The Supreme Court is a leading player in enacting policy in the US. But it has no army to enforce its decisions; its authority rests solely on its legitimacy.
The discovery of oil and gas made members of the Osage Nation among the richest people in the world. But it also made them targets for exploitation.
The execution of Lisa Montgomery in the U.S. earlier this year demonstrates how society misunderstands the effects of mental illness and trauma on criminal behaviour.
Reform-minded prosecutors across the US notched victories against traditional law-and-order candidates by running on progressive platforms to reduce mass incarceration and tackle police misconduct.
The judicial theory has been a major talking point during the past three Supreme Court nominations. But what does it actually mean?
If successful, Barrett would become the seventh current Supreme Court justice to be raised a Catholic, but more importantly the sixth conservative Christian.
Could defiance of court orders at the highest level undermine the Constitution’s authority in the eyes of American citizens?
The question facing justices isn’t whether the president had the authority to rescind DACA. Rather, it is: Was he honest in his reasons why?
Conflict made its way to the Supreme Court this past session with two cases – one about the census, the other about gerrymandering. A court scholar says the two cases are intimately connected.
Taxation is not the only financial burden for overseas Americans.
Mueller’s report describes more than a dozen times Trump may have broken the law. Here’s how Congress will decide whether the president obstructed justice during federal probes into his presidency.
Intimacy with robots is closer than you think, and cities are already fighting the advent of sexbot brothels. Yet society has barely begun to explore their implications.
Why ‘unconstitutional’ anti-FGM law was set on a collision course with US supreme law.
‘Unconstitutional’ US anti-FGM law shows urgent need to prevent all child genital cutting
A neuroscientist explains how detention can affect a developing mind, as a new law in California sets the highest age limit in the US for minors to be held criminally responsible, at age 12.
US law says the president can’t be indicted, an echo of ancient Roman law. The efforts Roman leader Julius Caesar made to maintain his immunity is a cautionary tale for America’s political system.
Trump’s former personal lawyer broke two laws that control political spending, both passed after major election scandals. President Roosevelt survived his campaign’s misdeeds. Nixon did not.
In 1987, Anthony Kennedy was nominated to end a titanic Supreme Court fight. Could his putative successor trigger another one?
Privacy rules enacted in Europe are affecting companies – and their customers and users – all around the world.
Most people know that the First Amendment protects free speech. But two upcoming Supreme Court cases reveal how it also gives people in the US the right not to speak.
If Americans remember My Lai, they likely know that something awful happened there. On this 50th anniversary, it is worth recalling the grotesque details, in the hope of preventing a future My Lai.