A federal judge likened Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.
A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
A Republican lawmaker reacting to an Oklahoma inmate’s botched lethal injection said Tuesday he wants to explore giving condemned prisoners the option of death by firing squad, hanging or the electric chair.
Jose Villegas was put to death shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the execution.
Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restrict voting, notably photo identification requirements, saying they threaten to roll back half a century of progress.
Tommy Lynn Sells was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished penobarbital.
Judges rule the regulations do not jeopardize a woman’s health.
A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare execution of a female prisoner.
Abortion clinic owner Diane Derzis has stared down protesters, laughed off those who call her “baby killer” and smiled through clenched teeth while bantering with people who want to close her centers in the South.
A third of Texas’ abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women’s rights.