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California ward for 'maternity tourists' shut down

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:29:16 EDT

SAN GABRIEL, Calif. -- Authorities have shut down an upscale, two-story house after discovering a makeshift maternity clinic crammed with 10 newborns and a dozen Chinese women who paid as much as $35,000 to travel to Southern California to give birth to children who would automatically be U.S....



Ariz. 'birthers' see tie to birthright citizenship

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:12:57 EDT

PHOENIX -- Legislation that would require proof of U.S. birth from presidential candidates is intersecting in Arizona with the question of whether U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are entitled to automatic citizenship.



Texas businessman guilty in $100M insurance scheme

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:50:23 EDT

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Texas businessman faces decades in prison after being convicted in a $100 million life insurance fraud scheme in which his company used investors' money to buy policies at less than face value then collected benefits when the insured people died.



Today in History

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:01:05 EDT

-- Today is Wednesday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2011. There are 283 days left in the year.
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Supreme Court sides with investors, workers in two business-related cases

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:34:02 EDT

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that a group of stockholders may proceed with its lawsuit against the makers of the nasal spray cold remedy Zicam, saying the manufacturer should have disclosed that some who used the product lost their sense of smell.



Court makes it easier to sue businesses

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:37:36 EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court made it easier to haul businesses into court on Tuesday, ruling that investors can sue them for purposefully withholding damaging information about a product and that employees can sue them for retaliation without having to make a written complaint.



Supreme Court says no to campaign finance review, yes to death row inmate appeal

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 08:55:01 EDT

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down the Republican National Committee's latest attempt to knock out longstanding campaign finance restrictions.



Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who negotiated settlement to Iran hostage crisis, dies at 85

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:05:03 EDT

Warren M. Christopher led the State Department during President Bill Clinton's first term.
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Business opposition doomed Ariz. immigration bills

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:43:48 EDT

PHOENIX -- Dozens of Arizona CEOs from hospitals, construction companies and other major businesses joined to turn back new get-tough legislation on illegal immigration, citing worries that emphasis on the issue could hurt the state's struggling economy and cost jobs.



National Institute for Civil Discourse to open at University of Arizona

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:05:00 EDT

Nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy about civility in public discourse was created in the aftermath of the Jan. 8 shootings in the city where six people were killed and 13 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).



Ariz. Senate rejects illegal immigration bills

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 04:32:05 EDT

PHOENIX -- Arizona legislators took a timeout from illegal immigration with the Senate easily defeating five related bills, reflecting little appetite for an issue that made the state the focus of national debate and protest last year.


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Ariz. Senate rejects illegal immigration bills

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:21:36 EDT

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate soundly defeated five bills aimed at illegal immigration on Thursday in a marked departure from last year, when enactment of a tough local enforcement measure put the state at the heart of a fierce national debate over the issue.
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Lawlor gets death sentence in 2008 Fairfax slaying

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:48:03 EDT

A Falls Church area man is to be executed for the 2008 bludgeoning and rape of a 29-year-old woman. Database: Virginia executions, 1982-present



Court faults USPS in firing of decorated Afghan war veteran

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:49:01 EDT

Federal court overturns a ruling that favored USPS in a dispute with a decorated sergeant major, finding that he had not abandoned the post office for military service.



States put their own spin on Obama health care law

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:47:44 EDT

CHICAGO -- Rancor over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has largely overshadowed some states' efforts to use the law to help them move as fast as possible to insure more people and increase control over insurance companies.



Today in History

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:27 EDT

-- Today is Tuesday, March 15, the 74th day of 2011. There are 291 days left in the year.
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Mexican film on the court system is now the subject of its own trial

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:49:06 EDT

A judge orders the film "Presumed Guilty," about the murder trial and retrial of an innocent man who is found guilty twice, to be pulled from theaters.


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Supreme Court decision on sentencing guidelines gives judges more leeway

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:20:01 EDT

In Pepper v. United States, the justices looked at the case of a drug addict who turned his life around but was sent back to prison.


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Supreme Court decision on sentencing guidelines gives judges more leeway

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Jason Pepper, a former meth addict and drug dealer from the heartland, says he got lucky when he was finally arrested. A sympathetic judge gave him a fraction of the prison time he could have received and, more importantly, sent him to a place where he got extensive drug treatment.


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An ethics code for the high court

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

The Supreme Court operates with almost no rules to guide - or constrain - behavior. But why should it be subject to lesser ethics standards than lower courts?
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An ethics code for the high court

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

The Supreme Court operates with almost no rules to guide - or constrain - behavior. But why should it be subject to lesser ethics standards than lower courts?



In Va. assault case, anxious parents recognize 'dark side of autism'

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:30:00 EST

When a Stafford County jury this month found an autistic teenager guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer and recommended that he spend 101/2 years in prison, a woman in the second row sobbed.


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In Va. assault case, anxious parents recognize 'dark side of autism'

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

When a Stafford County jury this month found an autistic teenager guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer and recommended that he spend 101/2 years in prison, a woman in the second row sobbed.



US contractor convicted in Cuba; 15-year sentence

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:16:54 EST

HAVANA -- A Cuban court on Saturday found U.S. contractor Alan Gross guilty of crimes against the state and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, a verdict that brought a swift and strongly worded condemnation from Washington.
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Consensus reigns in high court's early decisions

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:24:01 EST

WASHINGTON -- A couple of angry dissents aside, the Supreme Court has shown a remarkable degree of consensus in the nearly two dozen opinions issued so far this term.


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Today in History

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:01:21 EST

-- Today is Friday, March 11, the 70th day of 2011. There are 295 days left in the year.



Senate legislation threatens key anti-terrorism tools

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

For the better part of a year, Obama administration officials, led by Michael E. Leiter , head of the National Counterterrorism Center and the person principally in charge of assessing terrorist threats, have been warning that this menace now comes in a new "flavor." Al-Qaeda has found it...



