Appeals court can't add to sentence on own

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- An appeals court cannot increase a defendant's prison sentence even though the trial court erred, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Third parties can sue for pay phone fees

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Collection companies can recover long-distance telephone fees for pay phone companies disputing charges owed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Court: Laws protect against retaliation

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two cases Tuesday that federal law protects workers from retaliation if they complain about bias on the job.

Indiana voter ID law upheld by high court

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld a lower court decision requiring voters to show an official photo identification.

Justices uphold lethal injection

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that the lethal injection methods used in Kentucky and most states were not unconstitutionally cruel or unusual.

Kennedy could be swing vote in Gitmo case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Justice Anthony Kennedy could be the swing vote as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether foreign "enemy combatants" have the right to access U.S. courts.

High court halts execution

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday stopped the state of Mississippi from using lethal injection to execute a death row inmate.

Supreme Court changes death penalty course

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's nine justices were narrowly divided on a capital punishment ruling that changed direction from three previous death penalty rulings.

Red mass attended by four on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A Washington Roman Catholic archbishop stressed the connection between faith and morality during a mass attended by four U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Supreme Court upholds Kansas death penalty

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Kansas can require that juries impose a death sentence when they find that aggravating and mitigating factors balance.

Judges may determine appeal timeliness

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday in a Florida slaying, the U.S. Supreme Court said federal judges may dismiss habeas corpus conviction challenges as being too late.

High court's Alito votes against execution

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito voted with liberal judges to refuse Missouri's request to execute a death row inmate.

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.
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