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.
October 18, 2012 The case involved an 83-year-old woman who married her partner in Canada and was forced to pay taxes on an inheritance — taxes she would not have paid if their marriage was recognized legally. Same-sex marriage is an issue that's most likely headed to the Supreme Court.
October 16, 2012 A federal appeals court ruled that providing material support for terrorism wasn't a crime when Salim Ahmed Hamdan was Osama bin Laden's driver from 1996 to 2001. The decision likely will not affect high-profile cases against suspected terrorists, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.
October 16, 2012 Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to take the seat when the current chief justice steps down at the end of January, the court ruled today. A racially charged challenge had been raised by some of her colleagues.
October 16, 2012 It said Salim Ahmed Hamdan's conviction for providing material support for terrorism had to be overturned because his actions — driving the al-Qaida leader around — were not a war crime at the time. The ruling does not directly affect Hamdan, who was released in 2009, but may have a big impact on cases at Guantanamo Bay that have yet to be litigated.
October 16, 2012 Whether food giant Monsanto's practice of patenting crop seeds is legal when farmers have little opportunity to find alternatives may finally get a review from the Supreme Court this year. It has agreed to hear a case in which a farmer planting Monsanto seeds without paying.
October 16, 2012 A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit yesterday that claimed that The Bachelor discriminates against people of color. But the fact that the case was dismissed doesn't mean the conversation is over.