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NPR stories on legal issues, court rulings, Supreme Court hearings, new laws and government investigations. Download the NPR Justice Talking podcast and subscribe to the Legal Affairs RSS feed.

Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

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The Call-In: Answering Your Questions About 'Sanctuary Cities'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

There's no legal definition for a "sanctuary city," but that doesn't stop people from using the term. We answer listeners' questions about what it means to be a sanctuary city.

A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

Decades ago, Garden City, Kan., embraced the meat industry, and immigrants flocked there for jobs. The city worked hard to absorb newcomers, but now its economy and diverse community are in jeopardy.

Norma McCorvey, Roe Of Landmark 'Roe V. Wade' Ruling On Abortion, Dies At 69

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500

McCorvey, who adopted the pseudonym Jane Roe in the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1973, was a champion for abortion rights activists and — later in life — for their opponents, as well.

DeVos Spars With Teachers, Trump On Autism And More Education Stories Of The Week

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

With Secretary Betsy DeVos rolling up her sleeves and joining President Donald Trump to talk with educators and parents, Washington, D.C., is at the center of a lot of education news this week.

First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:03:00 -0500

After years of declining numbers, hate crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are rising exponentially. But good statistics are hard to come by.

'ProPublica' Reveals Risks Of Reporting Domestic Violence In Connecticut

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with ProPublica reporter Sarah Smith about why victims of domestic violence risk arrest if they report it in Connecticut.

Local Police Departments Invest In Cell Phone Spy Tools

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

As we depend on our cell phones more and more, the tools to peek into our phones are getting better. Local police departments across the country are investing heavily in this technology. And, with few laws governing what police can collect and store, that has a lot of privacy advocates alarmed. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to City Lab reporter George Joseph about the spread of tools that let police collect cell phone data.

When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:36:00 -0500

If the Colorado newspaper files a lawsuit, legal experts say it would be the first of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.

Court Strikes Down Florida Law Barring Doctors From Discussing Guns With Patients

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:04:00 -0500

A federal appeals court ruled that part of the state's "Docs vs. Glocks" law limiting what doctors can ask patients about guns in the home violates the First Amendment right to free speech.

The Environmental Consequences Of A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:00 -0500

Discussions of a border wall happen at the intersection of environmental and civil rights.

S.C. Man Is Accused Of Trying To Emulate Attack On Charleston Church

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:48:00 -0500

A 29-year-old man was arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C., accused of buying a gun and ammunition as part of a plan to carry out a white supremacist attack "in the spirit of Dylann Roof."

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman On Fighting Trump Travel Ban

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about his legal challenges to the White House's travel ban and other ways he is opposing President Trump's agenda.

Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

A rural road in northern New York has become a magnet for migrants who no longer want to stay in the U.S. Growing numbers are stepping into Canada, knowing Mounties immediately will arrest them.

ICE Detains Alleged Victim Of Domestic Abuse At Texas Courthouse

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:33:00 -0500

A Texas prosecutor says immigration agents violated the sanctity of a courthouse to detain a woman who was seeking a protective order against her boyfriend.

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Florist Broke Anti-Discrimination Law

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:31:00 -0500

The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a florist who declined to do the flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding broke the state's anti-discrimination law.