Justice

Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

WASHINGTON - The White House unveiled a task force that is charged with finding ways to prevent the sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician's conviction last year on four counts of abuse during stints on different reservations.

Supreme Court denies Maricopa appeal to wash its hands of Arpaio policy

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to hear Maricopa County's claim that it should not be held liable for the actions of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies for a policy of racial profiling of Latino drivers, letting a circuit court ruling against the county stand.

Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that some undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime, while authorities determine their deportation status, a ruling critics said could open the door to abuse.

Court: Troubled defendant still has a right to reject insanity plea

WASHINGTON - A man who claimed he repeatedly stabbed his cellmate because he was possessed by demons will get a new trial after a federal appeals court ruled his lawyer wrongly pressed an insanity defense against his wishes, even if his possession defense would have been "wholly ineffective."

Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women

WASHINGTON - Advocates told a House subcommittee investigating the problem of missing and murdered indigineous women that the issue is conplicated by a lack of solid data, a shortage of funding and a legal maze that Native victims and families often face when trying to report crimes.

Court says hunters can off-road in national forest to retrieve big game

WASHINGTON - Big game hunters in Kaibab National Forest are free to drive off-road to collect their kills, a federal appeals court has ruled, rejecting claims by environment groups that off-road vehicles would threaten the forest and threatened species that live there.