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U.S. high court rejects appeal based on misconduct (access required)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court rejected last week an appeal from a federal death row inmate who said his death sentence should have been thrown out because of a juror’s misconduct. The justices did not comment in turning down Brandon Basham, ...

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Virginia won’t join brief over funeral protest (access required)

Virginia was one of just two states that refused to join a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday supporting the father of a Marine whose funeral drew anti-gay protesters carrying inflammatory signs. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s spokesman said concerns about freedom of expression ...

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High court less diverse in some aspects

Con law scholar A.E. “Dick” Howard notes the U.S. Supreme Court seems to have gained ethnic and gender diversity while losing much of its geographic and career diversity in the past five decades. Speaking to a Law Day gathering in ...

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A Ticket Home? (access required)

When a criminal client is offered a deal with no felony record and no jail time, a defense lawyer likely would say, “Take it.” But what might have been good advice changed for an entire class of criminal defendants in ...

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Bring the court down to earth, GMU profs argue

Two George Mason University law school professors have the audacity to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court justices have become a bunch of spotlight-chasing celebrities. This contention, by Professors Craig Lerner and Nelson Lund, is no mere cocktail chatter or ...

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Justice Stevens to retire

Justice John Paul Stevens made official today what he had given strong indications that he planned to do for almost a year: retire from the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s the text of his letter to President Obama: My dear Mr. ...

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