Court again rejects commandments case

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court on Monday once again refused to review a lower-court decision banning the Ten Commandments from public property.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

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NEW HOSTAGE POLICY The State Department says a new U.S. policy on responding to hostage taking and kidnappings will focus more attention on the abduction of private U.S. citizens.
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Court hears argument on executing retarded

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday heard argument on whether the execution of a person determined to be mentally retarded violated the constitutional ban on cruel

Court supports tough Medicaid rules

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court made it tougher Wednesday for the institutionalized elderly to get Medicaid when they have spouses living independently.
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High court leans toward vouchers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A slight majority of the Supreme Court Wednesday appeared to lean toward deciding that school vouchers are constitutional even when they support religious educa
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Court: Students can grade others' papers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday the common teacher practice of allowing students to grade other students' papers and tests does not violate federal law.
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Court refuses to halt casino closure

EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice refused to halt the court-ordered closure Monday of the Tigua Indians' casino for violating state gambling laws.

Louisiana killer gets last-minute stay

ANGOLA, La., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of Leslie Dale Martin Friday minutes before he was to receive a lethal injection for the 1991 rape and murder of a 1

Scalia: Catholic contradiction common

CHICAGO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- While the Roman Catholic Church teaches both capital punishment and abortion are wrong because they violate a view that all life is sacred, many Catholics have

'March for Life' small, enthusiastic

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Pared down by threats of terrorism, the smallest "March for Life" in the event's history Tuesday protested the 29th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that
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Court: Control a factor for sex offenders

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Tuesday a state must show a sexual offender suffers from some lack of personal control before it can commit him to an institution af
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Court upholds Chicago park law

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously upheld a Chicago ordinance that places restrictions on events in the city's parks.
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Court rules for EEOC, employees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has broad power to represent employees in lawsuits charging discrimination
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Bush makes two recess appointments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush on Friday announced recess appointments of conservatives Otto J. Reich and Eugene Scalia to serve in his administration, sidestepping o
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Juries must be told of life option

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court reinforced its own precedent Wednesday, ruling 5-4 that juries must be told when life without parole is the alternative to a death sentence.
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Antonin Scalia
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)..

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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