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U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

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  • FBI director approves new definition of rape

    The definition of rape that dictates how local police departments report crimes to federal record keepers is expected to change — for the first time in more than 80 years — in early 2012. The final step of changing the Uniform Crime Report...
  • New federal definition of rape formally approved

    The federal definition of rape, used to determine how national crime data are collected, has been changed for the first time in more than 80 years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. A more inclusive definition of forcible rape is...
  • Senate panel advances bill to let consumers unlock cellphones

    Consumers who want to change cellular providers could soon find it easier to keep using their existing cellphones under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Senate. Similar to the law that lets consumers keep their phone numbers when switching networks,...
  • U.S. Senate committee advances bill on cell phone unlocking

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved bringing before the full Senate legislation that would give mobile-phone users the right to "unlock" their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, something that is now...
  • IRS in 'bunker mentality' as interest groups, media join Congress in seeking information

    WASHINGTON Congress isn't alone in trying to wrest answers out of the embattled Internal Revenue Service. The courts, public interest groups and the media are all struggling with uneven transparency and cooperation from the agency. News that the IRS...
  • U.S. senators press for probe of report that oil companies blocked ethanol

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. farm-state Senators on Wednesday urged federal regulators to investigate allegations raised by a biofuel trade group that the oil industry uses "strong arm tactics" to prevent widespread use of higher blends of ethanol in...
  • Bill allowing parole for young offenders advances in Massachusetts

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts legislators passed a bill that would grant people convicted of first-degree murder while under age 18 a chance at parole after serving at least 20 years of their sentence. The bill, which was approved late Tuesday,...
  • N.J. lawmakers pass bill to limit alimony payments

    TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation that would limit the duration of alimony payments, a move some advocates said would make divorce fairer. Under the measure, alimony could not exceed the length of a marriage that lasted less...
  • Pennsylvania bill before lawmakers would ban pigeon shoots

    Pennsylvania bill before lawmakers would ban pigeon shoots
    HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Legislation that would ban pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania moved out of the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the most progress the measure has made in two decades with backing by senior Republicans. Support for...
  • Do Supreme Court's mostly calm waters hide turbulence below?

    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday will conclude a term in which justices have papered over their sharp differences, literally. The result is more surface unanimity, fewer 5-4 decisions and some pronounced frustration for the most vehement...
  • Senators spar over the need for new voting rights legislation

    Republicans and Democrats in the Senate argued bitterly Wednesday about the need for a new law to protect the voting rights of minorities. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation to resuscitate a critical provision of the...
  • Revive the Free Flow of Information Act

    Revive the Free Flow of Information Act
    Last year the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill affording some protection for reporters' confidential sources, similar to the protection that is already provided by the vast majority of states, including California. But the bill — known...