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Wayne Williams is serving a life sentence for killing dozens of black kids in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. But some say he didn't do it and evidence of his innocence was covered up.

Hotels/motels must balance guests' privacy with the safety of other guests and employees.

Drowning in debt? Your driving privileges could disappear.

Arsenic? Been there, done that! These six other poisons should delight you murder nerds and obscurists out there.

The Logan Act prohibits American citizens from going behind the back of the U.S. government to deal with foreign powers. So why hasn't anybody ever been convicted?

TripAdvisor deleted — and later reinstated — a hotel review where a visitor alleged she had been raped. How can review websites legally balance their duty to warn users as well as to beware of false, defamatory content?

Private investigative firms like Black Cube, hired by Harvey Weinstein, use borderline illegal tactics to try to silence accusers.

Reports of famous people being accused of sexually harassment have been all over news sites and social media. What does U.S. law actually say sexual harassment is?

Charles Manson and his family have captivated the world since their murderous spree in the late '60s. What is it about this cult leader that made him so mesmerizing?

The struggle to define which crimes are considered terrorism — and which are not — isn't easy.

Ending federal pot prohibition could mean big changes and big bucks for states.

Hotel security in the U.S. today seems to be where airport security was before 9/11. Will it change after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history?

A lawsuit in federal court in Colorado seeks to establish that the Colorado River ecosystem has legal rights similar to those of a person.

We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting. But by assuming the worst can happen, one expert says, we take the first step toward being prepared.

Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.

The Somerton Beach man mystery has baffled authorities and mystery buffs for decades. Will we ever know who he was or how he died?

While most people think of the Secret Service's only job as protecting the president, its first mission was combating counterfeiting. How does it balance the two?

To hunt serial killers you have to understand them, and that's not always an easy task for investigators.

If the risk of being hit by a moving vehicle isn't enough to get your eyes off your phone, the threat of a fine may do the trick.

The controversial case in the tiny Tennessee town of Dayton drew national media attention — and live apes. But all that spectacle wasn't for naught.

Canadian student Elisa Lam went missing in 2013 and the mystery surrounding her death captured national attention. So what really happened to this 21-year-old?

Richard and Mildred Loving's interracial marriage was against the law. But it led to the Supreme Court's historic decision in 1967 to ban anti-miscegenation laws across the country.

Who has been kidnapping and killing the indigenous women along Highway 16 in British Columbia?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reinstate mandatory minimum prison sentences. But do they really deter future criminals, or do they proportionately affect certain groups instead?

A new study examines how former offenders should — and should not — speak about a history of incarceration.