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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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In workers’ comp case, a question of time

In a decision that could impact how injury benefits under a number of statutes that base calculations on the national average weekly wage, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court recently considered just when injured claimants are entitled to compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’ Compensation Act – the date a disabled worker was injured or the date when the worker receives an award of disability payments.

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US Supreme Court takes on reliability of eyewitness IDs

Despite recent studies questioning the reliability of eyewitness testimony in criminal trials, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appear reluctant to provide special constitutional protections against such evidence, absent a claim that an identification was made under suggestive circumstances created by the police.

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US Supreme Court to decide: Does ‘right to sue’ mean right to arbitration?

At oral arguments Tuesday, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court expressed skepticism that a “right to sue” provision in a federal consumer credit statute prevents credit card companies from enforcing mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses with its customers.

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Supreme Court considers constitutionality of strip search

During oral arguments that focused on the difficult task of line drawing, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to determine if the strip search of a county jail inmate, erroneously arrested on a warrant for a minor offense, violated the Fourth Amendment.

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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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High court limits state rules on campaign spending 
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By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court imposed new limits Monday on states trying to restrain the influence of money in politics, striking down a law that tied the amount of public funds a candidate receives ...

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