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Locking away the innocent

Locking away the innocent

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The case of Ryan Ferguson, the Missouri man freed after spending 10 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, shows that the nation's justice system, one of the fairest in the world, occasionally convicts the innocent, puts them in prison and throws away the key. Does the U.S. Supreme Court give a damn?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
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Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Judges appointed to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are largely conservatives with experience in the executive branch, an analysis has found.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 19, 2013.
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Affirmative action living on the edge

Affirmative action living on the edge

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, before going on recess last month, narrowed affirmative action in college admissions as much as it possibly could without killing it. A case accepted for argument next term not only threatens big trouble for what remains of race-based preferential admissions, but for gender-based admissions policies as well.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The FBI and the rest of a crack U.S. interrogation team wanted to question the remaining marathon bombing suspect in his Boston hospital room without his lawyer because of what they fear: undiscovered explosive devices that could still kill and possible accomplices who might decide to carry out more terror.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Do cases sound death knell for affirmative action?

Do cases sound death knell for affirmative action?

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- While the Texas case on affirmative action in college admissions is still pending, the U.S. Supreme Court surprisingly agreed last week to hear an affirmative action case out of Michigan that promises to be a genuine mover and shaker.
Nation marks 40th anniversary of Roe

Nation marks 40th anniversary of Roe

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The nation marked the 40th anniversary last week of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman's right to an abortion -- but the debates over abortion, and over the so-called morning after pill which some consider abortion, are far from over.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Bill Suter stepping down after 22 years

Bill Suter stepping down after 22 years

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An earthquake of sorts struck Capitol Hill last week, though many working in that seat of government were unaware of it. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that William Suter, retired Army major general, was stepping down after 22 years as clerk.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Drones in the sky over America

Drones in the sky over America

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- They're coming: In a few years the skies over the United States will be filled with hundreds if not thousands of of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, doing a variety of tasks -- border security, disaster relief, search and rescue, counter-terrorism and looking down on people and streets on behalf of police departments.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 19, 2012.
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When children commit murder

When children commit murder

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Nearly 10 years ago, in Lawrence County, Ala., a 14-year-old boy holding a baseball bat stood over a man he had robbed and repeatedly beaten, telling him, "I am God, I've come to take your life."
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept 5, 2007.
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