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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to put a Virginia death row inmate's execution on hold so he can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued an order Thursday declining the request from Ivan Teleguz, who is scheduled to be executed April 25.

Teleguz was sentenced to death in 2006 for hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend but maintains he's innocent. He asked the 4th Circuit last week to stay his execution so the high court could review his argument that he was denied the right to effective counsel.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The 17-year-old at the center of a high-profile lawsuit over transgender students' bathroom access says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to back out of his case is a disappointment that will keep other students like him in limbo.

Gavin Grimm, a high school senior in Gloucester, Virginia, spoke to reporters Monday, hours after the justices handed his case back to a lower court without reaching a decision.

Grimm said that while he hoped for a different outcome, he's "just as empowered" as ever and ready to stick with it.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Virginia school board that wants to keep a transgender teen from using the boys' restroom at his high school is calling on the Supreme Court to delay consideration of the case to allow the Trump administration to weigh in.

A delay also could allow time for Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The Gloucester County school board says in a letter to the court that the justices should decide whether the federal anti-sex discrimination law for education applies to high school senior Gavin Grimm and other transgender students.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is mainly ruling for African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed 12 legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.

The justices said Wednesday that a lower court that upheld the 12 districts used the wrong legal standard when it determined that race did not play too large a role in creating the districts.

African-Americans made up at least 55 percent of eligible voters in each district.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape in 2006.

William Morva argued that he should have been allowed to present evidence that he wouldn't pose a risk of future violence if he was spared the death penalty.

But the justices on Tuesday left in place an appeals court ruling that rejected those claims.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has upheld the court-ordered sale of a successful New York-based translation company after a judge concluded the relationship between the company's two co-founders and sole directors had devolved into "complete dysfunction."

In a 4-1 ruling Monday, the justices affirmed a Chancery Court ruling ordering the sale of TransPerfect Global, which provides translation, website localization, and other services, with offices in more than 90 cities worldwide.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Slants aren't exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has made its mark in the legal world.

The Oregon-based group has spent years locked in a First Amendment battle with the government, which refuses to register a trademark for the band's name because it's considered offensive to Asians.

That fight will play out Wednesday in the nation's highest court as the justices consider whether a law barring disparaging trademarks violates the band's free-speech rights.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from tobacco companies that wanted to reduce payments owed to Maryland and Pennsylvania.

After a federal arbitration panel in 2013 cut the annual payments by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA, and others, state courts ruled that was wrong. The justices are leaving those rulings in place. The payments reimburse the states for smoking-related health costs.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a claim by Delaware that it should get $150 million from uncashed MoneyGram checks.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the high court is weighing the demand by 23 states who say they should get the money.

Those states say the money should go to the place where the transaction occurred while Delaware says it should go to the state where the company is incorporated.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is officially a free man, but he paid a heavy price to get there.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday they're moving to drop corruption charges against McDonnell in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor's corruption conviction.

The court unanimously held that the actions McDonnell took to benefit a businessman who gave him luxury gifts may have been distasteful but did not cross the line into illegal conduct.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland city's plan to rid its City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery won't be second-guessed by the state.

Maryland Historical Trust Director Elizabeth Hughes wrote in a Sept. 2 letter to officials in Frederick that the agency lacks jurisdiction because the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (TAW'-nee) is not covered by an easement for a 1983 building preservation grant.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys are meeting with a judge in advance of the retrial of a former death-row inmate for a drug-related killing.

Monday's pretrial conference involves the prosecution of Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted in the 2010 death of 30-year-old James Mumford in Dover.

Delaware's Supreme Court last year ordered a new trial for McCoy because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his first trial.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) – There will be no trial in a legal dispute over the Ten Commandments in Western Maryland. The plaintiff has withdrawn his lawsuit.

Jeffrey Davis of Swanton voluntarily dropped the matter without explanation in a letter filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He declined to explain his decision when reached by telephone Tuesday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Virginia's former first lady say her corruption convictions should be vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her husband's convictions.
 
