Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in which the justices unanimously ruled that defendants facing substantial jail time deserved legal representation in state courts, even if they couldn't afford to pay for it.
An Illinois legislative committee approved a measure this week to update the state’s eavesdropping law. The bill would allow police officers to audio record people without their consent using newer technology.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that he wants the Illinois attorney general to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's last-in-the-nation concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, a move that would take it before the U.S. Supreme Court.
A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.
A federal judge in Michigan could rule as soon as Thursday on a challenge to the state's ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.
A newly-filed lawsuit accuses Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles of "systematically'' overcharging state residents by tens of millions of dollars for driver's licenses.
Sandra Day O'Connor wasn't expecting the call from President Reagan that would change her life that day in 1981.
The Obama administration has filed a friend of the court brief urging the United States Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on gay marriage. The government is arguing that the state's ban on gay marriage should be struck down as a denial of "equal protection under the law," but it does not call for the abolition of all state bans on same-sex marriage.
Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday in a case that could throw a monkey wrench into the widespread use of DNA testing — a case that pits modern technology against notions of personal privacy.