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The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

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In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that under the majority's reasoning it would not matter if the prisoner was being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," as long as there was no more humane method of execution available. Justice Antonin Scalia orally rebutted Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent, calling it "gobbledygook." Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Lethal Injection Ruling Draws Out Justices' Passionate Opinions

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In Same-Sex Marriage Decision, Supreme Court Bitterly Divided

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Gay rights advocates John Lewis (left), and his spouse Stuart Gaffney kiss across the street from City Hall in San Francisco, on Friday following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Changes Face Of Marriage In Historic Ruling

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Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: A Reaction

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Supreme Court Vindicates President; Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

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At the heart of the case ruled on by the Supreme Court Thursday are the exchanges where people go online to shop for individual insurance. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Thwarts Efforts To Put Obamacare On Life Support

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Breaking Down The Supreme Court Ruling On Obamacare Subsidies

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Raisin farmer Marvin Horne stands in a field of grapevines planted in 1918 next to his home in Kerman, Calif. Horne was elated by Monday's Supreme Court decision. "It's just an affirmation in our Constitution and the American way of life," he said. Gary Kazanjian/AP hide caption

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This California Raisin Grower Just Got His Day In The Sun

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Justices: Governments Get More Say On License Plates, Less On Road Signs

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People gather at a church in Gilbert, Ariz., for an Easter sunrise service in 2010. The town passed a law to regulate signs a church in town was temporarily posting to provide event directions, but the Supreme Court on Thursday declared those rules unconstitutional. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Justices Give Officials More Say On Cars' Plates, Less On Roadside Signs

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Fauzia Din came to the United States as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2000, and later petitioned for an immigrant visa for her husband. The Supreme Court concluded a consular officer was justified in citing unspecified "terrorist activities" in denying that visa. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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High Court Sides With Government On Spousal Visa Denial

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High Court Sides With White House On Jerusalem Passport Dispute

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Ari Zivotofsky (right) with his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in 2011. Menachem, now 12, was born in Jerusalem, but the court ruled Israel cannot be noted as the birthplace on his passport. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Court Sides With President Over Congress In 'Jerusalem' Passport Dispute

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