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Judge rebukes Blago defense after 1st witness

A federal judge wasted little time Tuesday in laying down the law and trying to establish control at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial, scolding a defense attorney as she cross-examined the trial's first witness. Full story

DOJ let into suit on SC jail's Bible-only policy

A federal judge says the U.S. Justice Department can join a lawsuit challenging a South Carolina jail's policy barring inmates from any reading material other than the Bible. Full story

Man sentenced to 6 years prison for $80M fraud

A federal judge in Minneapolis has sentenced a man to 6 years in prison for defrauding 18 lenders of $80 million. Full story

Judge approves USDA, Indian farmers settlement

A federal judge has approved a $680 million settlement between the Agriculture Department and American Indian farmers who say they were denied loans because of discrimination. Full story

Tucson suspect returns to Ariz. after mental exams

The suspect in a January shooting rampage that left six dead and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others was returned to Arizona on Thursday after undergoing mental exams in Missouri, authorities said. Full story

Federal judge rules Muslims can't see FBI files

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a group of Muslim activists and organizations cannot review additional records of FBI inquiries into their activities but berated the government for misleading the court about the existence of the files. Full story

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Appeals court blocks polygamy land trust ruling

Hearing set for motion to disqualify pro-gay judge

Judge reduces $1.7M award to family of shot LA man

Judge voids BankAtlantic investor lawsuit verdict

Lawyer unraveling fraud scheme gets 3 more months

Gilley seeks release from AL jail until sentencing

Federal judge nixes request to replace Maine mural

Judge: Defense can't question charity case lawyers

US wants lawsuit over execution drug dismissed

U.S. wants lawsuit over execution drug dismissed

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  Overturning Proposition 8

Radio host Michael Smerconish shares his thoughts on the motion to overturn the federal judge’s ruling last summer that struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriages.

  Prosecuting a modern-day slave trader

A federal judge in Atlanta on March 24 sentenced Amador Cortes-Meza to 40 years in prison for running a human trafficking network. He was accused of smuggling girls as young as 14 into the United States from Mexico, then forcing them to work as prostitutes.  NBC News Investigations spoke with the in

  So much for civility

One month after the Arizona shooting, Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg was quoted saying, “How can we put some of these judicial activists on the endangered species list?”

  Health care backlash

Jonathan Turley, professor of constitutional law at George Washington University, discusses the new legal implications of the health care backlash.

  Judge rules health care law unconstitutional

A federal judge in Florida ruled the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional Monday. Pete Williams joins Chuck and Savannah to discuss the implications of the ruling.

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Players Report To Work After Judge Issues Injuction Ending Lockout
Players Report To Work After Judge Issues Injuction Ending Lockout

LAKE FOREST, IL - APRIL 26: Defensive tackle Anthony Adams of the Chicago Bears speaks to media during the 2010 Brian Piccolo Award ceremony at Halas Hall on April 26, 2011 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Players participated in the ceremony one day after a federal judge temporarily lifted the 45-day lo