A one-time American-based Islamic group cannot sue the government over claims it was targeted by the government's once-secret Terrorist Surveillance Program, a federal court has ruled.
The divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California may become another landmark case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appeals court judges refused Tuesday to revisit an earlier ruling.
Reaction to a federal appeals court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
A convicted American terrorist plotter and his mother lost another legal round Wednesday in their efforts to hold accountable a former Bush administration official who issued legal memos supporting harsh interrogation techniques for suspected enemy combatants.
A Marine facing discharge over criticism of President Barack Obama on a Facebook page he administers will fight in military and civilian courts, his attorney said Tuesday.
The Illinois Supreme Court's recent decision to permit the televising of trials in the state's circuit courts brings to mind another question of television in a court: the U.S. Supreme Court.
The federal prosecution of former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona will continue after the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear his appeal.
A three-judge panel will hear motions Thursday on whether a federal court decision to invalidate a ban on same-sex marriages in California should be overturned because the judge was gay and in a long-term relationship.
Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to filibuster President Barack Obama's nominee to fill a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, because they complained she is too liberal and would be an activist on the bench.
A complex legal fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is back on track after California's highest court on Thursday allowed an appeal over a controversial ballot initiative to move ahead in federal court.
Frustrated by an inability to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with owners, some NBA players have sought the advice of an antitrust attorney on the possibility of decertifying the National Basketball Players' Association. Such a maneuver would likely be followed by the filing of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the league and it would make the cancellation of the 2011-12 NBA more probable.
The Supreme Court issued a final, stinging rebuke of a lower court's decision on three separate occasions to dismiss the assault conviction of a grandmother in the shaking death of her 7-week-old grandson.
Change is never pretty. And the change that results when 50 states step in to take on a job Washington has tried and failed to do can be especially messy. This is what's happening -- with a vengeance -- on immigration. In the past five years, there has been a virtual revolution in immigration lawmaking. And the result is not just chaos -- it's a lot of bad policy.
A federal appeals court has blocked enforcement of parts of a controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama.
A federal district judge in Alabama denied on Wednesday an emergency request aimed at blocking parts of the state's new immigration law during an appeal process.
A federal appeals court has dismissed a pending legal challenge by a gay rights group to the military's now-dismantled "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuals serving in the military.
A federal appeals court has tossed out Virginia's lawsuit against the sweeping health care reform effort championed by President Barack Obama, after the three-judge panel concluded Thursday the state lacks the jurisdictional authority to challenge the 2010 law.
Union chief Billy Hunter said Thursday afternoon that "the lockout will happen tonight" after players and owners failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. With the current CBA set to expire at midnight tonight, here are the most pressing issues facing the league.
A second hacking attack has yielded personal information belonging to nearly a dozen of its employees, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.
A federal appeals court in Atlanta was openly skeptical Wednesday that the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama would survive constitutional scrutiny.
Pres. Obama says he's flexible on health care reform, and putting more power in states' hands if there are better ideas.
Burning questions coming out of Monday's ruling to keep the lockout in place ...
A federal appeals court panel expressed strong support Tuesday for the sweeping health care reform bill championed by President Barack Obama. It was the first appellate hearing on the law's constitutionality.
Senate Republicans have failed to block a floor vote for a controversial judicial nominee labeled as anti-business.
NFL players suffered a significant and surprising courtroom defeat Friday evening and are once again subject to a lockout. Two of three judges on a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted the NFL's request for an administrative (temporary) stay of Judge Susan Nelson's order to enjoin the NFL lockout. As soon as Monday, the panel of three judges will announce if it will make the temporary stay permanent. Until that time, the temporary stay empowers the NFL to reinstitute the lockout. The temporary stay also supplies the NFL with a much-needed legal victory after a series of setbacks.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the nation's sweeping health care reform law on June 8, according to an order issued Thursday by the appellate court.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday refused again to allow same-sex marriages in California while a case on the issue works its way through the courts.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco, California, decided Tuesday to indefinitely delay consideration of a controversial case regarding the constitutionality of that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
If you're like most people, you probably carry a tracking device around with you everywhere you go: your cell phone.
With the mid-term elections looming, the Supreme Court on Monday turned away from the opportunity to further loosen campaign finance restrictions, this time over disclosure of donors.
Discharged gay military members Dan Choi and Alexander Nicholson join to react to a reaffirmation allowing gays to serve.
