Abdullah al-Kidd (right) and his attorney, Lee Gelernt, on Feb 14. Al-Kidd has lost his bid to sue then-Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged violations of Kidd's rights when he was arrested in 2003. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Inmates at California's Chino State Prison sit inside a metal cage in the hallway as they wait to be assigned permanent housing or for medical, mental health, counselor or other appointments. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Republicans mounted a successful filibuster Thursday against judicial nominee Goodwin Liu, shown at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in April 2010. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, waits to be arraigned Monday in a New York City courtroom. Emmanuel Dunand/Pool/AP hide caption

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