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High court narrows drug-death sentence enhancement

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday a law lengthening a sentence when a drug dealer's client dies applies only when the drugs are the main cause.

Supreme Court hears public union dues argument

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday as it heard a challenge to a rule that forces non-union state employees to pay partial union dues.

Supreme Court leery of Mass. abortion-protest buffer zone

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical Wednesday of the legality of Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone for protests at abortion clinics, observers said.
Same-sex marriage rolls

Same-sex marriage rolls

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- As the nation enters the 14th year of the 21st century, the fight over same-sex marriage is far from over. Despite pronouncements from a reality TV star -- who said they're going straight to hell -- gays and lesbians are instead going straight to the courts, where they have met with some success.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer

Supreme Court hears frequent flyer case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Tuesday on when airlines can kick complaining passengers out of frequent flyer programs.

U.S. Supreme Court won't block Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a controversial Texas abortion law critics say will force about a third of the clinics in the state to close.
Interior Secretary: Gettysburg Address a reminder of sacrifice

Interior Secretary: Gettysburg Address a reminder of sacrifice

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered 150 years ago, tells "us what it means to be an American."
Locking away the innocent

Locking away the innocent

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The case of Ryan Ferguson, the Missouri man freed after spending 10 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, shows that the nation's justice system, one of the fairest in the world, occasionally convicts the innocent, puts them in prison and throws away the key. Does the U.S. Supreme Court give a damn?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
SeaWorld killer whale case back in court

SeaWorld killer whale case back in court

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- SeaWorld returned to court Tuesday to continue the more than three-year legal battle over whether trainers should be able to work in close proximity with killer whales after a series of incidents cast concerns over safety.
Gabrielle Levy
Scalia and the devil

Scalia and the devil

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Did Justice Antonin Scalia have to announce his belief in a literal Satan less than a month before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear argument on government-led prayer? Yes, he probably did.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Wtiter
Scalia bemoans 'coarser' nature of American culture

Scalia bemoans 'coarser' nature of American culture

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Antonin Scalia says he is concerned about the future of American culture but not his legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Some Supreme Court justices attend mass before Christian prayer case

Some Supreme Court justices attend mass before Christian prayer case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Supreme Court majority attended mass before starting a term that includes deciding whether Christian prayer at government meetings is constitutional.
Will court change church-state equation?

Will court change church-state equation?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Will the narrow conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court make it easier for communities across the United States to open government meetings with prayer -- almost always Christian prayer? Maybe.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Scalia, Alito sons at same law firm

Scalia, Alito sons at same law firm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The sons of two conservative Supreme Court justices are working at the Washington offices of litigation giant Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, The Hill reported.

Supreme Court refuses to stay order to Calif. to cut prison population

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to reverse or delay an order that California cut the number of inmates in its prisons by almost 10,000 this year.
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the Federalist Society Gala at Union Station in Washington on November 15, 2007. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)..
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Antonin Gregory Scalia (pronounced /skəˈliːə/  ( listen); born March 11, 1936) is an American jurist who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice on the Court, Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia has been described as the intellectual anchor of the Court's conservative wing.

Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and attended public grade school and Catholic high school in New York City, where his family had moved. He attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate, and obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. After spending six years in a Cleveland law firm, he became a law school professor. In the early 1970s, he served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, first at minor administrative agencies, and then as an assistant attorney general. He spent most of the Carter years teaching at the University of Chicago, where he became one of the first faculty advisers of the fledgling Federalist Society. In 1982, he was appointed as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Ronald Reagan.

In 1986, Scalia was appointed by Reagan to the Supreme Court to fill the associate justice seat vacated when Justice William Rehnquist was elevated to Chief Justice. Whereas Rehnquist's confirmation was contentious, Scalia was asked few difficult questions by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and faced no opposition. Scalia was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, and took his seat on September 26, 1986.

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