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Ray Rice's problems threaten the NFL's brand.

Lawyers Fear Rice Case Could Stymie Prosecutorial Discretion

By Charles Toutant |

Despite widespread criticism of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's admission to a pretrial intervention program for attacking his fiancee in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator, lawyers said the decision appears to have been legally sound and expressed concern about any moves to take away the prosecutorial discretion built into the PTI law.

The arrival this summer of thousands of Central American immigrant children, like these housed at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Arizona, exacerbated an existing shortage of lawyers to help process immigration cases for unaccompanied minors. Now the Department of Justice has come up with money to help.

Grant Helps Pay for Undocumented Children's Lawyers

By Karen Sloan |

For unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States, having a lawyer can make the difference between winning permission to stay and deportation. That harsh reality was true even before the recent wave of Central American children began surrendering on the Southwest border.

Proponents of same-sex marriage rallied at the high court in 2013.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Same-Sex Marriage

By Tony Mauro and Scott Graham |

The U.S. Supreme Court last week placed the same-sex marriage cases from five states on the agenda for discussion during its private conference Sept. 29.

Michelle Koplitz

Deaf Juror Sues Over Reassignment Decision by Court

By Zoe Tillman |

Michelle Koplitz, a deaf District of Columbia resident, was summoned for grand jury service earlier this year. The court wouldn't let her serve, she claims, because administrators wouldn't pay for a sign-language interpreter.