February 24th, 1999: John William King is escorted into the Jasper County Courthouse during the murder trial. Photograph: Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images.

A white supremacist convicted of killing James Byrd Jr in 1998 by dragging the 49-year-old black man behind a truck in one of the most notorious US ha(...)

Joshua Vallum pleaded guilty to the murder of Mercedes Williamson. Photograph: AP

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 49 years in prison for killing his transgender former girlfriend, a case the US Justice Department said was th(...)

Jason Collins used to joke that he chose the 98 shirt number when he signed for the Boston Celtics to “mess with refs when they called me for fouls” but the player said this week he had picked the number to mark the year Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was killed. Photograph: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Just weeks after the US Supreme Court heard landmark arguments for and against gay marriage, America was gripped this week with the disclosure (...)