Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
President Donald Trump speaks at the White House.
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The rule of law can take on different meanings depending whom you ask and where you are – but in the US it pretty much means one thing.
Pro-statehood supporters at the seaside Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Over the years, Puerto Ricans have in fact been granted three different types of U.S. citizenship, but questions about their rights and equal treatment as citizens still remain.
Protests after death of a 36-year-old woman in custody at immigration detention facility in Arizona.
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A short history of legal challenges to immigrant detention practices in the U.S. may shed light on what's to come for the new administration.
One Republican member of the Electoral College has said he will not cast his vote for Donald Trump on December 19.
The Electoral College has survived 227 years and, arguably, has never truly been needed. Now would be a good time to use it.
Immigrant families attend an education forum in Los Angeles.
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A public health researcher and advocate explains how immigration raids can impact mental and physical health, and trigger a breakdown of trust and safety in communities across the US.
How can justice be blind to race?
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
Down to eight: the US Supreme Court.
President Obama's opponents are saying he should leave the choice of a Supreme Court justice to his successor. But that could leave the nation's highest court in limbo.
Upon purchasing a product, many consumers will sign contracts that contain gag clauses in the fine print.
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Companies have increasingly been using hidden gag clauses, in which customers unwittingly sign away their rights to post online reviews after purchasing a product.
Obama makes a statement about the shootings in Oregon on Oct. 1, 2015.
Researchers explain why gun violence is a public health emergency, why parent often underestimate how easily their kids could access a gun – and why we know so little about how to solve this problem.
For Lauri Love, being treated as a terrorist is no laughing matter.
When political activists are treated like terrorists who plot and kill, state power is misdirected.
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The bans on gay marriage in 13 states across America have been ruled unconstitutional.
Australian David Hicks has had his conviction for providing material support to terrorist organisations overturned in the US.
Based on the Abbott government’s stance to date, there seems little chance of David Hicks receiving an effective remedy – at least not voluntarily
The US Supreme Court will consider whether state bans on same-sex marriage are constitutional.
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…
A grand jury decision not to indict a police officer over the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests and questions over the system’s efficacy.
The idea of the grand jury is already familiar to many Australians through American television legal drama. But its profile just skyrocketed with a grand jury deciding not to indict policeman Darren Wilson…
Stand Your Ground laws, used as a defence in high-profile US murder trials, implicitly justify a new breed of vigilante who has little regard for human life.
Earlier this week, a Florida court began hearing arguments in the murder trial of an older, white man accused of murdering an African-American teenager. If you think this sounds familiar, you’re right…
Grubby, mean and out for your ideas. Patent trolls are on the prowl.
For a country that has long been a staunch defender of intellectual property rights, the US has struggled in recent years to get to grips with the menace of a new breed of patent holders, pejoratively…
A US Supreme Court decision last week damaged the legal options for holding corporations to account for human rights and environmental abuses.
The US Supreme Court has handed down a landmark decision that will have drawn sighs of relief from corporate boardrooms in Australia and around the world. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum was brought by…