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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

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
By United Press International
Affirmative action living on the edge

Affirmative action living on the edge

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, before going on recess last month, narrowed affirmative action in college admissions as much as it possibly could without killing it. A case accepted for argument next term not only threatens big trouble for what remains of race-based preferential admissions, but for gender-based admissions policies as well.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The FBI and the rest of a crack U.S. interrogation team wanted to question the remaining marathon bombing suspect in his Boston hospital room without his lawyer because of what they fear: undiscovered explosive devices that could still kill and possible accomplices who might decide to carry out more terror.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Do cases sound death knell for affirmative action?

Do cases sound death knell for affirmative action?

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- While the Texas case on affirmative action in college admissions is still pending, the U.S. Supreme Court surprisingly agreed last week to hear an affirmative action case out of Michigan that promises to be a genuine mover and shaker.
Nation marks 40th anniversary of Roe

Nation marks 40th anniversary of Roe

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The nation marked the 40th anniversary last week of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman's right to an abortion -- but the debates over abortion, and over the so-called morning after pill which some consider abortion, are far from over.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Bill Suter stepping down after 22 years

Bill Suter stepping down after 22 years

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An earthquake of sorts struck Capitol Hill last week, though many working in that seat of government were unaware of it. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that William Suter, retired Army major general, was stepping down after 22 years as clerk.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

Seizure causes U.S. chief justice fall

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized Monday morning after a fall at his vacation home in Port Clyde, Maine, a court spokeswoman said. Roberts, 52, who was confirmed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in September 2005, remained conscious

U.S. Senate to start Roberts hearings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts completed a series of mock confirmation sessions designed to prepare him for tough questions from Democrats senators.

Senate to hear Roberts nomination Monday

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate has scheduled confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts for next Monday.

Bush nominates Roberts as chief justice

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Monday escalated his Supreme Court nomination of John Roberts to the role of the court's new chief justice.

Bush: Nation saddened at chief's passing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- President Bush said Sunday the "nation is saddened today" by the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies at 80

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who has undergone treatment for thyroid cancer, died Saturday in his home in Arlington, Va., at 80.

U.S. chief justice 'not about' to retire

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has emphatically denied that he intends to step down from the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future.
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