News outlets report that Maureen McDonnell's attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate her convictions in a motion filed Monday. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The high court overturned his conviction and sent it back to the appeals court.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Top Virginia Republicans have asked the Justice Department to stop trying to convict former Gov. Bob McDonnell of corruption.

House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Friday that prosecuting McDonnell again will "unnecessarily disrupt" the state and be costly to taxpayers. 

McDonnell was convicted in 2014 of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for gifts and loans.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.
 
The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
 
Republican members of Congress wanted the court to reinstate the districting map. But the justices ruled that the elected officials did not have the right to challenge the court ruling.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

The senator is set to meet Garland on Monday in Washington and meet with reporters.

The Maryland Democrat says it's necessary for the Senate to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to consider the nomination through a fair hearing and thoughtful floor debate.

Cardin says Garland is an "eminently qualified pick."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is signaling it probably will reject a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.
 
The court's liberal justices sounded skeptical Monday about a challenge brought by Republican members of Congress who want the Supreme Court to reinstate a districting map that had been tossed out by a lower court.
 
The lower court said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
 
A 4-4 tie would uphold the lower court ruling.
 
 

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A measure in the Virginia legislature would allow state government officials from having to perform same-sex marriages if it violates their religious beliefs.

The bill also would allow religious organizations and their employees to deny services and facilities for marriage related activities.

The bill was approved by a legislative committee despite the opposition of the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality Virginia.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the legislation was introduced after the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a new congressional map for Virginia on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries.

A three-judge panel last week ordered the state to impose a new redistricting plan crafted by a court-appointed expert. The panel had previously ruled that lawmakers in 2012 illegally packed black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Bobby Scott, to make surrounding districts safer for GOP incumbents.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions has gotten support from former lawyers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Media outlets report that Greg Craig, former White House counsel for Obama, and John M. Quinn, former counsel to Clinton, were among the signers of 11 amicus briefs that support McDonnell's position in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A 55-year-old law school student from Maryland is having his case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Stephen Shapiro's case began with his frustration over the way Maryland redrew the state's eight Congressional districts in 2011. The American University law school student sees the shapes of some of the state's districts as nonsensical. But several months after he sued over the districts in 2013 a judge threw the lawsuit out, ruling it wasn't based on a valid legal theory.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board is scheduled to consider a contract to hire auditors temporarily to help the state process nearly 18,000 amended personal income tax returns due to a Supreme Court decision.

The Board of Public Works is set to take up the contract for up to $600,000 Wednesday.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick officials have approved a resolution to move a bronze bust of the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the Board of Alderman's unanimous decision Thursday begins a process that could lead to removing the bust of Roger Brooke Taney (TAW'-nee) from outside City Hall, where it has been since 1931.

Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak says other commissions will be asked for their input on possibly relocating the statue.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his public corruption convictions.

McDonnell's attorneys filed their petition Tuesday, arguing that he was convicted based on an overly broad definition of corruption that puts all elected officials at risk of prosecution.

Prosecutors have 30 days to respond. The justices have no deadline for deciding whether to consider the appeal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot are urging state residents who paid income taxes in another state between 2011 and 2014 to apply for a tax refund against the county portion of their income taxes.

The Republican governor and the Democratic comptroller made the announcement Monday.

Hogan says an estimated 55,000 taxpayers are eligible, due to a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Hogan says it could add up to more than $200 million.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Monday giving prosecutors until Wednesday to respond to McDonnell's request to remain free. The order also says a federal appeals court order that puts the wheels in motion to send McDonnell to prison will be put on hold until Roberts or the Supreme Court can decide on McDonnell's request.

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush next month when her initial appointment expires.

McAuliffe told reporters his plans Monday after the state Senate adjourned from a special legislative session meant to produce a new state congressional map and settle a state Supreme Court appointment.

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