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Court upholds Ore. assisted-suicide law

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday upheld Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law, ruling federal law does not prohibit the practice.

National Review: Bush should dump Miers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A leading conservative journal called Friday for President Bush to withdraw his nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court legalizes direct wine sales

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court overturned laws in Michigan and New York that favored in-state wine growers at the expense of out-of-state competitors.

Court reverses Texas death sentence

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday reversed a Texas death sentence, saying the sentencing jury was not told to consider circumstances that might lessen the penalty.

Court rejects Colo. redistricting case

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday let stand a lower-court ruling throwing out a Republican redistricting plan in Colorado.

Court: States liable under leave act

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday that state employees can sue for damages if states fail to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

On Law: To reach the heights

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- If President George W. Bush gets the chance this summer to fill vacancies at the Supreme Court, where will he turn?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Corresondent

Court upholds Maine Medicaid rebate plan

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- A Supreme Court ruling Monday lets the states force drug makers to extend their price rebates and discounts usually reserved for Medicaid recipients to all pati
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

On Law: Bush could reshape Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Think the Senate battle over judicial confirmations is bitter now?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

U.S. courts may rule on criminal aliens

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the federal courts may constitutionally review the detention of criminal aliens being held without bail, despite a fe
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court again rejects excessive damages

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday that excessive jury awards designed to punish a defendant but are way out of proportion to actual damages are unconstitutiona
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court divided on affirmative action

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's top courtroom lawyer, Solicitor General Theodore Olson, told a closely divided Supreme Court Tuesday that admissions policies at the U
MICHAEL KIRKLAND and MARK BENJAMIN

Analysis: Murky affirmative action

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court will hear argument Tuesday on whether using a race as a factor in admissions at the University of Michigan violates the Constitution. But any final decisions in the two cases -- one covering undergraduate admissions, the other Law School
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Common sense of judges questioned

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Let us speak of Leandro Andrade and Gary Albert Ewing.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court upholds Calif.'s '3-strikes' law

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court, in two 5-4 votes Wednesday, upheld California's "Three Strikes and You're Out" law, saying it did not violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The rulings came in cases in which two repeat offenders were sente
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

UPI's Capital Comment for Jan. 7, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press I
By United Press International

On Law: Campaign finance reform on trial

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The effort to curb the massive infusions of soft money into American political campaigns will likely rise or fall under the heavy hand of the Supreme Court this
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court takes major affirmative action cases

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court is headed for yet another showdown on affirmative action, one that eventually will affect colleges and universities across the country.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Analysis: Affirmative action stakes high

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court appears to be headed for yet another showdown on affirmative action, this time involving the admissions policy at the University of Michigan. As usual, if the court takes on the dispute the main battle will be for the heart and mind of J
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

UPI Political Roundup

A digest of elections goings on in the Capitol and around the nation, compiled by Al Swanson ...
AL SWANSON

Court approves school vouchers

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that publicly funded school vouchers are constitutional, even when they ultimately subsidize a religious education.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Analysis:Voucher case could prove historic

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, for the first time in the nation's history, appears prepared to allow the use of government money to support religious education.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Execution of mentally retarded outlawed

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in a historic decision Thursday that execution of the mentally retarded violates the Constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual" punishment.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Beazley executed for carjacking murder

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 28 (UPI) -- Napoleon Beazley was executed Tuesday for the 1994 murder of a federal judge's father in a controversial case that renewed the national debate about capital punishment for juveniles.

Court upholds LA 'adult' ordinance

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court upheld a Los Angeles ban on the concentration of "adult" businesses Monday.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
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