U.S. judicial system
Zahid Quraishi was recently confirmed as America's first Muslim to serve as a federal judge. Learn more about this son of Pakistani immigrants.
The Amistad case helped dozens of Africans escape slavery and forced America to live up to its founding ideals. Read more about it here.
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.
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.
When a U.S. police officer is involved in a deadly incident, departments - often with civilian oversight - investigate to decide next steps.
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.
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.
America's 50 states are known as “laboratories of democracy” because they try policy ideas often adopted elsewhere. This is part of a series on federalism.
Learn more about the federal government in the United States. This article is part of a three-part series on how federalism works in America.