October 24, 2012 This November, three states will vote on ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The legalization effort is getting support from U.S. attorneys and a Republican candidate for Senate. Some of the most intense opposition is coming from earlier legalization pioneers.
October 23, 2012 New York State's highest court says a tax exemption for "cultural and artistic performances" doesn't apply to strippers. But dissenting judges question whether it is constitutional to treat "highbrow dance and lowbrow dance" differently.
October 22, 2012 Like many other former felons in Florida, Vikki Hankins has spent years trying to regain civil rights like the right to vote or serve on a jury. And while she dreams of going to law school, she will be unable to sit for the bar or practice law unless her rights are restored.
October 22, 2012 Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa and Darrell Issa of California want to know if a whistleblower is being punished while one of the ATF managers involved is being allowed to "double-dip."
October 22, 2012 Nationwide, nearly 6 million people have lost the right to vote because of felony convictions. And while some states are making it easier for former felons to regain that right, Florida — with 1.5 million disenfranchised former felons — has taken the opposite approach.
October 22, 2012 A judge threw out Santae Tribble's murder conviction earlier this year, after Tribble had spent decades in prison. Now, Tribble is fighting for a finding of actual legal innocence that would help him get compensation for the years he spent behind bars. Two jurors who convicted him have written to the court on his behalf.
October 19, 2012 A federal appeals court ruling has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. The case involves a widow who paid taxes on her same-sex spouse's estate.