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  1. A Conservative Plan to Weaponize the Federal Courts Op Ed, Yesterday

    Forcing a shift to the right by packing the courts with more Trump-appointed judges would undermine the judiciary’s legitimacy.

  2. Why Celebrities Are Rallying Behind Cyntoia Brown, a Woman Spending Life in Prison National, November 22

    Ms. Brown was 16 when she shot and killed a 43-year-old man who had hired her as a prostitute. Her supporters say she was a sex trafficking victim who deserves leniency.

  3. Justice at Last for the Youngest Inmates? Editorial, November 20

    The Supreme Court has narrowed the use of life sentences without parole for juveniles. Now it can end it for good.

  4. Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore Op Ed, November 20

    Well, not everything, but his ideas are no better than his behavior.

  5. 23 Years for Murder. He Didn’t Do it. What Went Wrong? Interactive, November 20

    Court documents and sworn affidavits show how the justice system failed 17-year-old Lamonte McIntyre.

  6. Kenya Court Upholds President’s Election Win Foreign, November 20

    Justices dismissed two petitions to overturn the victory last month by Uhuru Kenyatta, a decision that came after a weekend of unrest.

  7. Serving Extra Years in Prison, and the Courthouse Doors Are Closed Washington, November 20

    The Trump administration has said some inmates cannot challenge their unlawfully long prison sentences, reversing a long-held Justice Department position.

  8. Listen to ‘The Daily’: How Trump Is Reshaping the Judiciary Podcasts, November 20

    Republican lawyers and lawmakers are working together to install conservative judges at a rate not seen in decades.

  9. Steve Mostyn, Texas Democratic Fund-Raiser, Dies at 46 Obits, November 18

    Mr. Mostyn was at the center of a long effort to wrest political power from Republicans. Texas Democrats have not won a statewide office since 1994.

  10. Jeremy Hutchinson, a Top Lawyer in High-Profile Cases, Dies at 102 Obits, November 17

    As a leading British barrister he defended Penguin Books for publishing D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” which had been banned as indecent.

  11. We’re With Stupid Op Ed, November 17

    The problem is not the Russians — it’s us. A huge percentage of the population can’t tell fact from fiction.

  12. We Should All Learn the Constitution Letters, November 17

    A reader urges citizens to become “Constitution literate.”

  13. In Sex Crimes and Other Cases, Roy Moore Often Sided With Defendants National, November 17

    Roy Moore, while generally a deeply conservative judge, voted more often than most of his colleagues in favor of convicted criminals, including in sex abuse cases.

  14. A Growing Call to Limit Lawyers’ Donations to Prosecutors Metro, November 15

    After criticism in cases that involved the Trumps and Harvey Weinstein, the Manhattan district attorney says it’s time to limit contributions from defense lawyers.

  15. Restrictions Make Building a Team of Lawyers a Challenge for El Chapo Metro, November 15

    A legal team of private lawyers was assembled in August, but not all have signed on because of restrictions the government has placed on the Mexican drug lord.

  16. Why Companies Like Toys ‘R’ Us Love to Go Bust in Richmond, Va. Business, November 14

    The federal bankruptcy court in Virginia’s capital moves quickly, has expert judges and legal precedents that are favorable to companies, and a reputation for approving huge fees for lawyers.

  17. China Blocks Son of Human Rights Lawyer From Leaving Country Foreign, November 14

    Bao Zhuoxuan, 18, was stopped en route to Japan and told that he posed a “risk to national security” while abroad, his father said.

  18. Justices Take Cases on Free Speech at Pregnancy Centers and Polling Places Washington, November 13

    One case asks whether centers operated by abortion opponents must provide information on the procedure. The other is on political apparel at polling places.

  19. Guantánamo Is Delaying Justice for 9/11 Families Op Ed, November 13

    Despite years of hearings, five legal teams, and thousands of pages of pretrial motions, closure remains elusive.

  20. In Barcelona, Rajoy Calls for Record Turnout to Defeat Secessionism Foreign, November 12

    In his first visit to Catalonia since taking control of the restive region, the Spanish prime minister urged Catalans to vote next month for a return to “normality.”

  21. Trump Nominee for Federal Judgeship Has Never Tried a Case Express, November 11

    The nominee, Brett Talley, was approved by a Senate committee despite his unanimous “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.

  22. President Trump, Please Read the Constitution Interactive, November 11

    The president appears to know little and care less about the nation’s charter.

  23. Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How. Washington, November 11

    Republican lawyers and lawmakers are working together to install conservative judges on the influential federal appeals courts at a clip not seen in decades.

  24. The Power of the Courts Is Messing Up Politics Op Ed, November 11

    Swollen beyond constitutional recognition, they distort the way elections are contested.

  25. For Harvey Weinstein, a New York Lawyer With a List of Celebrity Clients Metro, November 9

    Benjamin Brafman, who has represented Sean Combs and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is known for his skillful cross-examinations.

  26. Henry Christensen III, Key Lawyer in Astor Case, Dies at 72 Obits, November 9

    Mr. Christensen, who represented Brooke Astor, was esteemed but largely unknown outside his field until her son was accused of defrauding her.

