The gymnasium at San Quentin State Prison, shown in this June 14, 2007, photo, was filled with nearly 400 double-bunked inmates because of crowded conditions. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison interact in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners in Ione, Calif. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case that pits California's  right to run its prisons against the Constitution's guarantee that individuals behind bars have a right to minimally basic medical care. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., shown on April 20, 1972, is spelled out in more than 1,300 legal opinions. John Rous/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife, Virginia Lamp Thomas, as he is introduced at the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 2007. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs AB 1179 bill restricting the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. On Tuesday, the governor will ask the Supreme Court to uphold the ban. Max Whittaker/AP hide caption

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University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, Oct. 11, 1991. Hill is now a professor at Brandeis University. John Duricka/AP hide caption

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University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 1991. Hill is now a professor at Brandeis University. John Duricka/AP hide caption

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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church picket in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Albert Snyder, the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, is asking the Supreme Court to protect the right of military families to have peaceful and private funerals. Snyder visited Capitol Hill in May to speak about his case. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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