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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

High court hears Indian adoption case

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Tuesday about a toddler taken from her white adoptive parents and given to the Indian father who initially rejected her.
Proposal could drag political funding into the light

Proposal could drag political funding into the light

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- A proposed federal regulation that would undo some of the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling has been languishing at the Securities and Exchange Commission for a year and a half, but there are signs the commission may be making a decision on it relatively soon.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
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.

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Supreme Court rules in favor of federal prisoner

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday ruled a federal prison inmate may sue the federal government for alleged abuse by correctional officers.
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

Justice Thomas breaks 7 years of silence

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke a few words on the record from the bench Monday, a first in nearly seven years, a transcript confirms.

Court narrows stays of federal review

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday federal law doesn't allow an incompetent prisoner to suspend federal court review of his case.
Voter ID fight finally reaches high court

Voter ID fight finally reaches high court

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The fight over whether states can demand some sort of identification before allowing voters to cast ballots has finally reached the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices agreed to hear argument on Arizona's law requiring voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship before registering.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

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Will voter ID fight determine the election?

Will voter ID fight determine the election?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- With President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney fighting for every vote as the bitter U.S. presidential election campaign races through its final weeks, Democrats appear to be winning in at least one vital arena: Republican sponsored voter ID laws are falling like flies in the courts.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

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Drones in the sky over America

Drones in the sky over America

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- They're coming: In a few years the skies over the United States will be filled with hundreds if not thousands of of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, doing a variety of tasks -- border security, disaster relief, search and rescue, counter-terrorism and looking down on people and streets on behalf of police departments.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
Will voter ID laws cost Obama the election?

Will voter ID laws cost Obama the election?

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- With polls showing President Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a desperately close race for the presidency, will voter identification laws suppress the Democratic vote and cost Obama the election, or will they simply cut down on voter fraud as Republicans contend?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
What Roberts actually said about healthcare 'tax'

What Roberts actually said about healthcare 'tax'

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the Supreme Court opinion last month declaring the individual healthcare mandate is constitutional because the penalty for violating the mandate can be considered a tax -- thereby igniting a political firestorm -- but what did Roberts actually say?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Correspondent
Supreme Court overturns Stolen Valor Act

Supreme Court overturns Stolen Valor Act

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 6-3 Thursday, struck down a law that made it a crime to falsely claim to have won medals for military service.
Suits expected over Ariz. immigration law

Suits expected over Ariz. immigration law

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Law enforcement officials say they expect a litigious period in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's split ruling on Arizona's immigration law.
Court outlines evidence confrontation

Court outlines evidence confrontation

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4 Monday, reaffirmed the outlines of a defendant's right to question expert evidence presented against him.
Supreme Court: No double jeopardy in case

Supreme Court: No double jeopardy in case

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a split decision, Thursday ruled an Arkansas man can be retried for murder because a jury deadlocked on some charges.
When children commit murder

When children commit murder

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Nearly 10 years ago, in Lawrence County, Ala., a 14-year-old boy holding a baseball bat stood over a man he had robbed and repeatedly beaten, telling him, "I am God, I've come to take your life."
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Son of Bush vs. Gore

Son of Bush vs. Gore

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Stories have been exploding in the national media over the past week as news outlets finally wake up to the fact that for the second time in about a decade, a U.S. Supreme Court decision is going to have a major impact on a presidential election.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Supreme Court orders Texas judges to redraw congressional, legislative maps

Supreme Court orders Texas judges to redraw congressional, legislative maps

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling Friday, shot down a Texas congressional district map drawn up by federal judges in San Antonio.
Cain jokes about Anita Hill

Cain jokes about Anita Hill

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Amidst allegations of sexual harassment, presidential hopeful Herman Cain joked in Kalamazoo, Mich., about Anita Hill endorsing him.

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