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Court: Innocence a 'gateway' despite obstacles

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that actual innocence allows a defendant to pursue an appeal despite procedural problems or a statute of limitations.

Court allows ineffective counsel claims in Texas

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in a Texas case that a defendant may raise an ineffective counsel claim, even if the state framework doesn't permit it.
O'Connor regrets Bush vs. Gore. So what?

O'Connor regrets Bush vs. Gore. So what?

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- As the entire legal affairs world knows by now, retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor last month expressed a frisson of regret for the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision in Gore vs. Bush, a decision that appeared to decide the 2000 presidential election.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Justices ready to change America

Justices ready to change America

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- It's spring, and the U.S. Supreme Court is lifting a mighty hammer. When the justices bring that big hammer down, they may change forever the way the races interact in the United States, and may forever redefine the millennia-old definition of marriage.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
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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Court hears DOMA challenge

Court hears DOMA challenge

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court resumed its examination of same-sex marriage Wednesday, this time considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Supreme Court hears Prop 8 case

Supreme Court hears Prop 8 case

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard the challenge to California's Proposition 8, which limits marriage to a man and a woman.

Voter ID -- fraud prevention or voter suppression?

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court may be holding the political future of the United States in its hand as it tries to decide how far the states may go in requiring identification from those who attempt to vote.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

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Court blocks FISA challenge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday a civil rights group does not have standing to challenge the government interception of foreign communications.
Prisoners at the mercy of abusive guards?

Prisoners at the mercy of abusive guards?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Kim Millbrook, a federal prisoner serving 31 years on a variety of charges, says on March 5, 2010, three corrections officers took him to a basement at the U.S. Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pa., where one forced him down to perform oral sex on a second officer while the third officer stood watch. He wants to sue.
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WAP2002030576 - WASHINGTON, Mar. 5, (UPI)-- Justice Anthony Kennedy makes a point as he appears before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, State and the Judiciary in Washington, on Mar. 5th., 2002, to present the Supreme Court's FY2003 budget. rw/Ricardo Watson. UPI
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