James Edmund McWilliams Jr. was sentenced to death in 1986 for the rape and murder of a convenience store clerk during a robbery. Alabama Dept. of Corrections hide caption

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Supreme Court To Decide If Prosecution, Defense Can Share Experts in Capital Case

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In Church-State Playground Brawl, Justices Lean Toward The Church

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Playground Case Could Breach Barrier Between Tax Coffers, Religious Schools

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Supreme Court Rejects Texas Standard For Mental Disability In Capital Cases

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Judge Gorsuch's Writings Signal He Would Be A Conservative On Social Issues

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The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that when there is clear evidence of racial bias during jury deliberations, they can be unsealed by a court to investigate whether the defendant's rights were violated. Joe Burbank/AP hide caption

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Lester "J.R." Packingham speaks Monday on the front steps of the Supreme Court. He was convicted of statutory rape in 2002, and arrested years later under a law barring sex offenders from social media platforms. Lauren Russell/NPR hide caption

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Conservative Justices Skeptical Of Extending Constitution Beyond U.S. Border

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Supreme Court To Decide If Mexican Nationals May Sue For Border Shooting

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (center) arrives with former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Capitol Hill last week for a meeting with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. There are different kinds of conservative judges, from the pragmatist to the originalist. Gorsuch is a self-proclaimed originalist. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Judge Gorsuch's Originalism Contrasts With Mentor's Pragmatism

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