  27. Germany Must Allow Third Gender Category, Court Rules Foreign, November 8

    The country’s constitutional court ruled that officials must create a gender-neutral option to ensure individuals’ rights.

  28. Why the Tally of the Church Shooting’s Victims Included a Fetus National, November 8

    Whether an unborn baby is legally a separate victim of murder from its mother varies from state to state, and is tangled up in the debate over when life begins.

  29. Weinstein Work Pulls Lawyer Back Into an Ethical Debate Business, November 7

    David Boies, known for Bush v. Gore but also aggressive battles for businesses, is drawing fire for helping Harvey Weinstein draft a contract to hire private investigators.

  30. New York Voters Reject a Constitutional Convention Metro, November 7

    Voters decline to initiate a gathering to consider revisions to New York State’s founding document.

  31. Let the People Pick the President Editorial, November 7

    All people are created equal. Why aren’t their votes?

  32. Justices Allow Execution of Inmate Who Cannot Recall His Crime Washington, November 6

    The Supreme Court said cases barring execution of mentally ill inmates do not apply to sane ones who cannot recall what they did.

  33. Where to Draw Line on Free Speech? Wedding Cake Case Vexes Lawyers Washington, November 6

    The case of a Colorado baker who refused to serve a gay couple on free speech grounds poses a test for First Amendment experts.

  34. New York Voters Can Make Crooked Politicians Pay Editorial, November 5

    A ballot measure would amend the state constitution to let judge dock the pensions of convicted officials.

  35. When Susan B. Anthony’s ‘Little Band of 9 Ladies’ Voted Illegally Express, November 5

    The New York Times covered the moment on Nov. 5, 1872 — sort of. A one-paragraph news item the next day ran under the heading “Minor Topics.”

  36. Following Trump’s Lead, Republicans Grow Quiet on Guantánamo Washington, November 4

    As the military commission system has struggled to bring terrorism suspects to justice, civilian courts have been much more effective.

  37. On Trial: GRE v. LSAT Interactive, November 3

    A handful of prestigious law schools, for the first time this admissions cycle, are allowing applicants to submit GRE scores instead of LSAT scores. This issue's Pop Quiz: sample questions from both.

  38. White Nationalist Richard Spencer Is Barred From Speaking at a Federal Building Washington, November 2

    The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s private management company cited security concerns in denying Mr. Spencer the space.

  39. Trump Calls Terrorism Trial Process ‘a Joke,’ Despite Hundreds of Convictions Washington, November 2

    President Trump bemoaned the slow speed of terrorism cases and weak punishments for suspects, but experts say and data show swift and severe action.

  40. The Roles of Men and New York State in Women’s Suffrage N.Y. / Region, November 1

    Almost 100 years ago, a state constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote passed in New York, laying the groundwork for the 19th amendment. Two new books explore this time in history.

  41. The Roles of Men and New York State in Women’s Suffrage Metropolitan, November 1

    Almost 100 years ago, a state constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote passed in New York, laying the groundwork for the 19th amendment. Two new books explore this time in history.

  42. Constitutional Convention: Thanks, but No Thanks Editorial, October 31

    Vote “no” on New York Ballot Proposal 1. A convention would not accomplish anything that New York lawmakers couldn’t already do on their own.

  43. A Refusal to Compromise? Civil War Historians Beg to Differ Culture, October 31

    Historians respond to John Kelly’s claim that “the lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War.

  44. Trump Can Pardon Manafort. He Shouldn’t. Op Ed, October 31

    Alexander Hamilton would not approve.

  45. Heng on Japan’s Parliamentary Elections and Constitution Op Ed, October 29

    Victory in this month’s elections fueled the Prime Minister’s hopes to alter the constitution.

  46. A 40-Foot Cross Has Honored War Dead for 90 Years. Is It Unlawful? Washington, October 29

    An appeals court ruled against the longstanding monument in Maryland, potentially setting up a Supreme Court decision on when religious symbols can be on public property.

  47. Catalonia’s Ousted Leader Calls for Peaceful Defiance Foreign, October 28

    Carles Puigdemont, fired by the Spanish national government, insisted that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was removing a democratically elected administration.

  48. How Twitter Killed the First Amendment Op Ed, October 27

    The amendment has withered in the face of troll armies, government censorship and fake news. Can anything be done?

  49. Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence Foreign, October 27

    Spain’s prime minister said the central government would take control of Catalonia, and he dissolved the regional parliament and ordered new elections.

  50. Catalonia’s Independence Showdown With Spain, in Photographs Foreign, October 27

    As lawmakers in Madrid and Barcelona passed dueling measures, Spain careened into its greatest constitutional crisis since embracing democracy in 1978.

  51. Australian Government Rejects Move for Indigenous ‘Recognition’ Foreign, October 27

    The government said a proposal to create body representing Indigenous people would have failed if brought to a vote in a national referendum.

  52. Fear vs. Hope: Battle Lines Drawn Over a Constitutional Convention Metro, October 26

    A constitutional convention could go a long way to addressing the dysfunction in Albany, but not everyone is in favor of having one.