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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: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

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DHS Wants To Build A Computer System To Help Determine Who Gets To Visit The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

Can a computer tell if you're going to be a productive member of society? Can it tell if you're a terrorist? The Department of Homeland Security is trying to answer these questions. The agency hopes to build a computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the U.S., but that idea has some techies worried.

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Hopes Investigation Will Change Fraternity Culture Across The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

A Pennsylvania grand jury has issued a scathing report about Pennsylvania State University's failed oversight of campus Greek organizations. The report follows the hazing death of a 19-year-old pledge in February.

Long Island Woman Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money To Support ISIS

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:29:00 -0500

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, allegedly bought more than $60,000 in cryptocurrency, got a $22,000 loan and then transferred the money abroad. The Justice Department says she intended to join ISIS in Syria.

Court Decision Could Force Changes To ATF's Undercover Operations

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

In U.S. District Court in Chicago, nine federal judges continue a first-of-its kind hearing to determine if phony drug stash house stings run by federal agents are racially biased.

On His Way to Speak At FBI, Trump Slams The Bureau And Opens Door To Pardoning Flynn

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Before speaking at the FBI National Academy on Friday, Trump said it's "a shame what's happened" at the agency. He also called the Russia probe a "Democrat hoax" and claimed there was "no collusion."

Federal Investigation Finds 'Significant Issues' At Immigrant Detention Centers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:09:36 -0500

An inspector general's report says immigrant detainees' rights, health and safety are compromised in four facilities. In response, ICE agrees to strengthen oversight and improve conditions.

Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:38:09 -0500

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas received 18 years in prison.

The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now The Farmers Are Suing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:28:00 -0500

At issue is the Trump administration's withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers, who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.

Use Of The Death Penalty In U.S. Near A 25-Year Low, Report Finds

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:51 -0500

Executions of death row inmates occurred in only eight states in 2017 as public support for capital punishment wanes, according to an annual report by the Death Penalty Information Center.

Money Is Flowing Into State Supreme Court Races, Study Says

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:40:00 -0500

Analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy group, finds spending on state court races with elected judges is spiking, and that sources for many of the donations aren't transparent.

How A Trial In A Federal Courthouse In Manhattan Is Riveting The Turkish Government

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Star witnesses have testified that the scheme of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran was broader, and possibly involved the Turkish President. Enrollment Ends Friday. Sign-Ups Likely To Trail Last Year's

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:03:00 -0500

A shorter enrollment period and big cuts in the federal budget for outreach are taking a toll, say those helping with health insurance sign-ups. Deadlines for most state exchanges are a little later.

White House: Nomination Of Alabama Lawyer Brett Talley 'Will Not Be Moving Forward'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:16:00 -0500

Brett Talley had been rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association in part because he had not tried a case or argued a motion in federal court.

Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against NYC Subway Bombing Suspect Akayed Ullah

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:20:00 -0500

Prosecutors say Akayed Ullah posted an update to his Facebook account on Monday that stated, "Trump you failed to protect your nation."

Deadline Is Friday For Most ACA Insurance Sign-Ups, With Important Exceptions

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:01 -0500

Some people looking for 2018 insurance under the Affordable Care Act may have a little longer to sign up — for example, in states and U.S. territories hit by this year's hurricanes.