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  • August 22, 2016  

    Just in time for the start of school, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s directive regarding transgender bathrooms and locker rooms. That rule said that students should be able to choose the facilities that match their gender identity. William Brangham talks with Education Week’s Evie Blad about how schools are responding. Continue reading

  • August 13, 2016  

    A new analysis of federal court cases published last week by The New York Times shows that jury trials are becoming increasingly less common. In 1997, 3,200 out of 63,000 federal defendants were convicted in jury trials. But by 2015, even as the number of defendants grew to 81,000, jury convictions dropped to 1,650. Benjamin Weiser of The New York Times joins William Brangham from Maine. Continue reading

  • February 17, 2015  

    President Obama’s executive actions on immigration have been delayed after a federal judge in Texas ruled it didn’t follow proper legal procedure. Alan Gomez of USA Today and Stephen Legomsky of Washington University Law School join Judy Woodruff to discuss what may happen in the courts and how it affects the millions of people who were supposed to be shielded from deportation. Continue reading

  • November 4, 2014   BY  

    Three federal appeals court judges struggle to decide if National Security Agency’s phone data surveillance program is a necessary intelligence-gathering tool or an intrusion of privacy. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2014  

    The trial for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, opened on Friday in New York, making him the most senior al-Qaida operative to be tried in federal court. Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaida. How is his case playing out in the courtroom? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Chris Matthews, who is covering the case for the Wall Street Journal, about the details of the trial. Continue reading

  • January 23, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, newly elected Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Virginia will no longer defend its ban on same-sex marriage, believing the law is unconstitutional. Also, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani promised more moderate policies for his country at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Continue reading

  • August 27, 2012  

    In other news Monday, after a federal jury awarded Apple over $1 billion for patent infringement, Apple has asked the court to ban the U.S. sale of eight Samsung smartphone models. Also, Margaret Warner reports on how the Syrian conflict between rebel opposition and the Assad regime has triggered violence in neighboring Lebanon. Continue reading

  • August 13, 2012  

    In other news Monday, U.S. House Republicans went to federal court to press Attorney General Eric Holder for records related to a gun-tracking investigation in Arizona, known as ‘Operation Fast and Furious.’ Also, Syrian rebels in eastern Syria claimed to have shot down a government fighter plane and captured its pilot. Continue reading

  • August 7, 2012  

    Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty to a 2011 shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Jeffrey Brown talks to Loyola Law School’s Laurie Levenson about the plea, which will spare victims going through a trial and rule out the death penalty. Continue reading

  • July 12, 2010  

    The Obama administration is pushing for a revised offshore drilling moratorium as a new containment cap is installed on a leaking oil well in the Gulf. Continue reading

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