The Supreme Court declined to halt the execution of Ronald Smith Jr. for a 1994 murder. A jury had recommended life imprisonment, but a judge nonetheless sentenced Smith to death.
Update: After deciding Saturday afternoon to end their state-court request for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania, Jill Stein’s campaign announced late Saturday night that they plan to take the issue to federal court on Monday.
With Republicans controlling all of the power centers in Washington, the state attorneys general could provide Democrats with some of their key paths to fight back.
The US Office of Government Ethics sent nine tweets on Wednesday discussing the president-elect’s business interests.
In Bobby James Moore’s case, the Supreme Court is examining how Texas has applied the high court’s ban on the execution of intellectually disabled people.
The letter is a last-ditch, very public effort from some of the top names in liberal and progressive criminal justice circles to press Obama to act before Donald Trump takes office.
“At a minimum, we’re looking at dozens of re-sentencings, if not hundreds,” the head of the Death Penalty Information Center says of the potential effect of a Wednesday ruling from the Florida Supreme Court.
Kris Kobach’s plan also includes reducing the intake of Syrian immigrants to zero.
At the Federalist Society convention, a look back at Justice Antonin Scalia’s life became a look ahead at unified Republican governance — and a revived conservative trajectory for the Supreme Court.
Ivanka Trump — who Donald Trump has said will help run his businesses while he is president — appears, per a photo provided by the Japanese government, to have at least been present for part of Thursday’s meeting with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe.
“[I]f President Obama believes these sentences are unjust, it is his constitutional responsibility to fix them,” a law professor who is a member of the US Sentencing Commission, Rachel Barkow, says.
A federal grand jury had been considering the matter since shortly after Schock resigned from Congress in March 2015.
Trump could have a serious impact on the death penalty if he wanted to. Here’s how.
Overnight, Donald Trump stopped the law’s leftward shift.
How “united” are the states of America, really?
A lawsuit seeking a 90-minute voting extension for all of Durham County, North Carolina, however, was rejected. Earlier, a lawsuit in Nevada from the Trump campaign seeking to keep early votes in several polling places from being counted on Election Day was rejected.
Most Republicans are likely to take a second look at Obama’s Supreme Court nominee if Hillary Clinton wins on Tuesday — regardless of what they’re saying now.
A lower court judge had issued a broad order against voter intimidation, but the federal appeals court overruled that on Sunday, handing the Trump campaign a victory. The Democrats had asked the Supreme Court to step in.
The Democrats couldn’t convince a federal judge this week that the Republican National Committee is violating an agreement banning them from “ballot security” measures — but the judge will allow the Democrats to make their case, with more evidence available to them, after the election.
With a Saturday morning order, the justices presented a united front in allowing enforcement — for now — of an Arizona law making so-called “ballot harvesting” a felony.