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Law & Crime Breaking News: Republicans Accuse Obama of Trying to Stack Key U.S. Appeals Court


Republican senators accused President Barack Obama of trying to stack an influential U.S. appeals court with friendly judges in the hope they would approve forthcoming federal regulations. Utah Republican Mike Lee said Obama wants more Democratic-appointed judges on the court as he focuses on issuing regulations expected to be subject to legal challenges that will be heard by the court. In June, Obama named three lawyers to serve as judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which often weighs industry challenges to regulations issued by such agencies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The murder and racketeering trial of mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger took a macabre turn,as jurors heard from a witness who described how authorities had exhumed the bodies of at least two of the gang's victims from a Boston field.

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has arrived to federal court -- in a plain white van -- where he will be arraigned for the April 15 attack. According to WHDH in Boston, Dzhokhar's van was accompanied by a motorcade -- presumably to keep the bomber safe. Prosecutors believe Dzhokhar and his brother executed the horrific Boston Marathon bombing, which killed 3 people -- including an 8-year-old boy -- -and injured more than 260 others.