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Locking away the innocent

Locking away the innocent

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The case of Ryan Ferguson, the Missouri man freed after spending 10 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, shows that the nation's justice system, one of the fairest in the world, occasionally convicts the innocent, puts them in prison and throws away the key. Does the U.S. Supreme Court give a damn?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
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Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Judges appointed to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are largely conservatives with experience in the executive branch, an analysis has found.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 19, 2013.
By United Press International
Affirmative action living on the edge

Affirmative action living on the edge

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, before going on recess last month, narrowed affirmative action in college admissions as much as it possibly could without killing it. A case accepted for argument next term not only threatens big trouble for what remains of race-based preferential admissions, but for gender-based admissions policies as well.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

Under the U.S.Supreme Court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entitled to a lawyer?

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The FBI and the rest of a crack U.S. interrogation team wanted to question the remaining marathon bombing suspect in his Boston hospital room without his lawyer because of what they fear: undiscovered explosive devices that could still kill and possible accomplices who might decide to carry out more terror.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
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.
Nation marks 40th anniversary of Roe

Nation marks 40th anniversary of Roe

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The nation marked the 40th anniversary last week of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman's right to an abortion -- but the debates over abortion, and over the so-called morning after pill which some consider abortion, are far from over.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Bill Suter stepping down after 22 years

Bill Suter stepping down after 22 years

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An earthquake of sorts struck Capitol Hill last week, though many working in that seat of government were unaware of it. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that William Suter, retired Army major general, was stepping down after 22 years as clerk.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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William Rehnquist
Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist leaves his home in Arlington, Virginia on July 11, 2005. Widespread rumors and speculation continue in regards to Rehnquist and his possible retirement. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States. Considered a conservative, Rehnquist favored a conception of federalism that emphasized the Tenth Amendment's reservation of powers to the states. Under this view of federalism, the Supreme Court of the United States, for the first time since the 1930s, struck down an Act of Congress as exceeding federal power under the Commerce Clause.

Rehnquist presided as Chief Justice for nearly 19 years, making him the fourth-longest-serving Chief Justice after John Marshall, Roger Taney, and Melville Fuller, and the longest-serving Chief Justice who had previously served as an Associate Justice. The last 11 years of Rehnquist's term as Chief Justice (1994–2005) marked the second-longest tenure of a single unchanging roster of the Supreme Court.

Rehnquist was born William Donald Rehnquist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 1, 1924. He grew up in the suburb of Shorewood. His father, William Benjamin Rehnquist, was a paper salesman; his mother, Margery Peck Rehnquist, was a translator and homemaker. Rehnquist changed his middle name to Hubbs, a family name, because a numerologist told his mother he would be successful with a middle initial of H. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Sweden.

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