday and left the country, four days after a court overturned his conviction on charges of murdering his former girlfriend.
A federal appeals court ruled some portions of the US Patriot Act dealing with foreign terrorist organizations are unconstitutional because the language is too vague
Sen. Larry Craig appealed a judge's decision, that he could not withdraw a guilty plea stemming from a sex sting.
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a judge's ruling in favor of Merrill Lynch in a dispute with Allegheny Energy over Allegheny's 2001 purchase of the investment bank's energy trading group.
A U.S. appeals court ordered on Tuesday that a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc vice chairman be re-sentenced instead of serving under house arrest for wire and tax fraud.
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A federal appeals court on Thursday denied a request from the Federal Trade Commission to temporarily block Whole Foods Market Inc. from merging with rival Wild Oats Markets Inc., a Whole Foods spokeswoman said.
A federal appeals court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's racketeering and fraud conviction Tuesday and refused to grant him a new trial in the biggest political scandal to rock Illinois in decades.
A federal judge said Thursday he will not delay a 2 1/2-year prison sentence for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a ruling that could send the former White House aide to prison within weeks
A Florida appeals court cleared the way Wednesday for Anna Nicole Smith to be buried next to her son, Daniel, in the Bahamas.
Government prosecutors won't challenge an appeals court's decision to overturn the convictions of several former Merrill Lynch & Co. executives in an Enron-related case, according to a published report.
The Enron case keeps offering up surprises. When a federal appeals court overturned the Enron-related convictions of four Merrill Lynch officials last month, it triggered two lines of reflexive pun...
The Supreme Court Monday agreed to consider an appeal by the largest U.S. telephone carriers seeking the dismissal of a class-action antitrust suit against them.
Corporations may soon have to think twice before forming a joint venture with a competitor.
A federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of celebrity style setter Martha Stewart for lying about a stock sale.
In an order questioning the Bush administration's "credibility before the courts," a federal appeals court has rejected the government's application to transfer "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla from military to civilian custody.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday delayed the transfer of accused terrorist Jose Padilla from a military brig to face trial in Miami.
JUST HOURS after President Bush nominated Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court, the predictable rush to judgment began. Pro-life leaders called Alito a fast train to a world without Roe v....
The Supreme Court convened for a new session Monday with a number of cases on its docket that could have a huge impact on the business world.
Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is likely to win the support of business groups, but in one of his last cases before the nation's highest court he represented a group of states that accused Microsoft of being a monopoly.
President Bush announced on Tuesday that he's selected U.S. Circuit Court Judge John Roberts Jr. as his nominee to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned a prior ruling that required cable operators to open up their high-speed Internet lines to rivals.
The Senate confirmed Janice Rogers Brown to a federal appellate court seat Wednesday -- clearing what was a long-stalled nomination. The vote was 56-43.
A U.S. appeals court rejected Merck & Co.'s request to reconsider the patent expiration on its profitable drug Fosamax, but the company vowed it would appeal again.
The Terri Schiavo case landed at a federal appeals court Tuesday after a lower court rejected her parents' plea to keep their brain-damaged daughter alive.
A federal appeals court Tuesday stayed the execution of convicted serial killer Michael Ross, who was slated to be Connecticut's first executed inmate in more than 40 years.
The husband of Andrea Yates, who admitted she drowned the couple's five children, said a Texas appellate court's decision to throw out her murder convictions gives prosecutors a chance to seek treatment for his wife's mental illness.
ALTRIA associate general counsel William Ohlemeyer sounded confident at a late-October press conference. He was belting out the many "compelling" reasons to anticipate that the Florida supreme cour...
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected an attempt to force a special election to fill the seat of Gov. James E. McGreevey, who recently announced that he is gay and would step down November 15.
A federal appeals court ruling Thursday may put the trial back on track for Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States in connection with the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court decision that blocks the government from obtaining abortion records from a Chicago hospital.
Media organizations covering the Martha Stewart trial won a court ruling Wednesday when a federal appeals court judge threw out an order that had barred the media from attending jury selection in the high-profile case.
In the year and a half since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled mentally retarded inmates cannot be executed, more than 40 death row cases were delayed or sent back for review in Texas -- leaving appellate courts in a quandary.
President Bush used executive powers Friday to bypass Congress and grant a spot on the federal appeals bench to U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering, stoking a long-simmering feud with Senate Democrats over judicial nominations.
Families of victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attack said Wednesday they will go back to court to find out more about the final hours of their relatives' lives on September 11, 2001.
The Justice Department Wednesday announced it would soon ask the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a federal appeals court ruling that requires the government to release designated "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla from military custody.
A recent federal appeals court ruling supports the case for a U.S. Supreme Court review of "enemy combatant" Yaser Esam Hamdi's indefinite detention, his attorney argued in a brief filed with the high court earlier this week.
When you arrive at the Indianapolis headquarters of Eli Lilly & Co., the $10.9-billion-a-year pharmaceuticals giant, you must pass through an elaborate airport-like security system before you're pe...
What a wild couple of weeks it's been in Microsoft land! First, esteemed jurist Richard Posner, brought in as a mediator in the Microsoft antitrust case, thought he might be close to a settlement. ...
It's rare and more than a bit cheeky for a federal appeals judge to declare a controlling U.S. Supreme Court precedent to be "wobbly," "moth eaten," and "unsound." It's rarer still for the Supreme ...
BY THE TIME Ronald Reagan heads back to the ranch for good, he will have appointed about half the judges on the federal district and appeals courts. Will this judicial legacy transform America as m...
RICHMOND, Va. -- The need for security during visits with prison inmates outweighs an infant's right to privacy, a federal appeals court has ruled . . . The United States Court of Appeals for the F...