The U.S. Supreme Court is shown on Dec. 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The court, continuing a years-long pattern, has declined to hear a constitutional challenge to a state gun law.
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In this July 10, 2014, photo, Bobby Bostic is photographed in the visitation room at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Mo. A former St. Louis judge who sentenced Bostic, then a teenager, to 241 years in prison, says she regrets her ruling and is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to give him the opportunity for reform.
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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last December. Grassley had stinging words Thursday for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who opposes a birpartisan bill that would reduce some mandatory minimum drug sentences.
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Ramona Morales, 79, had to pay about $6,000 in legal bills on top of a fine because one of her tenants kept chickens in the backyard of a rental house. Some Southern California cities are prosecuting code violators and slapping homeowners with gigantic legal bills they can't afford to pay.
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