Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia, listen as he is introduced prior to speaking at the Federalist Society in Washington on Nov. 15, 2007. The Thomases drew criticism for Virginia's role as co-founder, president and CEO of Liberty Central, a political group that advertises itself as linked to the Tea Party movement. She later stepped down. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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California has lost its argument that the government should protect children from the effects of violent video games. The Supreme Court says the First Amendment protects their sale. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the five-justice majority, said that taxpayers may challenge a direct legislative appropriation for religious schools, but not a tax credit. hide caption

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