US Legal Issues
By Tom Carter, 19 April 2012
With the support of the Obama administration, the US Supreme Court Tuesday expanded the reach of a reactionary legal doctrine that immunizes government agents who violate the Constitution from litigation.
By John Burton, 5 April 2012
The Obama administration played a key role in Monday’s Supreme Court decision to allow blanket strip searches of people arrested for minor offenses.
By Kate Randall, 27 March 2012
The US Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments Monday into the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health care legislation.
By Ed Hightower, 27 March 2012
The 2010 mid-term elections put Republicans in control of many state legislatures, largely due to the disaffection, arising from the administration’s right-wing policies, of many who had voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Since then, at least 17 states have attempted to restrict voting rights in advance of the November ballot.
By John Burton, 20 March 2012
The Supreme Court continues to weaken key provisions of the Bill of Rights, last month issuing reactionary decisions protecting police who serve illegal warrants and conduct interrogations without giving people their rights.
By Tom Carter, 24 January 2012
Recent Supreme Court opinions involving religion, voting rights and warrantless surveillance cast a shadow over existing democratic legal protections.
By Tom Carter, 12 January 2012
The videotapes sought by the Center for Constitutional Rights constitute important evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
By Tom Carter, 14 December 2011
The announcement Monday by the US Supreme Court that it will review a decision striking down provisions of Arizona’s unprecedented anti-immigrant law casts a shadow over what had been considered historically settled questions affecting democratic rights.
By Kevin Kearney, 13 December 2011
The Supreme Court announced Monday it will review a lower court decision striking down provisions of an Arizona anti-immigrant law.
By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2011
The high court is expected to make a decision on the constitutionality of the health care law in the midst of next year’s presidential election campaign.
By Alan Gilman, 14 October 2011
The Los Angeles County Jail, the nation’s largest, with over 17,000 inmates, continues to be plagued by brutal assaults upon its inmates by deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
By Tom Carter, 10 October 2011
Anwar al-Awlaki was selected for assassination as a test case that, if successful, would set a precedent according to which the executive branch of the US government has the unreviewable power to secretly liquidate its political opponents, including US citizens.
White House urges Supreme Court to approve health care “reform” and deepen attacks on democratic rights
By John Burton, 4 October 2011
Obama administration lawyers have filed briefs in many of the cases set for review by the Supreme Court this term, urging approval of the cost-cutting health care overhaul and rollbacks on constitutional rights.
By Patrick Zimmerman, 5 August 2011
Aaron Swartz, a researcher at Harvard is being pursued by government authorities for alleged wire fraud.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 July 2011
A federal trial has begun against five current and former New Orleans police officers charged in the killing and maiming of six unarmed residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
By David Walsh, 8 July 2011
The acquittal of 25-year-old Casey Anthony in Orlando, Florida Tuesday on charges of murdering her child in June 2008 points to a fact of some social significance.
By Tom Carter, 27 June 2011
The US Supreme Court is steadily shielding corporate criminality while cutting back fundamental democratic rights.
By Tom Carter, 21 June 2011
The US Supreme Court ruling yesterday means that the larger the corporation, the less susceptible it will be to class action lawsuits by its employees.
By Tom Carter, 19 May 2011
A decision Monday by the US Supreme Court represents a further major step in abolishing the basic civil liberties protections in the Bill of Rights and enhancing the arbitrary powers of the police.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2011
The travesty of a trial of Posada Carriles on immigration-related charges let the veteran terrorist and CIA agent walk free, despite being wanted for the killing of scores of civilians.
By John Burton, 11 April 2011
In two reactionary rulings, the Supreme Court cancelled a jury award to a man falsely convicted of murder due to prosecutorial misconduct and ruled that taxpayers cannot sue for the diversion of tax revenue to religious schools.
By Michael Stapleton, 9 March 2011
On February 28, in the case Michigan v. Bryant, the US Supreme Court issued yet another decision undermining the right of someone accused of a crime to question his or her accusers.
By Andre Damon, 3 March 2011
The US Department of Justice has quietly dropped its investigation of Angelo Mozilo, the former head of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial and one of the most culpable figures in the financial meltdown of 2008.
By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 4 February 2011
The persecution of ex-CIA agent and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling reveals that the Obama administration is prepared use any means necessary to keep the lid on its dirty secrets.
By Tom Eley, 27 January 2011
For years Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated a law requiring justices reveal their spouse’s income and employers, during which time his wife, Virginia Thomas, received hundreds of thousands dollars from right-wing and pro-corporate groups.
By Don Knowland, 11 January 2011
A subpoena obtained by the US government amounts to confirmation that prosecutors have convened a grand jury in an effort to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and perhaps others on charges of conspiring to steal documents with Army private Bradley Manning.
By Barry Grey, 4 January 2011
On December 30, two days before assuming the governorship of New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a settlement of fraud charges against the Wall Street financier and former head of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, Steven Rattner.
By Barry Grey, 24 December 2010
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a civil suit Tuesday charging the accounting firm Ernst & Young with complicity in massive fraud committed by Lehman Brothers in the months leading up to the investment bank’s September 2008 collapse.
By Naomi Spencer and E.P. Bannon, 14 December 2010
Three New Orleans police officers have been convicted for an unprovoked killing and cover-up following Hurricane Katrina.
By Tom Carter, 9 December 2010
The dismissal Tuesday of a lawsuit that challenged the Obama administration’s targeted killing program underscores the decay of democratic processes in the United States.
By Jerry White, 23 November 2010
Steven Rattner—the chief architect of the attack on GM and Chrysler workers—has been implicated in a scheme aimed at channeling millions into his former private equity firm.
By Tom Eley, 19 November 2010
A federal court jury on Wednesday unexpectedly acquitted Guantánamo detainee Ahmed Khaifan Ghailani on 284 charges related to the 1998 terrorist attacks on the US Embassy in Tanzania.
By John Burton, 19 November 2010
The Obama administration has argued in the Supreme Court that taxpayers have no right to challenge unconstitutional governmental expenditures on religion.