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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.

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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked a federal appeals court to allow him to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McDonnell filed the motion Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel of the court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full 15-member court said Tuesday that it won't reconsider that panel's ruling. The court didn't say whether McDonnell will be allowed to remain free pending further appeal.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick alderwoman is renewing a call for removing a statue of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from City Hall.

Taney wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision upholding slavery. The ruling became a catalyst for the Civil War.  It called black people "beings of an inferior order."

Taney practiced law in Frederick from 1801 to 1823.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have decided not to develop the state's own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act and instead will keep the current state-federal partnership model.

Delaware was granted nonbinding approval in June to develop a supported state-based health insurance marketplace, but Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said Thursday that the state will not move forward with the plan.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he'll make a renewed push to expand Medicaid now that Republican primaries are over and the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe said Thursday in a conference call with reporters that the Republican lawmakers who have previously blocked Medicaid expansion will be more open to compromise during next year's legislative session.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Republican candidate in last year's recorder of deeds race in Kent County.

The court ruled Thursday that a judge should have dismissed a petition filed by La Mar Gunn challenging the election results, rather than ordering a hand recount. That recount ended in a tie, and Democratic Gov. Jack Markell appointed Democratic incumbent Betty Lou McKenna to the office.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Senate has unanimously approved Gov. Jack Markell's nominations to fill vacancies on the state Supreme Court and Superior Court.

Senators on Wednesday confirmed Collins Seitz Jr. to succeed retired Supreme Court Justice Henry DuPont Ridgely. They also approved Jeffrey Clark, a Kent County lawyer, state Public Service Commission member, and former Senate attorney, for a Superior Court judgeship.

The votes came after friendly vettings by the Senate Executive Committee.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The newly elected Carroll County Commissioners are standing silent on a disputed public-prayer policy.

The five-member, all-Republican board opened its first meeting Tuesday in Westminster with a moment of silence instead of a prayer. They took no official action regarding the previous board's policy of opening meetings with sometimes overtly Christian prayers, said by the commissioners themselves.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor says the state will review its collective bargaining arrangement for home-care workers after a Supreme Court ruling on those workers and union costs.

The court ruled 5-4 on Monday that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

Maryland is one of at least nine other states that have allowed home care workers to join unions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute over how a state may tax income its residents earn in another state.

The high court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal from Maryland officials to overturn a lower court ruling that found the state's tax law unconstitutional.

Maryland law allows residents to deduct income taxes paid to other states from their Maryland state tax. But it does not apply that deduction when it comes to local "piggyback taxes" the state collects for county and city governments.

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The Carroll County Commissioners are reverting to a disputed prayer policy in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The five Republican commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to reverse their April decision limiting opening prayers at public meetings to nonsectarian invocations. Last month's resolution followed a federal court order barring the commissioners from opening their meetings with overtly Christian prayers.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The Carroll County Commissioners are reviewing their prayer policy in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The agenda for Thursday's meeting in Westminster includes a discussion of the board's April decision limiting opening prayers at public meetings to nonsectarian invocations. The decision followed a federal court order barring the commissioners from opening meetings with overtly Christian prayers.

In a ruling Monday, the Supreme Court approved of Christian opening prayers said by clergy at public meetings in the town of Greece, New York.

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A federal judge in Baltimore is lifting an order barring Christian prayers at the opening of government meetings in Carroll County, Maryland.

Judge William Quarles vacated his March 25 preliminary injunction Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, New York.

The plaintiffs in the Maryland case say they won't be deterred.

Attorney David Niose of the American Humanist Association says the two cases are factually different.

After 30 years in prison for the beating death and robbery of Howard Marshall Charles Rusty Blizzard walked out a freeman escaping a life sentence.

A Delaware judge ordered his release because of a Supreme Court decision that ruled it was cruel and unusual punishment to automatically sentence a juvenile to life in prison.

Blizzard was 17 in 1982 when the fatal beating occurred.

At his trial he denied he had anything to do with the beating but when he was released yesterday…he apologized to his victim’s sister calling the crime senseless.    

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says young college students should embrace the pursuit of knowledge, learn how to give to others, and keep their friends and family close.

Sotomayor visited the University of Delaware on Thursday to talk about her best-selling memoir, entitled "My Beloved World," which was published earlier this year.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is visiting Delaware to talk about her recently published memoir.

Official at the University of Delaware were expecting a big crowd for Thursday afternoon's appearance by Sotomayor at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Sotomayor will discuss her best-selling memoir, entitled "My Beloved World," which was published earlier this year. Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court, was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents and grew up in the Bronx.


The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will allow the Virginia Counties of Accomack and Northampton on the Eastern Shore to make electoral changes without getting pre-clearance of the federal government.

Before the ruling any such change such as redrawing electoral districts to the choice of voting machines had to wait 60 day for a decision from the U.S. Justice Department.

The US Supreme Court has finished the arguments from two major cases that could have sweeping ramifications for same-sex marriage advocates. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has reaction to the implications of a Court decision that is expected by the end of June.

Senator Ben Cardin hailed today Supreme Court decision upholding the president’s Health Care Reform Acting calling it a win for the American people and the future of the health care system.  

He said that this paves the way for everyone to have access to affordable, quality care and protect against abusive practices by the insurance industry.

The Maryland Democrat said the measure would extend coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured and improve Medicare coverage for nearly 50 million people.


The Medical society of Delaware said that it respects the decision by the Supreme on the Health Care Reform act and sees this as an opportunity to continue to improve access to quality, affordable health insurance for all Americans.

It added that it hoped this would remove all barriers to access to health care.

However, the Society said that it was concerned about the issue of actual insurance affordability fearing that the demand will still exist for free clinics and other safety net programs such as its Voluntary Initiative Program.