Affirmative action headin' for a Texas showdown

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- If you think all the politically controversial cases all have been exhausted this term at the U.S. Supreme Court, think again -- the challenge to affirmative action to be heard sometime next term promises to be a real gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Virginia executes Darick Walker

JARRATT, Va., May 20 (UPI) -- Virginia Thursday executed convicted killer Darick Demorris Walker, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his requests for a stay of execution.

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.

U.S. Supreme Court limits fraud liability

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday disallowed securities lawsuits against corporations not directly involved in fraud.

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 closely divided on detainees

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to divide along ideological grounds in argument Wednesday over whether foreign "enemy combatants" may access U.S. courts.

High court lifts stay of Conn. execution

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 Thursday to lift a lower-court stay blocking Connecticut's execution of Michael Ross, who says he wants to die.

Kerry: High court at stake in election

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., told this week's Time magazine the U.S. Supreme Court's future will be determined by the election.

Maryland death stay thrown out by justices

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday threw out a judge's stay of execution for a Maryland convict, allowing the lethal injection of Steven Oaken to go forward.

Court rejects Vienna Convention case

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court Monday rejected the case of a Mexican national whose consulate was not notified of his arrest in Oklahoma on murder charges.

Court divided in Miranda rights case

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- A severely divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a California suspect who was never charged was not treated unconstitutionally despite being questioned under
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
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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

On Law: Three decades of Roe

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court had something profound to say about abortion in the case of a Texas woman who had been denied one.
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Court upholds copyright extension

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that Congress had the authority to extend copyright protection for 20 years.
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