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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of four federal prison inmates who are scheduled to be put to death in July and August. The executions would mark the first use of the death penalty on the federal level since 2003. The justices rejected an appeal from four inmates who were convicted of killing children. The court’s action leaves no obstacles standing in the way of the executions, the first of which is scheduled for July 13.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says it won't take an expedited appeal from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a dispute over flavored e-cigarettes.

The court says any appeal should follow a traditional course to the Court of Appeals.

A Court of Claims judge in October blocked Whitmer's ban on flavored e-cigarettes, saying health officials can't justify short cuts to adopt the new regulations.

The judge also expressed concern about the impact on adults who might be vaping to avoid regular cigarettes.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether a South Bend clinic that performs abortions will stay open.

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance first tried to open a clinic in South Bend in 2017. But the state wouldn’t give it a license – it said the organization’s application was incomplete and inaccurate.

Loretta Rush Reappointed As Indiana Chief Justice

Aug 21, 2019
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Loretta Rush will continue to serve as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court for another five years.

The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission officially reappointed her Wednesday.

Rush’s reappointment as chief justice was a foregone conclusion as the commission formally met with each member of the five-person court. The other justices talked about challenges the court system faces and praised Rush for her leadership.

Justice Christopher Goff called the chief a "stellar attorney" and a "stellar person," noting, in particular, her humility.

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BREAKING: The Supreme Court of the United States says that federal courts do NOT have a role in partisan gerrymandering cases.

Michigan currently has appealed a federal court's decision to the Supreme Court disputing claims that a Republican-led Legislature previously drew Michigan's district lines to their party's advantage.

The lower court ordered the state Legislature and governor to agree on new lines for certain districts for 20-20.

This decision will likely end that lawsuit - leaving Michigan's lines exactly how they are for the next election.

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t take the case of an Indiana man convicted of murder who says his lawyers weren’t good enough. 


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for prisoners to sue the Corrections Department for alleged civil rights violations.

The court declined to take an appeal from state officials. They're accused of failing to prevent prisoners from physically abusing inmates who were under 18 years old.

The Michigan Constitution says "no person shall be denied the equal protection of laws" when receiving a public service. But in 1999, lawmakers carved out an exception, saying public service doesn't include prisons or jails.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains.

But the justices are staying out of the debate over a broader provision that would prevent a woman in Indiana from having an abortion based on gender, race or disability.


Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States, is coming to speak to students, staff, faculty and community members Wednesday at Notre Dame.

MichMash-January 25: Supreme Court

Jan 25, 2019
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A new session is underway for the Michigan Supreme Court. Justices have selected a Democrat to serve as chief justice. That’s despite Republicans holding a majority on the court.

As part of the weekly series MichMash… Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about the court’s new unofficial motto -- aggressive nonpartisanship.

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The NPR Politics team is live blogging the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog includes streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.