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Fourth Amendment permits police officers to approach bus passengers at random to ask questions and to request their consent to searches

Police given free rein on buses Jun 17, 2002

Kansas officials and (U.S. prison) officials ... have made the determination that it is of considerable importance for the (prisoner) to admit having committed the crime for which he is being treated and other past offenses

Rape rehabilitation program constitutional Jun 10, 2002

The consequences in question here -- a transfer to another prison where television sets are not placed in each inmate's cell, where exercise facilities are not readily available and where work and wage opportunities are more limited -- are not ones that compel a prisoner to speak about his past crimes despite a desire to remain silent

Rape rehabilitation program constitutional Jun 10, 2002

The Constitution mandates that the government remain secular, rather than affiliating itself with religious beliefs or institutions, precisely in order to avoid discriminating against citizens on the basis of their religious faiths. Thus, the claim that prohibiting government from celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday discriminates against Christians in favor of non-adherents must fail, since it contradicts the fundamental premise of the establishment clause itself

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the court ... Nov 15, 2009

The court-mandated population limit is necessary to remedy the violation of prisoners' constitutional rights and is authorized by the federal [1995 Prison Litigation Reform Act]

Calif. prisons may have to free thousands May 23, 2011


Anthony McLeod Kennedy (born July 23, 1936) is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, having been appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Kennedy has often been the swing vote on many of the Court's politically charged 5–4 decisions. Conservatives have felt betrayed by some of his decisions, but other observers say he reaches conservative results more often than not.

Kennedy was born and raised in Sacramento, California, the son of Anthony J. Kennedy, an attorney with a reputation for influence in the California legislature, and Gladys McLeod, who participated in many local civic activities. As a boy, Kennedy came into contact with prominent politicians of the day, such as California Governor and later U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren. He served as a page in the California State Senate as a young man. He is not a member of the Kennedy political family.

Kennedy graduated from C. K. McClatchy High School in 1954. He was an undergraduate student at Stanford University from 1954–58, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, after spending his senior year at the London School of Economics. He earned an LL.B from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1961.

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