The International Criminal Court demanded Saturday the immediate release of a lawyer and three other staff members who were detained while visiting the son of deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
The jury in the John Edwards case rendered exactly the right verdict. Of course they couldn't make up their mind on most of the charges. No rational person could. The judge essentially instructed them to get into John Edwards' mind (as well as into the minds of several other actors in this political soap opera) and to determine precisely what his intention was in receiving money from friends.
A web editor in Thailand has been convicted of hosting posts on a website critical of the country's revered monarchy.
The teenager charged with killing three classmates at his Ohio school and wounding three more will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Thursday.
The Sixth Amendment right to a trial by an impartial jury is the bedrock of our criminal justice system. Yet the promise of impartiality is called into question when defendants face juries that include few, if any, members of their race.
There is no reason Marissa Alexander should spend the next 20 years in prison.
A New York judge Tuesday rejected claims by former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn that a civil lawsuit against him should be dismissed because he was protected by diplomatic immunity.
An international war crimes court finds ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor guilty of aiding militias in Sierra Leone.
Lawyers for former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn urged a judge on Wednesday to dismiss a civil suit brought against him by the New York hotel housekeeper who accused him of assaulting her last year.
Chinese legislators Wednesday approved changes to the country's criminal code that will allow the police to hold certain suspects at secret locations.
A Pennsylvania court has ordered that the juvenile trial of Jordan Brown -- a boy accused of killing his father's pregnant girlfriend three years ago -- be closed, despite a push by several newspapers to allow public access.
Libya could try Saif al-Islam Gadhafi itself rather than handing him over to International Criminal Court if Libya can prove it has a functioning justice system, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Wednesday.
For thousands of prison inmates convicted of crack cocaine charges, the prison doors will be opening early, thanks to sentencing changes easing the disparity between the penalties for possessing or distributing crack vs. powder cocaine.
Under new rules, thousands of inmates serving time on crack charges are being released early.
Locking juvenile offenders behind bars is costly and largely ineffective, according to a report released Tuesday by an advocacy group that favors alternatives to youth detention.
The International Criminal Court on Monday granted the court's chief prosecutor permission to open an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ivory Coast during months of post-election turmoil last year.
The family of an African-American man who was killed when he was beaten and run over with a truck has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of teens alleged to have been present at the time of the attack.
An aid worker discusses what it's like for drought victims and refugees in the Horn of Africa.
Somalia is known to most Americans as the setting for the book and film "Black Hawk Down" and as the world center for modern-day pirates. It is the poster child for failed humanitarian interventions and for good intentions gone wrong.
To many Americans, putting Jared Lee Loughner in a mental hospital instead of a prison hardly sounds like justice.
With a stroke of his pen last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed California's budget. Legislators, he said, had failed to take the "strong medicine" California needs to survive. But the state could easily save hundreds of millions of dollars by fixing its criminal justice system.
Tunisia, the country where the Arab Spring uprisings began this year, has joined the International Criminal Court, becoming the first North African country to do so.
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court requested authorization Thursday to open an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ivory Coast during months of post-election turmoil.
The criminal trial for Hosni Mubarak and his two sons has been scheduled for August 3, the attorney for the former Egyptian president said Wednesday.
Kenya plans to appeal an International Criminal Court decision rejecting a request that trials of six prominent men accused of crimes against humanity be held in their own country, an official said Tuesday.
When a federal judge found Jared Loughner, the man charged with killing six people and injuring 13 others in Tucson in January, incompetent to stand trial Wednesday, I was watching CNN with my next-door neighbor. He blamed "our insane criminal justice system" for its failure to give justice "to his victims."
Two Rwandan rebel leaders went on trial in Germany on Wednesday on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and being members of a foreign terrorist group, a court statement said.
Attorneys for a boy accused of killing his father's pregnant girlfriend have asked a Pennsylvania court to overturn a lower court's decision to try him as an adult.
A would-be terrorist hid explosives in his underwear, and a bomb scare rattled Times Square in 2010. School bullies allegedly drove other kids to suicide. Witnesses recounted the day an Army psychiatrist gunned down 32 colleagues at Fort Hood, Texas, leaving the hallways slick with blood.
Since this summer, WikiLeaks has published huge tranches of classified U.S. intelligence. The online organization's actions have ignited fierce debate over whether the First Amendment's free speech rights will keep its members and its founder, Julian Assange, safe from prosecution.
