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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether a state has to adhere to the Eighth Amendment's excessive fines clause. That could have consequences for civil forfeiture in crimes. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Appears Ready To Make It Harder For States To Confiscate Property

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Supreme Court To Take Up Ban On Excessive Fines

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Supreme Court: Should Eastern Oklahoma Be Considered An Indian Reservation?

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Chief Justice John Roberts says the Supreme Court "doesn't have Obama judges, or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges." Win McNamee/AP hide caption

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Chief Justice Roberts Issues Rare Rebuke To Trump; Trump Fires Back

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Federal Judge Orders White House To Restore Press Credentials To CNN's Jim Acosta

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CNN attorney Ted Boutrous delivers remarks outside U.S. District Court following a hearing Wednesday on CNN's case against the White House for stripping a reporter of his press pass. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Judge Rules In Favor Of CNN, Temporarily Restores Correspondent's Credential

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Ted Olson, one of the lawyers representing CNN in a case against the Trump administration, helped NPR's Nina Totenberg when she was frozen out of the Justice Department in the early 1980s. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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CNN's Jim Acosta walks into federal court in Washington on Wednesday to attend a hearing on a legal challenge against the Trump administration. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Decision Delayed To Friday In CNN Suit Over White House Revoking Acosta's Press Pass

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Matthew Whitaker is pictured at an event in Washington in August. President Trump this month appointed Whitaker as acting attorney general. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Maryland Says Matthew Whitaker Appointment As Acting Attorney General Is Unlawful

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at a lecture on Sept. 26 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg has been hospitalized after falling and fracturing several ribs. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Brett Kavanaugh, pictured after he was sworn in at the White House last month, formally took his seat as the 114th justice during the traditional investiture ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday morning. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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SCOTUS To Hear Lawsuit Against Sudan On USS Cole Attack

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Rick Harrison (from left) was a firefighter and machinist on the USS Cole, and David Morales was a boatswain's mate. Lorrie Triplett, Jamal Gunn and David Francis all lost family members who worked aboard the Cole. William Conlon/NPR hide caption

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Sandra Day O'Connor in a 1950 Stanford University yearbook photo and William Rehnquist in a 1948 Stanford University yearbook photo. Associated Press hide caption

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O'Connor, Rehnquist And A Supreme Marriage Proposal

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