October 21, 2002 Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Nina Totenberg about the Supreme Court's refusal to review its position on the execution of convicts who were minors when they committed murder. Last year, the court reversed itself and said the mentally retarded could not be executed. That ruling gave hope to those who wanted a ban on executing juvenile offenders. But court majority decided not to hear the appeal of one such case. Four justices who wanted to hear the case wrote that the practice of executing juvenile offenders is inconsistent with evolving standards of decency.
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October 16, 2002 NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on oral arguments in a Texas death-row inmate's appeal before the Supreme Court today. The convict, Thomas Miller-El, maintains that prosecutors improperly dismissed jurors from his murder trial because they were black. The Supreme Court will decide whether Miller-El can challenge his conviction by introducing historic evidence showing a pattern of discrimination by prosecutors over many years.
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October 16, 2002 Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a death penalty case that tests how judges should evaluate claims of race discrimination in jury selection. Although the Court has decided that race should not be a factor when jurors are chosen, determining when it has been a factor is still at issue. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.
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October 9, 2002 NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on today's arguments before the Supreme Court on whether Congress was wrong to extend copyright protections. Congress gave copyright holders of movies, books and other creative products an extra 20 years of exclusive rights, bringing the total to the lifetime of the creator, plus 70 years. Critics say that period is too long and the works should be in the public domain for anyone to use.
October 9, 2002 NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on a Supreme Court argument that will decide who has the rights to Mickey Mouse, Gone with the Wind, The Great Gatsby, and other works. The high court is considering whether copyrights on old songs, movies and books should be extended, or whether the works should be allowed into the public domain.
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October 8, 2002 NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on today's ruling by an appeals panel in Philadelphia that the federal government has the right to close immigration hearings to the press and public without justifying the step in each case. The decision is at odds with a decision by an appeals panel in Ohio.
October 7, 2002 NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on the new session of the U.S. Supreme Court that begins today. The court will hear a variety of cases this session dealing with the war on terror, such as the Bush Administration's refusal to release the names of immigration detainees. Also on the list are constitutional tests of the new campaign finance reform law, affirmative action in college admissions, and a gay rights case.
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October 7, 2002 Guest: Nina Totenberg * NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent
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