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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for the family of a Virginia man who was killed by police are trying to take his wrongful death suit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Daily Press reported Tuesday that attorneys for William A. "Bootsie" Cooper have filed one last appeal. They want to argue that a trial judge was wrong to bar evidence and dismiss the $10 million suit in 2016.

The 69-year-old Cooper was killed in a police raid of his Hampton home in 2011. They were looking for evidence that Cooper was selling prescription painkillers.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking up its second big partisan redistricting case of the term amid signs the justices could place limits on drawing maps for political gain.

The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed by Republicans in Maryland. They complain that Democrats who controlled the state government in 2011 drew a congressional district for the express purpose of ousting the Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - There's no one left on Delaware's death row, now that its last two inmates have been resentenced to life in prison.

The Wilmington News Journal reports 43-year-old Michael R. Manley and 43-year-old David D. Stevenson received modified sentences Tuesday in the 1995 killing of Kristopher Heath, a Macy's security officer set to testify against Stevenson in a theft case.

Delaware's Supreme Court found the state's death penalty unconstitutional in August 2016, when 13 men were on death row.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he believes congressional redistricting should be taken out of the hands of politicians, "regardless of who the governor is or what party's in power."

The Republican governor announced Thursday he would again push for a measure to put redistricting before a nonpartisan commission, despite the bill's failure to advance in recent years in the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats. That prompted a question at a news conference about whether he would still support reform, if he is re-elected.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state senator wants the chamber to censure Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller over remarks about Roger Taney.

A monument to the late U.S. Supreme Court justice, who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans, was removed Friday from the Maryland State House grounds in Annapolis.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been 50 years since the Supreme Court threw out laws that prohibited interracial marriage in the United States.

But some interracial couples say they still face discrimination and distrust in America from strangers and sometimes their own families.

Interracial marriages became legal nationwide on June 12, 1967, after the Supreme Court threw out a Virginia law used to arrest Mildred and Richard Loving. The Supreme Court's unanimous decision struck down the Virginia law and similar statutes in roughly one-third of the states.

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The battle over political signs in Milton will be decided in the courts.

The American Civil Liberties Union said that the removal of four signs critical of the Trump administration from the property of 62-year old Penny Nickerson was unconstitutional.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city has responded saying that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities may impose the reasonable regulation of signs as necessary.

It adds that the regulations do not discriminate on the basis of political points of view.    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender teenager who sued his eastern Virginia school board for the right to use the boys' bathroom have filed a new brief arguing his case still is relevant even though he's about to graduate from high school. 

The filing Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that Gavin Grimm would be subjected to an illegal school board policy barring him from using the boys bathroom when visiting the school as an alumnus.

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Senator Ben Cardin says he will support the filibuster against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cardin said he held Republicans responsible for making the confirmation process untenable and for the consequences.

He also took aim at the failure of the Republicans to allow the consideration of Merrick Garland President Obama’s nominee to fill the same seat.

The Maryland Democrat made the announcement on Twitter and it came shortly after it was announced that the Democrats had the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster.

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Senator Tom Carper says he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Neal Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Citing the refusal of Republicans to consider President Obama’s choice for the bench Judge Merrick Garland last year the Delaware Democrat said he believed it would be inappropriate to approve president’s Trump’s nominee.

He noted that Garland waited 293 for a hearing and vote that never came while a hearing on Gorsuch took place 48 days after his nomination.

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