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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: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:02 -0500

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Why Police Shooting Trials Put Juries In A Bind

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:06:02 -0500

After a mistrial in the police shooting of Walter Scott, University of South Carolina law professor Seth Stoughton discusses the complications and biases surrounding many police-involved shootings.

Strange Calling Error Suggests Reporter Stumbled Upon Cuba Target Of Phone Fraud

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:27:00 -0500

When Atlantic reporter Sarah Zhang tried to call Cuba, she got an error message, followed by a recording of War of the Worlds. She tells NPR's Scott Simon, she stumbled into a kind of telecom fraud.

Jury Shown Video Of Dylann Roof's Confession: 'We All Know I'm Guilty'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:27:00 -0500

Jurors in Dylann Roof's federal trial got to hear from the Charleston church shooting suspect firsthand. Prosecutors played his FBI interrogation tape that was recorded in 2015.

Lawrence Lessig Offers Free Legal Aid To Anti-Trump Electors

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:27:00 -0500

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig will support members of the Electoral College who don't cast their vote the president-elect. NPR's Scott Simon asks him why he's decided to take up this cause.

This Week In Race: Racism, Racism And, To Salve Your Soul, John Legend

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:52:00 -0500

Everywhere we looked in the news this week — in prisons, politics, online — we found strains of racism. It even shows up from beyond the grave.

In Taped Confession, Charleston Church Shooter Says 'We All Know I Am Guilty'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:34:00 -0500

The man accused of murdering nine people in the basement of a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., told FBI investigators he was motivated by racial hatred.

Jury Views Dylann Roof's Confession At Charleston Church Shooting Trial

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:14 -0500

In the federal Charleston, S.C., church shooting trial Friday, jurors heard Dylann Roof's taped interrogation. In it, he confessed to killing the nine parishioners.

Actress Sofia Vergara Sued By Her Own Frozen Embryos

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

A lawsuit has been filed against actress Sofia Vergara on behalf of her two frozen embryos. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Susan Crockin, who teaches assisted reproductive law at Georgetown University Law School.

Alabama Execution Raises Questions About Drug Used In Lethal Injections

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

The execution of Ronald Bert Smith, Jr. in Alabama is raising more questions about a controversial drug used as a sedative in lethal injections. According to Kent Faulk, a reporter for the Birmingham News who witnessed the execution, Smith heaved and coughed 13 minutes into his execution.

Washington State Dairy Workers Challenge Their Exemption From Overtime Pay

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:33:00 -0500

The dairy industry runs 24/7, but federal law excludes its workers from overtime pay. A new class-action lawsuit in Washington state is the latest challenge to that law.

Alabama Inmate Coughed, Heaved For About 13 Minutes During Execution

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:53:00 -0500

Ronald Bert Smith Jr. died by lethal injection late Thursday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay his execution. A judge sentenced Smith to die for murdering a man in 1994.

NPR News Nuggets: Purple Lights, Christmas Cheer & Top Selling CD Of 2016

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:23:00 -0500

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Dylann Roof Jury Sees Images Of Church Mass Shooting Aftermath

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:31:00 -0500

Bibles and white tablecloths, as well as the bodies of victims and pools of blood, appear in photos of the Emanuel AME Church basement presented by prosecutors Thursday in Charleston, S.C.

Trump's Campaign Rhetoric Signals Possible Shift On Civil Rights

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

From LGBT issues to police shootings, civil rights has been the story of the Obama Justice Department. NPR takes a look at what Donald Trump's civil rights team might make a priority.

Military-Trained Police May Be Less Hasty To Shoot, But That Got This Vet Fired

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:41:00 -0500

A Marine-turned-cop was fired after he did not shoot a man who had a gun. His Marine training led him to believe there wasn't clear hostile intent; his bosses say he risked other officers' lives.