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US Supreme Court fractures on expert testimony issue

The Confrontation Clause does not bar an expert from testifying at a criminal trial that a DNA profile produced by an outside laboratory matched the defendant’s state lab DNA profile, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a fractured opinion.

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US Supreme Court rules prisoner’s interrogation didn’t violate ‘Miranda’

A prisoner was not “in custody” for Miranda purposes when he was isolated from the general prison population and questioned about conduct that occurred outside the prison because he was informed he could leave when he wanted, was not physically restrained and the door to the room was sometimes open, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

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Obama could alter stance of federal appeals courts

A second term for President Barack Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones on the nation's appeals courts, the final stop for almost all challenged federal court rulings.

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US Supreme Court takes up constitutionality of special union fees

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appear poised to issue a split decision in a case considering what notice non-union state workers must receive before being assessed a special fee that will fund political efforts. But a preliminary issue may keep the Court from even reaching the merits of the case.

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Justices of US Supreme Court question privacy expectations in GPS case

In a case that had the justices questioning just how far the expectation of privacy extends in a world of ever-evolving technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court considered Tuesday whether the police’s use of a warrantless GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car violated the Fourth Amendment.

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US Supreme Court takes up debate over immigration deportation rule

In a debate that involved dueling federal statutes and immigration case law, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court questioned whether a permanent resident may seek discretionary relief from removal based on a conviction where he did not depart and reenter the United States.

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Court justices tussle over ADA ministerial exception

During heated oral arguments in a case involving religious doctrines, government interests and claims of job discrimination, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to carve out just how much constitutional leeway religious organizations have to fire employees without facing a job bias claim.

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