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  • Supreme Court Declines to Rehear Death Penalty Challenge

    By Marcia Coyle

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by three Oklahoma death row inmates for a rehearing of their case in order to re-examine the constitutionality of capital punishment. The high court's order denying the rehearing petition was issued without comment or dissent.

  • DC Circuit Overturns Injunction Against NSA's Phone Program

    By Mike Sacks and Zoe Tillman

    A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday overturned a preliminary injunction that would have barred the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued separate opinions with the bottom line that the plaintiff, Washington lawyer Larry Klayman, had not presented enough evidence to justify a court order against the NSA call-records program. The court remanded for further proceedings, saying the case was not moot by the adoption of the USA Freedom Act.

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  • Death Penalty Under Review

    By Marcia Coyle

    A federal appellate panel on Aug. 31 will begin to determine whether California's "dysfunctional" death penalty system is unconstitutional.

  • Speech Restrictions on Supreme Court Plaza Upheld

    By Marcia Coyle

    The elevated, white marble plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court's home is a nonpublic forum where demonstrations and displays are constitutionally prohibited, a Washington federal appeals panel ruled Friday. In 'Hodge v. Talkin,' the unanimous three-judge panel, led by Judge Sri Srinivasan, upheld the constitutionality of the federal law barring assemblages and displays as it applied to the high court's plaza. The court reversed a trial judge.

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