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Divided Supreme Court says execution can proceed – but death warrant had already expired

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WASHINGTON – Conservative justices on the Supreme Court overruled lower courts in a middle-of-the-night order and said an Alabama execution could proceed, over the objections of their liberal colleagues who wanted to discuss the case Friday morning. The order came ...

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Supreme Court stops execution because of religious concerns, a contrast to last month

The Supreme Court of the United States. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti.

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court Thursday night stopped the execution of a Texas inmate because the state refused his request to have a Buddhist spiritual adviser with him in the death chamber. The court’s decision contrasted with its actions last ...

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Supreme Court again considers partisan gerrymandering, but voters are not waiting

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DETROIT – Disappointed with the election results but not ready to give up on politics, Katie Fahey sent out the modern equivalent of a message-in-a-bottle on Nov. 10, 2016. “I’d like to take on gerrymandering in Michigan,” she typed in ...

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Supreme Court case on jury bias prompts rare question from Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is on stage at the Duquesne University School of Law for "An Afternoon with Justice Clarence Thomas U.S. Supreme Court" in the Duquesne Union Ballroom on Tuesday April 9, 2013, in Pittsburgh.     (AP Photo/Tribune Review,Sidney Davis)  PITTSBURGH OUT    MANDATORY CREDIT

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court seemed deeply troubled Wednesday about the actions of a Mississippi prosecutor who has tried an African American man six times for a quadruple murder and has blocked the vast majority of black potential jurors. The ...

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Supreme Court to examine whether unanimous juries are required for criminal convictions

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The Supreme Court on Monday accepted two important criminal justice cases for next term but turned down a Georgia death-row inmate who said a juror in his case used racist language and a bed-and-breakfast owner who declined to offer a ...

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Democrats consider ‘court packing’

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WASHINGTON – The once-remote idea of adding more justices to the Supreme Court to change its ideological bent is prompting growing discussion within the Democratic Party, creating a new frontier for presidential candidates looking to display their liberal credentials. Former ...

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Supreme Court says constitutional protection against excessive fines applies to state actions

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, limiting their abilities to impose fines and seize property. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on just her second day back ...

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Roberts again sides with liberals in disagreeing with lower court interpretations

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WASHINGTON – For the second time in as many weeks, Chief Justice John Roberts has sided with liberal Supreme Court justices to disagree with how lower courts have interpreted Supreme Court precedent. On Tuesday, Roberts was pointed in saying the ...

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