U.S. judicial system

President Biden looking on as Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks at lectern (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet Ketanji Brown Jackson, the next Supreme Court justice

Ketanji Brown Jackson is an experienced jurist who has sought to make criminal sentences just. Learn about the next Supreme Court justice.
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor standing in front of U.S. Supreme Court (© David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

Next Supreme Court justice follows in footsteps of other female justices

The next Supreme Court justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, will join a growing group of female justices who influence American jurisprudence.
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Zahid Quraishi, a son of immigrants, confirmed as first Muslim federal...

Zahid Quraishi was recently confirmed as America's first Muslim to serve as a federal judge. Learn more about this son of Pakistani immigrants.
Illustration of 19th-century cargo schooner offshore, with Africans in rowboat arriving at the shore (© The History Collection/Alamy)

How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

The Amistad case helped dozens of Africans escape slavery and forced America to live up to its founding ideals. Read more about it here.
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Americans honor a champion of equality

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at the age of 87, was honored with events at the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol.
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What does a public defender do in the U.S.?

Public defenders back criminal defendants in the U.S. who can't afford a private attorney and are at risk of going to prison. Learn how they came to be.
Illustration of a police officer standing under the scales of justice (State Dept./D. Thompson)

How police are held accountable in the U.S.

When a U.S. police officer is involved in a deadly incident, departments - often with civilian oversight - investigate to decide next steps.
Illustration showing judge's gavel lying on laptop with drawing promoting a vaccine on its screen (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. cracks down on COVID-19 scams

The U.S. Department of Justice shut down a website pushing a bogus COVID-19 vaccine. Learn how the agency is protecting Americans from other scams.
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Local government: Mayors, police, school boards get the job done

Americans interact most with local governments, which provide services from public safety to school standards. This is part of a series on U.S. federalism.