Wanted by the ICC on allegations of war crimes, Sudan's president visits Chad for a trade-bloc conference.
The president of Sudan, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on allegations of war crimes and genocide, arrived Wednesday in Chad, Sudanese state-run Shorooq TV reported.
If criminal suspects fail to invoke their right to remain silent, they have waived that right, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
In a series of recent e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors, Floyd Landis accused 17 other riders -- most notably seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong -- of doping or complicity in doping. All of the accused parties either declined to address or denied outright Landis's allegations.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday did not rule out the possibility that accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accused accomplices would be tried in New York.
About 20 years ago, 9-year-old Cameron Kocher fired a rifle out of a window of his home in upstate Pennsylvania and hit his 7-year-old neighbor, who was riding on a snowmobile, and killed her.
Attorneys for director Roman Polanski fired back against Los Angeles prosecutors, saying the law clearly allows for Polanski to be sentenced in absentia while under house arrest in Switzerland.
A year ago, Maydellyn Lamourt watched her 16-year-old son's dreams fall apart.
A Texas inmate in a wheelchair, who escaped on foot from two armed guards as he was being transferred between prisons, is now on the U.S. Marshals' list of the 15 most-wanted fugitives.
A gleaming Manhattan skyscraper and a group of well-heeled stockbrokers were some of the coveted assets that JPMorgan Chase snatched up when it acquired Bear Stearns for $10-a-share in March 2008. But like the stick of dynamite that lies hidden in one of Wiley Coyote's birthday cakes, JPMorgan also took on the liability for all of Bear Stearns ongoing litigation as part of that merger. So when the criminal trial of Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin, the managers of the two failed Bear Stearns hedge funds that sparked a market meltdown in 2007, begins next Tuesday, JPMorgan's interest in the case will be more than academic.
Getting arrested for stealing cars after his 16th birthday may be the best thing that ever happened to Terrence Barkley.
Administration officials Friday indicated a second Guantanamo Bay detainee may be brought to the United States for a criminal trial, but cautioned no final decision has been made.
Many have noted Judge Sonia Sotomayor's personal story -- from being raised by a single mother in a public housing project in the Bronx to top honors at Princeton and Yale and now, potentially the Supreme Court -- will give her a perspective that other justices lack.
The Jackson family knows that the probe into singer Michael Jackson's death could turn into a criminal case, a source close to the family told CNN Thursday.
Offering a preview of his defense in a possible criminal trial, Roger Clemens appeared Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning to reiterate his assertions that he never used steroids and to dismiss damaging claims made about him in American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime, a new book out today.
A longtime employee and vault manager for a jewelry company in Long Island City, New York, stole millions of dollars worth of gold and gold jewelry from her employer over a six-year span, the Queens district attorney has alleged.
Murder and justice have always been hallmarks of the "Law & Order" stable of TV shows, but never before have the fictional New York City crimes guided the show's detectives and attorneys to the United Nations -- until now.
A federal lawsuit alleges police are seizing money and property of non-whites by threatening them with criminal prosecution.
Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations on Friday defended his nation's decision to expel 16 nongovernment aid organizations, charging they were "messing up everything," "spoiling," and "destabilizing" his country.
The federal criminal trial of former Bear Stearns hedge-fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin, which is set to begin in Brooklyn in September, has been expected to be a kind of template for coming Wall Street prosecutions. But the model case is already getting messy.
Michelle O'Neil and her husband Michael are young, scrambling to stay afloat financially and, by their own admission, not the best money managers.
At a friend's sleepover more than a year ago, 14-year-old Phillip Swartley pocketed change from unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood to buy chips and soft drinks. The cops caught him.
Two judges plead guilty to taking cash in exchange for sending more kids to juvenile detention centers.
The Vatican says it has ordered a controversial bishop who denies the Holocaust to "distance himself" from his views "in an absolutely unequivocal and public manner."
Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, is still declaring his innocence, despite facing a criminal trial and the prospect of prison.
Larry talks with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about being impeached and how he plans to clear his name.
The district attorney announces he has returned the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation to Boulder, Colorado, police.
Former gridiron great O.J. Simpson will serve at least nine years in prison for his role in an armed confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel in 2007.
Homicide detectives work long shifts to solve crimes in New Orleans, but witnesses are often reluctant to testify.
