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.
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October 2, 2013 Former Vice President Walter Mondale and a former Alabama Supreme Court justice are among those pressing for a bipartisan commission to improve legal services to the poor.
July 31, 2013 "I was not aware at the time what the average age was," 18-year-old Gabrielle Turnquest says. Turnquest, who has qualified as a barrister, is a native of Windermere, Fla.
Sergei Magnitsky's mother, Nataliya Magnitskaya, holds a photo of her late son in 2009.
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July 11, 2013 The whistle-blowing lawyer was found guilty by a Russian court even though he died in prison in 2009. The case seemingly was a first for Russia, but putting the dead on trial isn't entirely unprecedented in history.
May 12, 2013 Republican lawmakers on Sunday called for a full investigation of the Internal Revenue Service after it was revealed Friday that it had singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for heightened scrutiny in applications for tax-exempt status.
Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, right, faces a retention vote Nov. 6.
September 26, 2012 A battle is under way in Iowa over whether a state Supreme Court justice can keep his job. Critics have launched an all-out campaign to throw him off the bench because of his ruling three years ago clearing the way for same-sex marriage. The judge's supporters are fighting back, in a fashion.
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June 25, 2012 Mandatory sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine disproportionately affected black people. Why? Caryn Devins and Stuart Kauffman argue that simple laws introduced into complex networks, such as our legal system, produce unintended consequences.
October 15, 2008 The death penalty and justice
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