Michael Doyle

Another federal judge slaps treatment of Guantanamo inmates

A federal judge on Thursday called a halt to genital pat-downs of Guantanamo Bay detainees who are meeting with attorneys. | 07/11/13 17:11:45 By - By Michael Doyle and Carol Rosenberg

A danger in the future? Murder suspect’s life may depend on it

Federal prosecutors predict future dangers if Samuel Richard Stone is allowed to live. Accused of a gruesome 2003 murder at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Stone is scheduled to face trial next year. Fresno-based prosecutors have Justice Department approval to seek the death penalty if Stone is convicted, based in part on claims of his “future dangerousness.” It’s a crystal-ball kind of claim that’s given courts, scholars and lawyers some pause in the past. | 07/10/13 17:02:50 By - By Michael Doyle

Yosemite plan to cut amenities draws GOP ire on Capitol Hill

Conservative lawmakers used harsh rhetoric Tuesday to denounce a Yosemite National Park plan that they say would exclude park visitors. | 07/09/13 16:51:35 By - By Michael Doyle

Judge: I can’t stop Guantanamo force-feeding, but Obama can

A federal judge voiced sympathy Monday for Guantanamo Bay detainees but said she was powerless to stop force-feeding by U.S. authorities. | 07/08/13 18:38:39 By - By Michael Doyle

California convict gets another chance to escape death row

Richard L. Phillips has learned a lot about the law in the decades since a Madera County murder landed him on California’s death row. Now, with a nudge from the U.S. Supreme Court, the 63-year-old Phillips will try again to save his own life. In a case study of legal persistence, he’s secured another trial for part of a crime that occurred nearly 36 years ago. His murder conviction is not in question, but his future is. | 07/05/13 00:00:00 By - By Michael Doyle

California’s high-speed rail traveling a difficult political track

California’s high-speed rail plan is heading for some “Perils of Pauline” moments on Capitol Hill. | 06/28/13 18:16:16 By - By Michael Doyle

Some effects of Supreme Court rulings felt at once, others take years

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia got it right. As the conservative jurist noted again this week, the court plants seeds with every decision, sometimes regardless of assurances to the contrary. And though the Supreme Court’s 2012 term ended with a flourish Wednesday, the 78 decisions issued since last October will shape the legal and political landscape for years to come. | 06/27/13 17:47:09 By - By Michael Doyle

Same-sex marriage victory creates new challenges

The Supreme Court made history Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality, in California and nationwide. In a pair of highly anticipated decisions, the divided court effectively undercut California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Separately, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married couples federal benefits. Together, the rulings provide an emphatic, if incomplete, win for advocates of same-sex marriage. | 06/26/13 18:47:20 By - By Michael Doyle

Supreme Court strikes down key part of Defense of Marriage Act, dismisses Prop 8

The Supreme Court on Wednesday made history with two victories for marriage equality, both in California and nationwide. | 06/25/13 18:19:07 By - By Michael Doyle

After Supreme Court ruling on voting rights, now it’s Congress’ turn

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a centerpiece of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a marked victory for Southern states and conservatives that also poses a steep challenge for Congress. | 06/25/13 19:05:36 By - By Michael Doyle and William Douglas

Private property advocates cheer Supreme Court ruling

A legal dispute that started with Florida wetlands ended Tuesday in a Supreme Court victory for conservatives and private property advocates nationwide. | 06/25/13 15:04:17 By - By Michael Doyle

Supreme Court strikes down key provision of Voting Rights Act

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a centerpiece of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in a marked victory for conservatives and Southern states. | 06/25/13 10:31:33 By - Michael Doyle

Supreme Court sends affirmative action case back to lower court

Affirmative action in university admissions survives for now, under a Supreme Court ruling in a closely watched case that involves the University of Texas. In a 7-1 decision Monday that drew several liberal votes, justices directed a lower appellate court to examine more closely the University of Texas’ admissions policies that may take race into account. | 06/24/13 11:01:08 By - Michael Doyle

Supreme Court releases term's final decisions next week

How will they vote on same-sex marriage and affirmative action? The court's newest justices, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, have voted together in 97% of cases this term. | 06/21/13 14:29:23 By - Michael Doyle

White House expected to announce James Comey’s nomination to lead FBI on Friday

President Barack Obama on Friday will name former Justice Department official James B. Comey Jr. as his choice to head the FBI, according to an informed White House official. | 06/20/13 18:14:33 By - By Michael Doyle

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