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Easton Woodhead has been found not guilty of murder on the basis of mental impairment, but he did not walk free from the court. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

How the insanity defence against a murder charge works

Despite the many people with mental illness who go to prison, successful defences of mental impairment are rare. But this is not a 'get out of jail free' card and should be more accessible.
Marching against abortion. Monica Elizabeth

Are antiabortion activists winning?

The Supreme Court just blocked one of the hundreds of abortion restrictions introduced over the past year. So what do these news laws signal about the future of reproductive rights in the US?
A protestor outside the Supreme Court during the oral argument for Obergefell v Hodges. Ted Eytan/flickr

The surprises in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision

What are the consequences of defining marriage as a "fundamental liberty"? And what difference will this ruling make to discrimination against gays and lesbians in other areas of life?
People in Columbia, SC speak out. Perry B McLeod

Is the Confederate flag unconstitutional?

Does the Confederate flag tell African American citizens that they are inferior? And if so, does that violate the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
Jubilant scenes from Ireland’s ‘Yes’ cohort after a referendum victory that is echoing around the world. AAP/Aiden Crawley

Irish vote could be a green light for a social revolution worldwide

The impact of Ireland's affirmative vote on marriage equality is getting attention from all around the world. Will the result create a "social revolution" as some are suggesting?
Should the EPA figure the cost of reducing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants for health reasons? Adam

Justices debate benefits and costs of EPA mercury power plant rule

A Supreme Court case could undo a key piece of the Obama's environmental agenda, which hinges on whether the EPA should consider the costs of air pollution controls from coal plants.
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Dark money: Five years after Citizens United

This week’s news brings an important “ah hah” moment. The conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries and their political network of donors and opaque outside groups are…
The US Supreme Court will consider whether state bans on same-sex marriage are constitutional. Flickr/vpickering

Court to rule on same-sex marriage and American freedom

The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to hear four cases about same-sex marriage. Essentially, this means that, having previously avoided doing so, the court will finally consider whether or not same-sex…

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