Carrie JohnsonCarrie Johnson is a justice correspondent for the Washington Desk.
The building that houses the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is pictured in 2015. Emails and text messages from prosecutors in that office have come out as part of an inquiry into their handling of a case.
A U.S. federal courtroom sits empty in 2017 in Honolulu. A new study finds that judges with backgrounds as prosecutors or corporate lawyers are more likely to rule in favor of employers.
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People walk on a tour of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa., in 2018. Two brothers who were at the facility have been freed by clemency after expecting to spend their lives incarcerated.
A Philadelphia state correctional facility is pictured in June 2018. In Philadelphia, the concept of "felony murder" means someone can spend their life in prison if someone died during a felony act, even if that person did not intend to commit murder.
Civil liberties advocates say they fear that the kinds of measures that could be put in place after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol could disproportionately hurt minorities.
Merrick Garland came to national attention in 2016 when President Barack Obama nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Republicans denied Garland even a hearing for the post.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Zachary Terwilliger, shown outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., in October, is headed into private practice.