The Justice Department announced Wednesday it would drop corruption charges against Ted Stevens, the 85-year old former Alaskan senator who was convicted for lying on financial disclosure forms. NPR's legal affairs reporter Nina Totenberg broke the news.
While some of President Obama's Cabinet picks have sailed through confirmation, others have hit snags, such as Tom Daschle's recent admission of past tax mistakes. Analysts mull the pitfalls of cabinet-building.
Attorney General nominee Eric Holder answered questions at his Senate confirmation hearing on wiretapping, defining torture, and his involvement in the Clinton Administration's controversial pardons. Analysts probe the major issues of Holder's hearing.
A Justice Department report released Monday concludes that former top agency officials broke the law by weighing applicants' political leanings when making hiring decisions. Experts examine the findings.
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Texas does not have to reopen the case of a Mexican national on death row, rebuking President Bush, and heard arguments in a terrorism detainee rights case. The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle explains…
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced Wednesday he would resign from office, after being linked to a prostitution ring on Monday. Spitzer cited "private failings" for his resignation. Legal experts examine the federal investigation that led to Spitzer's downfall.
Various New York lawmakers and newspapers called for Gov. Eliot Spitzer's resignation Tuesday, after he was linked to a prostitution ring Monday via a federal wiretap. Reporters discuss Spitzer's political career and the fallout from the scandal.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
The Senate voted 53-40 late Thursday night to confirm retired judge Michael Mukasey as the new attorney general. Mukasey succeeds Alberto Gonzales, who resigned in September.
By PBS NewsHour
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 11-8 in favor of Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey, sending his nomination to the Senate floor and virtually ensuring his confirmation.
Michael Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for U.S. attorney general, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a second day Thursday and was closely questioned on his views on interrogation tactics and torture. Legal experts assess the confirmation hearings.
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