"It's not a success story," Rhonda McClure Collins told us.
A 76-year-old pickpocket who has been arrested 37 times -- and convicted 30 times -- was indicted yet again in a Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday after police officers allegedly caught her pinching wallets at a grocery store last week.
A state watchdog commission has recommended that California phase out its antiquated juvenile prisons by 2011
Three police detectives are found not guilty in the shooting of Sean Bell. To many, the verdict highlights the need for a new approach to such prosecutions
A New York City police detective faces charges including child endangerment for allegedly forcing a 13-year-old runaway to work as a prostitute at parties, police say.
A veteran New York police officer is charged with kidnapping and promoting prostitution. WABC's Jim Dolan reports.
Profiles of the key attorneys in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson:
Mychal Bell, the 17-year-old black teenager whose arrest and detention led to the "Jena 6" protests, has agreed to a plea deal that could lead to his release by June, his lawyer said Monday.
CNN's Zain Verjee reports on whether the case against Blackwater guards in Baghdad will ever become a criminal case.
No blanket immunity deal was offered to Blackwater guards for their statements regarding a shootout in Iraq last month that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, two senior State Department officials told CNN Tuesday.
A black Louisiana teenager at the center of the racially charged "Jena 6" case was ordered Thursday to spend 18 months in a juvenile facility, after a judge ruled he had violated his probation for earlier juvenile convictions, a source with knowledge of the court proceedings said.
Priest posts names of victims
Father Bill Terry of St. Anna's Episcopal Church in New Orleans wants everyone to know what's happening in New Orleans: too many murders with too few people held accountable.
A civil case has been filed against the New York Police Department by a Brooklyn woman whose fiance was shot more than 50 times by police officers on the day they were to be married.
The prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team rape case was disbarred Saturday for unethical conduct, and the chairman of the disciplinary committee blamed "political ambition" for his downfall.
North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that the three former Duke University lacrosse players who faced sexual assault charges are "innocent" and the charges are being dropped.
In another time or place, the drug possession conviction of a crack user named Larry Williams would hardly merit mention, but in New Orleans it was a cause for celebration.
Have you noticed that the system of justice in this country is shutting down, piece by piece by piece? We have long noted the deleterious effects of "tort reform" here in Texas, where insurance companies are ever bolder, and injured workers and consumers have fewer and fewer rights. But there is a shutdown in criminal justice, as well.
They stand together against the world: the poster boys of corporate malfeasance, the yin-and-yang former CEOs of Enron finally coming to trial in a drab federal courtroom in downtown Houston. But i...
Robert Blake on Friday was found liable in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of his slain wife and ordered by a jury to pay her children $30 million in damages.
Just two weeks ago, the International Criminal Court's prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, announced that he was opening an investigation into atrocities in Darfur. His decision to investigate comes after the March 31 resolution of the U.N. Security Council that referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC.
A 13-year-old boy accused of fatally striking a 15-year-old friend with a bat after a youth baseball game was charged Thursday as a juvenile with murder, authorities said.
On March 28, Judge Rodney Melville -- who presides over Michael Jackson's child molestation trial -- issued a ruling that was momentous. It was also clearly erroneous.
Attorneys for the woman who alleges Kobe Bryant sexually assaulted her spoke Tuesday with CNN anchor Bill Hemmer about their client's lawsuit against the NBA star.
As is now well-known, the Kobe Bryant criminal prosecution in Colorado has collapsed. According to the Eagle County District Attorney's Office, the reason is that the woman who had accused Bryant of the crime has announced that she no longer wishes to cooperate with the prosecution.
The woman who has accused Kobe Bryant of raping her filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against the NBA star, seeking unspecified monetary damages.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he backs an effort to excuse a woman from returning to prison, after she's been out of jail for more than two years, to serve more time after a court ruled she had been released too early.
Many Americans think they know why our crime rate is so horrendous: because we aren't tough enough on criminals. In a Gallup poll last year, four out of five people said our criminal justice system...
Are our courts beginning to go the way of American VCRs, TV sets, steel, and S&Ls? The issue here isn't our overcrowded city and state courts, but the courts that handle major commercial cases -- P...
Writing in this space a fortnight ago, we groaned about the tendency of the U.S. criminal justice system to release or furlough or parole various evildoers who soon enough are caught in the act of ...