Arizona federal court judges won't hear shooting case
January 11th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Arizona federal court judges won't hear shooting case

A federal court in Arizona has issued an order recusing all district and magistrate judges from hearing Jared Lee Loughner's criminal case "to avoid the appearance of impropriety."

Loughner is accused of shooting 20 people Saturday outside a grocery store in Tucson. Among the six killed was federal District Judge John Roll. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded.

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Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional
December 13th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional

A Virginia federal judge on Monday found a key part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform law unconstitutional - setting the stage for a protracted legal struggle likely to wind up in the Supreme Court.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson struck down the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014. The Justice Department is expected to challenge the judge's findings in a federal appeals court.

Hudson's opinion contradicts other court rulings finding the mandate constitutionally permissible.

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October 14th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Judge: Challenge to health care reform can proceed

A federal judge in Florida has ruled a multistate challenge to the the sweeping congressional health care reform law can proceed.

Florida is challenging large parts of the bill signed by President Obama earlier this year, including the individual mandate that requires people to be insured, or face severe financial penalties.

The state's attorney general, Bill McCollum, who filed the constitutional challenge, applauded the judge's decision.

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September 28th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Temporary halt on stem-cell research lifted

Federally funded embryonic stem-cell research can continue while the Obama administration appeals a federal judge's ruling against use of public funds for such research, after an appeals court lifted a temporary injunction.

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September 3rd, 2010
12:04 PM ET

FBI: Six indicted in largest U.S. human-trafficking operation

Six job recruiters have been indicted in federal court, in what the FBI has called the largest illegal human-trafficking operation ever charged in the U.S.

An indictment unsealed in Hawaii on Thursday accuses employees of a California-based company of luring about 400 people from Thailand, with false promises of lucrative jobs.

Many of the imported workers wound up laboring on farms under substandard conditions, had their passports confiscated and were threatened with deportation, the indictment says.

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July 27th, 2010
08:12 PM ET

Leaked documents show Afghan forces infighting and using drugs

Internal military documents published by WikiLeaks.org reveal conflict among Afghan security forces, including attacks on one another, as well as heavy drug use among soldiers.

The material details more than 60 "Green on Green" incidents in which Afghan military personnel were more concerned with battling each other, rather than insurgents. WikiLeaks this week published what it says are more than 75,000 U.S. military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year. CNN has been unable to confirm that the documents are authentic.

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May 24th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas death row case

A Texas death row inmate will get a hearing before the Supreme Court over his claims of "actual innocence" and demands authorities conduct more thorough DNA testing of evidence gathered at the crime scene. At issue is whether capital inmates have a basic federal civil right to have forensic evidence reviewed late in the appeal process.

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April 16th, 2010
05:27 PM ET

Republicans give judicial nominee cool reception

Senate Republicans offered a cool reception Friday to a federal judicial nominee who has become a political lightning rod over his liberal views and his preparation for confirmation hearings.

Lawmakers on both sides traded barbs over Goodwin Liu's qualifications and his past statements on a variety of hot-button topics during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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