A federal appeals panel on Wednesday temporarily blocked a lower court ruling that halted enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.
An appeals court has permanently lifted an injunction imposed by a federal judge, thereby allowing federally funded embryonic stem-cell research to continue while the Obama administration appeals the judge's original ruling against use of public funds in such research.
A pair of illegal immigration ordinances in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, were ruled unconstitutional Thursday by a federal appeals court.
A federal court in Riverside, California, ruled Thursday that the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy -- which bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly -- is unconstitutional.
Memorial crosses erected along Utah public roads to honor fallen state highway troopers have been found unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.
The Supreme Court of the United States as of August 7.
A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that Proposition 8 -- California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage -- is unconstitutional.
CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to two people with totally different conceptions of marriage in wake of Prop 8 ruling.
A federal appeals court has denied Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request for an expedited hearing on the state's controversial immigration law. Instead, the case has been scheduled for a hearing during the first week in November.
As a young working mother in the the early 1980s, Diane Wood, like many of her generation, struggled to balance work and family.
Senate Republicans offered a cool reception Friday to a federal judicial nominee who has become a political lightning rod over his liberal views and his preparation for confirmation hearings.
Public schools in Western states can continue teacher-led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, after a federal court ruled against a group of atheist parents.
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.
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.
President Obama: Thank you. Thank you.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court will decide if a woman who lost an arm because of a prescription drug can sue the drug company. CNN's Kelli Arena reports.
A man is on trial for fetish films which he calls art, but prosecutors call "criminally obscene." "Prime News" reports.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department is violating the law by failing to design and issue currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired people.
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is expected to be released from a federal prison in Louisiana sometime Friday, officials said
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."
A federal appeals court has upheld the right of female inmates to be transported at state expense for elective abortions.
Money Magazine's senior editor explains "Fair Tax," a national retail sales tax based on consumption instead of income.
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed Friday a preliminary injunction that had prevented National Beverage Corp. from selling its "Freek" energy drinks, in a blow to rival Hansen Natural Corp.
ST. LOUIS -- Three appellate court judges took less than an hour Thursday to hear arguments from lawyers representing Major League Baseball and CDM Fantasy Sports in the latest fight over who owns the rights to player statistics. Hanging in the balance now is the future of the $1.5-billion-a-year fantasy sports industry.
President Bush announced Tuesday night his nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge John Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court. The following is a transcript of Bush's and Roberts' remarks at the White House.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled invalid a federal ban on a type of late-term abortion. But this development -- significant as it is -- may be nothing compared with what will occur soon.
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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10 to 8 Thursday to send the nomination of former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor, Jr. to the Senate floor.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals twice denied requests Wednesday from the parents of Terri Schiavo, who are seeking to have the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube reinserted.
Before dawn Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an injunction request in the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who had her feeding tube removed Friday.
In United States v. Hill, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit recently held that under some circumstances, there is no continuing Fourth Amendment right to privacy in a public restroom.
A federal appeals court Thursday threw out a judge's ruling that awarded $88.5 million to former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith from the estate of her late husband, an oil tycoon who died at age 90 just over a year after they wed.
At the end of last month, in the case of Coddington v. Evanko, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that police officers may constitutionally shave large amounts of hair from a suspect's head, neck, and shoulders, without a warrant, probable cause, or any basis for suspecting that the hair would provide evidence of crime.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a California father could not challenge the Pledge of Allegiance.
As the sun sets this week on "Friends," NBC's long-running hit sitcom, the writers, producers and network remain embroiled in litigation.
Those who like word-guessing games might enjoy the opinion that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit handed down last week in the Moussaoui case. Its text is interrupted in several dozen places with sets of asterisks -- **** -- that substitute for classified information that has been excised.
(FindLaw) -- The week the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Pledge of Allegiance case, Elk Grove Independent School District v. Newdow.
President Bush Friday gave a recess appointment to Bill Pryor, naming him to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals months after Senate Democrats had filibustered to block his nomination, Pryor told CNN.
The U.S. Supreme Court late Monday refused to overturn a stay of execution for convicted killer Kevin Cooper, following a federal appeals court's decision to take a new look at evidence in the 20-year-old case.
The Supreme Court was asked by the Justice Department Wednesday to delay giving a terrorism suspect detained overseas access to a lawyer until the justices decide the larger legal issue of what rights other so-called "enemy combatants" are afforded.
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