July 18, 2012 U.S. authorities are using laws dating to the 1700s in novel ways to combat piracy on the high seas, going after people who may never actually climb aboard a ship. The targets include men who negotiate and finance piracy plots as far away as the horn of Africa. And the strategy may be working.
July 12, 2012 The Justice Department says their analysis found minorities paid what amounted to a "racial surtax" on mortgages.
July 10, 2012 The Justice Department on Tuesday apologized to Kirk Odom for the "terrible injustice" of more than two decades spent in prison for rape and robbery. "There is clear and convincing evidence that Mr. Odom is innocent," the government now says, based on DNA tests and hair analysis.
July 9, 2012 The FBI also offered $1 million for information leading to their arrests.
July 9, 2012 Stepping on big toes is pretty much the job description of the Justice Department's Michael Horowitz. He's boss of about 450 employees who sift through allegations of misconduct at Justice, the FBI and ATF. One looming item: a report on the gunrunning operation called Fast and Furious.
July 6, 2012 Days after the Supreme Court's landmark decision on the health care law, lawyers say they're still teasing out the consequences in other areas of the law — including civil rights. That's because the ruling involves two federal powers that happen to be the backbone of most civil rights legislation.
June 19, 2012 Advocates for prisoners have long argued that confinement conditions in prisons violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. On Tuesday, they made their case before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, complete with a replica prison cell in the hearing room.