In other news, at least 17 civilians were killed in two separate bombings in Iraq, and the Justice Department is expected to recommend against prosecuting lawyers who authorized harsh interrogations.
The Obama administration decided Thursday to make public a series of long-secret Bush-era memos detailing the legal justification for harsh interrogation tactics used on terrorism suspects. NPR's Ari Shapiro updates the story.
Columnist Mark Shields and editor Rich Lowry analyze the week's political news, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates' military budget priorities and two more states allowing same-sex couples to marry.
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.
By PBS NewsHour
The Justice Department has asked a judge to throw out a jury's corruption conviction of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens after prosecutors withheld evidence from his defense team.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy called for a nonpartisan "truth commission" to investigate the Bush administration's policies on interrogation of terror detainees. Kwame Holman reports.
In Friday's other news, alleged al Quaida suspect Ali Al-Marri will be transferred to the U.S. civilian court system to stand trial after 5 years in a military brig and the Dow Jones Industrial and the Nasdaq each finished the…
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
Just hours after taking office, President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors to halt all pending cases in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals for 120 days, a clear shift from the policies of the Bush administration.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
Five of six Algerians must be released after nearly seven years of captivity in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, a federal judge ruled Thursday in the first case of its kind.
After the Justice Department issued a report to investigate the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a criminal prosecutor. NPR's justice correspondent Ari Shapiro explains.
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