Local Digest

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by Prince George's County police Monday after he was allegedly threatening residents with a handgun in a Landover neighborhood.
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Stanley L. Temko, Covington and Burling law firm partner, dies at 91

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Stanley L. Temko, 91, a retired partner with the Washington-based Covington and Burling law firm who specialized in antitrust and food and drug law, died March 7 at his home in Washington. He had congestive heart failure.



Stanley L. Temko, Covington and Burling law firm partner, dies at 91

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:19:01 EST

Stanley L. Temko, 91, a retired partner with the Washington-based Covington and Burling law firm who specialized in antitrust and food and drug law, died March 7 at his home in Washington. He had congestive heart failure.



Give me liberty or give me health care -- the end

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:41:09 EST

For those following my ruminations about the constitutionality of the individual mandate in President Obama's health-care reform legislation -- a group substantially smaller than, say, Sara Bareilles's fan base , I admit -- it may come as a surprise that I actually think an individual mandate can be...



Lane: Give me liberty or give me health care -- the end

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:17:34 EST

For those following my ruminations about the constitutionality of the individual mandate in President Obama's health-care reform legislation -- a group substantially smaller than, say, Sara Bareilles's fan base, I admit -- it may come as a surprise that I actually think an individual mandate can ...
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Give me liberty or give me health care -- the end

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:11:05 EST

For those following my ruminations about the constitutionality of the individual mandate in President Obama's health-care reform legislation -- a group substantially smaller than, say, Sara Bareilles's fan base , I admit -- it may come as a surprise that I actually think an individual mandate can...



Supreme Court opens way for prisoners to try to gain access to DNA evidence

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Supreme Court opened a legal avenue Monday for prisoners to try to gain access to DNA evidence that might prove their innocence but noted that their chances at success might be slim.



High court's ruling on DNA tests is a lifeline for inmates

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

HENRY W. SKINNER was on death row in Texas and less than an hour away from being executed when the Supreme Court agreed to hear his case. On Monday, the justices threw Mr. Skinner and others like him a lifeline.



High court's ruling on DNA tests is a lifeline for inmates

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 19:39:01 EST

A ruling provide a useful backstop for avoiding wrongful executions.
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Supreme Court opens way for prisoners to try to gain access to DNA evidence

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:44:00 EST

The Supreme Court on Monday opened a legal avenue for prisoners to attempt to gain access to DNA evidence that might prove their innocence but noted that their chances at success might be slim.



Legal briefs: More Howrey departures

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Some of Howrey's most high-profile local departures to date occurred last week, as those who remained at the disintegrating firm continued negotiating deals to join the Chicago firm Winston & Strawn.



The values of Professor Liu

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

LAST WEEK, Goodwin Liu recounted his young daughter's delight when told that the family would be returning to Washington for an unusual, second confirmation hearing for her father.



The values of Professor Liu

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:48:00 EST

His nomination to a federal appeals court has been controversial, but the president's pick deserves confirmation.
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Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court's privacy cop

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Law professor on the legacy thatJustice Alito is building


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Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court's privacy cop

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

By an 8 to 1 vote this past week, the Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment right of Kansas's Westboro Baptist Church to engage in hateful protests at military funerals. The lone dissenter was Alito, who insisted that the grieving relatives of Matthew A. Snyder, a Marine who died in Iraq, shou...



Alito stands alone on Supreme Court's First Amendment cases

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s muscular dissent in the free speech case involving Westboro Baptist Church marked the second time in a year that he has stood apart from the rest of his colleagues in a First Amendment case.



An international treaty Congress should support

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

About two years ago, while many Americans were watching President Obama's inauguration and my former colleagues in the Bush administration were cleaning out their offices, I was flying home from The Hague, where the International Court of Justice had just ruled against the United States in a case I...
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Alito stands alone on Supreme Court's First Amendment cases

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 19:36:00 EST

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s muscular dissent that members of the Westboro Baptist Church "brutally attacked" a fallen Marine and his family by protesting at his funeral marked the second time in a year Alito has stood alone in a First Amendment case.



Westboro Baptist Church wins Supreme Court case for right to protest military funerals

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:32:15 EST

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church on Wednesday. As Robert Barnes reported:



Supreme Court rules First Amendment protects church's right to picket funerals

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:39:00 EST

The First Amendment protects a fringe church's anti-gay protests at military funerals, a nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a powerful opinion that spoke to the nation's tolerance for even hateful public speech.


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Supreme Court rules First Amendment protects church's right to picket funerals

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The First Amendment protects a fringe church's anti-gay protests at military funerals, a nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a powerful opinion that spoke to the nation's tolerance for even hateful public speech.
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The right to even ugly free speech

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

THE BEAUTY OF the First Amendment is often most vibrantly expressed under the ugliest of circumstances. Such was the case Wednesday when the Supreme Court gave its blessing to the insensitive acts of a tiny church that has made a name for itself by mounting protests at the funerals of fallen...



Justices weigh Ashcroft liability

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The federal government's reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks once again returned to the Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices considered whether former attorney general John D. Ashcroft could be held personally liable for the detention of an American Muslim.



Supreme Court considers former attorney general Ashcroft's liability in lawsuit

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 23:14:05 EST

The federal government's reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks once again returned to the Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices considered whether former attorney general John D. Ashcroft could be held personally liable for the detention of an American Muslim.



The right to even ugly free speech

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:06:01 EST

The Supreme Court decides correctly in allowing an anti-gay protest outside a military funeral.
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Supreme Court justices are talking more

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:51:01 EST

Oral arguments at the Supreme Court have become an hour filled with questions, commentaries and critiques by the justices, especially since Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined the panel.