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Louisiana State Penitentiary workers inspect levees near the prison, also known as Angola, in 2008. Henry Montgomery, who has been held there for more than 50 years after being sentenced to life at 17, may be resentenced after winning his Supreme Court case on Monday. Tim Mueller/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Opens Door To Parole For Juveniles Given Life Sentences

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The Supreme Court restored two death sentences Wednesday, just a week after ruling Florida's death penalty system unconstitutional. Both cases were procedural in nature. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Restores Death Sentences For Kansas Inmates

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A young immigration activist holds a sign reading "It's in your hands Mr. President" during a rally calling on President Obama to suspend deportations in 2013. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court To Review If Obama Immigration Actions Were 'Faithfully Executed'

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Jeffrey Heffernan says he was demoted after he picked up a replacement campaign sign for his bedridden mother. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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An Employee Mistakenly Steps Into Politics; Can The Government Retaliate?

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Rescuers search through the rubble of the U.S. Marine barracks Oct. 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, after a suicide truck bombing. The blast — the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces abroad since World War II — killed 241 American service members. The Supreme Court is deciding whether Congress can pass a law compensating the victims, and those of other attacks, using Iranian government funds. Jim Bourdier/AP hide caption

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In Iranian Funds Case, Justices Ponder Extent Of Congressional Influence

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The Supreme Court's ruling casts doubt on the status of the 390 inmates on death row in Florida. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida's Death Penalty System

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People for and against unions hold up signs Monday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington. The court was hearing arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Justices will decide whether California and other states can make nonunion public employees covered by union contracts pay partial dues. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Weighs Changes That Would Hurt Public Unions' Bottom Lines

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More than 300,000 California teachers are represented by unions like the California Teachers Association, seen here protesting proposed budget cuts in 2011. Nine percent of those California teachers have not joined the union, but under state law, any union contract must cover them too, so they are required to pay an amount that covers the costs of negotiating the contract and administering it. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is It Fair To Have To Pay Fees To A Union You Don't Agree With?

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Animal Rights Group Loses Copyright Suit Over Monkey Selfies

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Abigail Fisher, seen outside the Supreme Court Wednesday, is a white applicant to the University of Texas who claims she was not admitted because of her race. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Heated Arguments Fly At Supreme Court Over Race In College Admissions

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Abigail Noel Fisher, who challenged a racial component to University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during arguments in the case in October of 2013. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Affirmative Action Fight Returns To The U.S. Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments Testing 'One Person, One Vote'

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Two Texas voters are challenging the 2010 Texas reapportionment as unconstitutional. They say the correct constitutional metric should be eligible voters, not total population. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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When Drawing Districts, Should States Count Each Person Or Each Voter?

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As Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty, Number Of Executions Plummets

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Chicago suburb Highland Park banned the possession of what it called assault weapons, including AR-15s, like this one, and AK-47s, as well as large capacity magazines. Gun rights advocates challenged the ban, contending that it violated the Second Amendment's guarantee of a right to bear arms. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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