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A federal grand jury has charged two Louisiana judges with taking bribes to give light sentences.
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The Supreme Court wrestled with how to give judges discretion to impose shorter prison terms, including for some crack cocaine crimes, without abandoning the long-standing national goal of similar punishments for similar crimes.
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One has standing to challenge his own pat-down, even if he does not have standing in the place searched.
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Man freed after 12 years for rape he didn't commit.

Jurors rejected a defense attorney's argument that the prosecution of a polygamous sect leader was religious persecution, convicting him as an accomplice to rape for forcing a 14-year-old follower to marry her 19-year-old cousin.

The mother of a 14-year-old who authorities say had a cache of guns, knives and explosive devices in his bedroom for a possible school attack was charged Friday with buying her son three weapons.

Man steals donut and faces 30 years to life.

A court of peers for teen offenders: Student prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors help decide a fair sentence for first-time misdemeanor defendants.

Read and hear the testimony of former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and former US Attorney Doug Jones during the House Judiciary Committee’s joint hearing on allegations of selective federal prosecution, held on October 23, 2007.

Listen to audio commentary, originally aired on NPR on October 25, 2007, of the role of military Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) officers on the modern battlefield: their role in advising commanders on rules of engagement, targeting, the Law of War, and tactical decision-making, in addition to their customary positions as prosecutors and defense attorneys.
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