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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.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND

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
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

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.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

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.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Truck bomb hoax ties up downtown D.C.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A truck bomb hoax Wednesday tied up a large part of downtown Washington, caused the Agriculture Department to evacuate 7,000 workers and kept two Supreme Court justices from attending most of an argument on Capitol Hill.

Texas executes killer of 10-year-old girl

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl who strayed from her parents at a flea market to buy a bag of peanuts. James Rexford Powell, 56, was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. CDT after receiving a

Ex-parolee executed for robbery-murder

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A former parolee was executed Wednesday for stabbing and beating a 21-year-old man to death during the theft of some drug money.

Juries must weigh death penalty factors

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that juries, not judges alone, must weigh the aggravating factors that lead to a sentence of death.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court divides again on federalism

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court decided 5-4 along ideological lines Tuesday that a federal agency such as the Federal Maritime Commission cannot rule on a private party's com
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court broadens right to counsel

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court strengthened a poor defendant's right to court-appointed counsel Monday in a 5-4 ruling along the high court's ideological fault line.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

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

FCC can set leasing rates

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Federal Communications Commission can require the states to set rates for leasing telecommunications equipment to a riva
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondet

Court: Seniority trumps disabled right

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that, all things being equal, a disabled employee cannot use federal law to get a job that would have gone to someone with se
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
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