Prosecutor Robert Zauzmer (left) from the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia will head up the Justice Department's effort on pardons. Brad Bower/AP hide caption

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New Pardon Chief In Obama Justice Department Inherits A Huge Backlog

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"As far as I know ... there is no problem of over-incarceration for rich, white financial or environmental executives," defense lawyer Jeffrey Robinson of the American Civil Liberties Union said. Aleksandar Dancu/iStock hide caption

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Mardi Palan, a hair stylist in Portland, Ore., is hoping to become a surrogate for a couple from Israel. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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An Explicit Contract Makes Surrogacy Viable For An Oregon Woman

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Can Connecticut Force A Teenage Girl To Undergo Chemotherapy?

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A volunteer escort waits outside a clinic that provides abortions in Milwaukee. Wisconsin is one of many states that have passed laws requiring doctors to have hospital privileges if they perform abortions. Dinesh Ramde/AP hide caption

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale speaks at a Georgetown University Law Center discussion last week. He is one of several prominent individuals calling for better legal representation for the poor. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Sergei Magnitsky's mother, Nataliya Magnitskaya, holds a photo of her late son in 2009. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press hide caption

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Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, right, faces a retention vote Nov. 6. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Another Iowa Judge Faces Ballot Box Battle Due To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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