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Blog: The Docket

The Prospect's legal affairs blog

Taking issue with George Will's arguments against Pamela Karlan's essay on the Supreme Court's contempt of Congress. Read more

Law and Justice

The Supreme Court looks at a new case that could make or break class-action suits. Read more

Health and Social Policy

What the Petraeus scandal tells us about our own privacy vulnerabilities in the digital age. Read more

Law and Justice

Clapper v. Amnesty International takes on warrantless wiretapping. Read more

Law and Justice

The problem with giving "emergency" powers to the executive branch? Once claimed, they are too rarely surrendered. Read more

Law and Justice

The Second Circuit strikes against the DOMA, bringing it that much closer to the Supreme Court. Read more

Law and Justice

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Nine years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed the value of cultivating a diverse student body. Don't expect it to remember that this time around. Read more

Law and Justice

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A roundup of the biggest cases likely to be heard by the most powerful judicial body in the land in the upcoming year Read more

Law and Justice

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Jeffrey Toobin's new book highlights the role party politics have played in shaping our federal legal system. Read more

Law and Justice

A Federal judge issued a permenant injunction against part of the National Defense Authorization Act this week. Read more

Law and Justice

Why hasn't the Obama administration tried to prosecute any Bush-era torture crimes? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Joe Posnanski's new book on the Penn State coach fails to hold him accountable for the Sandusky scandal. Read more

Books

The Supreme Court justices may disagree with the affirmative action policies challenged in Fisher v. UT Austin, but there is no doubt that they are constitutional and have been effective in making Texas' university system more racially and socioeconomically diverse. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Transparency should be the default rule when the White House is contemplating executive privilege. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

How do you prevent cruel and unusual punishment when no one is willing to enforce the rules? Read more

Law and Justice

Corporations suing corporations—not individuals suing corporations—is the real sign that our patent system needs fixing. Read more

Energy and the Environment

Republican-controlled state legislatures are passing a wave of restrictions on abortion. Now the courts are backing them up. Read more

Law and Justice

Supporters of the gay community can make their case without violating their opponents' right to free speech. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Landmark civil liberties cases often lack a broad base of support, which gives the Court plenty of political cover Read more

Law and Justice

Justice Scalia goes on Piers Morgan and tries to defend himself. Read more

Law and Justice