Possible Supreme Court nominee Wood in the spotlight as judges take up religious bias case

Possible SupCo nominee in the spotlight at hearing

CHICAGO — When a federal appeals court meets in Chicago to take up a bitter dispute over alleged religious discrimination by a condo association the judges themselves could end up as the main attraction.

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Specter tries to minimize political damage as Democrats fail to honor his Senate seniority

Specter plays down loss of committee seniority

WASHINGTON — Sen. Arlen Specter sought to minimize any political damage Wednesday after fellow Democrats decided against honoring the 28 years’ seniority he accumulated as a Republican before switching parties last week.

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Top Judiciary Republican says Republicans should be wary of filibustering court nominee

Top Republican inclined against Scotus filibuster

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s inclined against trying to use a filibuster to block President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

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Senate passes resolution making new Democrat Specter the most junior on committees

New Democrat Specter loses committee seniority

WASHINGTON — Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party has cost him his seniority on Senate committees.

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Justice Souter, in rare display of emotion, says goodbye to his judges in Philadelphia

Souter bids fond, emotional farewell to his judges

PHILADELPHIA — Supreme Court Justice David Souter, momentarily choked with emotion, bid an affectionate farewell Tuesday to judges and lawyers he has worked with for nearly two decades.

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Senate Majority Leader Reid wants Obama to make a nonconventional Supreme Court choice

Reid: No filibuster expected on Obama Supco choice

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he hopes President Barack Obama will make an unconventional choice for a Supreme Court justice to succeed Justice David Souter.

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Supreme Court prospects’ stock holdings could pose conflict-of-interest problems for cases

Stocks could pose conflicts for court prospects

WASHINGTON — Some Supreme Court prospects have extensive corporate holdings, including shares in Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric and Microsoft and stock in a manufacturer that recalled lead-paint-coated “Flush & Sounds Potty” toilet seats.

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GOP picking conservative Southerner Sessions to lead fight on Obama’s court nomination

Conservative Sessions leads court nomination fight

WASHINGTON — The top Republican in the Senate served notice on President Barack Obama Tuesday that the GOP won’t rubber-stamp his choice to succeed the retiring Justice David Souter.

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Senate Majority Leader Reid wants Obama to make a nonconventional Supreme Court choice

Reid hopes Obama makes unconventional Supco choice

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he hopes President Barack Obama will make an unconventional choice for a Supreme Court justice to succeed Justice David Souter.

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Mental health courts increase despite objections from some about funding, effectiveness

Mental health courts increase despite debate

NORFOLK, Va. — When the judge calls her name the lady pops up, slipping on her long, red jacket and floppy hat as she approaches the bench.

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