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Documentary exposes ugly truths of capital punishment in Perry’s Texas

Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, Jr., the directors of a new documentary about a potentially innocent man executed in Texas under Gov. Rick Perry, say that they “feel validated” by recent events, like the execution of Troy Davis and voters’ enthusiastic reaction to Perry’s death penalty record, “because the things…

Paris prosecutor taking on new Strauss-Kahn allegations

PARIS/NEWYORK (Reuters) – The Paris prosecutor’s office said on Friday it has opened a preliminary inquiry into a complaint filed by French writer Tristane Banon alleging an attempted rape by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The case throws up a new headache for the Frenchman, who is in New York…

Group: Supreme Court justices ‘participated in political strategy sessions’ before Citizens United

On the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, which overturned nearly a century of restrictions on campaign spending, a progressive group has asked the Department of Justice to look into “conflicts of interest” two justices may have had when issuing the ruling. In a petition to…

Supreme Court strikes down challenge to Obama’s health overhaul

The Supreme Court has turned down the first preliminary challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The decision Monday to reject an appeal from a former Republican state lawmaker in California was no surprise because a federal appeals court has yet to consider the case. The high court almost…

Money laundering case against DeLay moving forward

DeLay heads to Texas court in money laundering case, days after DOJ ends probe without charges. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is moving to the next round in his fight against criminal indictments in Texas, where he faces money laundering and conspiracy charges. DeLay and two co-defendants were indicted…

Complexities may deadlock former Gov. Blagojevich jurors

Complexities of corruption case against former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich may deadlock jurors Jurors who have spent the last 11 days deliberating in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have been able to listen to more than 100 excerpts of wiretap tapes, look through any notes they…

Grayson takes on corporate campaign spending

Florida House Rep. says imminent SCOTUS decision ‘a potential threat to our democracy’ Responding to a Supreme Court case that could result in most of the US’s restrictions on campaign spending being tossed off the books, US House Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has introduced a series of bills that would…

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