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The Supreme Court justices took up a death penalty case on Monday, looking at an inmate's right to help from a mental health expert. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

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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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For the third consecutive year, the Alabama Legislature is considering a bill that would let the Briarwood Presbyterian Church congregation, one of the largest in the state, create its own law enforcement department with sworn police officers. Anthony Izaguirre/AP hide caption

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, seen here during his State of the State address at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., could face felony accusations after an ethics panel concluded there is probable cause that he broke the law. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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Nick Dupree arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Montgomery, Ala. on Feb. 11, 2003. His success in getting the state to continue support past age 21 enabled him to attend college and live in his own home. Jamie Martin/AP hide caption

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Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else'

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Alabama's newest junior senator is Luther Strange, who has been the state's attorney general. He's seen here at the Federalist Society's convention in Washington, D.C., last fall. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., attends a meeting on Capitol Hill on Nov. 29, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to nominate Sessions as U.S. attorney general. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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A welcome sign at the city limit of Gardendale, Ala. The city is trying to break away from the larger Jefferson County School System to form its own system. Mark Almond/WBHM hide caption

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This Mostly White City Wants To Leave Its Mostly Black School District

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Prisoners stand in a crowded lunch line at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala., on June 18, 2015. A trial starts Monday over conditions in Alabama's prisons. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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Alabama's Prison System Goes On Trial

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Artist William Christenberry at his home in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Christenberry died Monday at the age of 80. Greg Kahn/GRAIN for The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Christenberry explains his fascination with Sprott church

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A map from the National Weather Service shows tornado reports (red T), wind reports (blue W) and hail reports (green H) for Tuesday. More than 20 tornadoes were reported as a powerful storm system moved through the Southeast. Zoom in on the map here. National Weather Service/Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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