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Obama Picks Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

President Obama said Wednesday that he will nominate federal Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, challenging the resolve of Republican senators opposed to an election-year confirmation.

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Supreme Court Considers Impact of Disability Law on Police

The justices heard arguments in a dispute over how San Francisco police in 2008 dealt with a woman with schizophrenia who had threatened to kill her social worker. Police ultimately forced their way into Teresa Sheehan's room at a group home, then shot her after she came at them with a knife.

Supreme Court Revives Louisiana TASER Lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to take a new look at a case involving repeated police use of a Taser stun gun on a handcuffed Louisiana man who later died.

Who Are the Oath Keepers?

After witnessing what he saw as an unconstitutional outrage in the wake of Katrina, a constitutional law scholar founded the Oath Keepers, an organization for peace officers and soldiers who adhere strictly to the letter of the Constitution and swear not to obey any orders that they believe to be unconstitutional.

Obama's Election Victory and the Supreme Court

What is the likely consequence of the re-election of Barack Obama with respect to judicial appointments, as they bear on law enforcement and public safety issues? In our business, we're trained to look for the clues. There are plenty of those to examine.

High Court Shrugs Off Police Taping Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled its approval of citizen recording of police officers by rejecting an Illinois prosecutor's appeal for enforcement of an anti-eavesdropping law.

SCOTUS Won't Review Police TASER Use

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider the cases of two women who claimed officers violated their civil rights when they used TASERs on them. The justices rejected the two appeals from the Ninth Circuit Court at a May 24 conference.

SCOTUS May Review Police TASER Use

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reviewing police use of TASERs as possible excessive force when justices review cases for the upcoming term later this month.

Obama and Law Enforcement: What Will He Do?

No one knows how Obama's presidency will play out. The only thing we do know is what he has said that he plans to do in the next four years. The following is an examination of what he's said about issues near and dear to American law enforcement and commentary from leading law enforcement experts on how it will affect you.