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Some Delaware lawmakers are moving to make sure that abortion will still be legal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe V. Wade that made it a right.

Still on the books is a Delaware law that would bar abortion except in a few instances but was made moot by the 1973 court decision.

With the possibility that President Trump may appoint enough justices to overturn that ruling State Senator Bryan Townsend says it’s time to make sure that a right to an abortion is legal in the First State.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Tim Kaine is joining with most of his Democratic colleagues and says he will vote to filibuster President Donald Trump's choice of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.

The Virginia Democrat and vice presidential running mate last year for Hillary Clinton cited Gorsuch's opinion that employers have the right to deny government-mandated contraception coverage for their workers in explaining his opposition.

Kaine said such rulings "do not demonstrate a philosophy that belongs on the Supreme Court."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear the death row case of a man who was convicted of killing a Richmond family of four.

The high court denied Ricky Gray's petition for a rehearing Monday after declining last month to hear his appeal.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring another man to kill his ex-girlfriend is planning to ask Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt his execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear Ivan Teleguz's appeal.

Attorney Michael Williams said in an email that Teleguz will now ask the Democratic governor for clemency. Williams said McAuliffe will decide "whether to prevent the Commonwealth from executing an innocent man."

A McAuliffe spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding a status conference with attorneys regarding a murder suspect whose case led to Delaware's death penalty being overturned by the state Supreme Court.

Tuesday's court conference involves Benjamin Rauf, charged with first-degree murder in last year's drug-related killing of 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin, a fellow Temple University law school graduate. Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school.

The Gloucester County School Board formally asked the high court on Monday to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the board's policy barring Gavin Grimm from the boys' restroom violates federal law.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general says he will not appeal a state Supreme Court decision declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional, but that he believes the ruling cannot be applied retroactively to the 13 men currently on death row.

In a statement Monday, Democratic Attorney General Matt Denn's office said he has decided not to appeal the Aug. 2 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.

The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for a transgender teen in Virginia is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to bar him from using the boys restroom when he returns to school this fall.

In a brief filed Tuesday in the high court, Josh Block of the American Civil Liberties Union says the Gloucester County School Board has failed to show that it will be irreparably harmed by allowing Gavin Grimm to use the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity while his case plays out in lower courts.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case - to allow both sides time to analyze it.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the U.S. Attorney's Office said the motion filed jointly Thursday proposes that parties file a briefing schedule or update the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on discussions after 30 days.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A special three-judge panel is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging Maryland's congressional districts map.

The case being heard Tuesday was filed in June 2015 and argues that Maryland's map violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to have the maps, which were redrawn in 2011, declared unconstitutional.

The hearing in federal court in Baltimore is a result of a U.S. Supreme Court case decided late last year. The case said that certain cases can't be thrown out by a single judge but must first be heard by a three-judge panel.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is rejecting a conservative group's challenge to a Delaware campaign finance law.

The justices on Tuesday left in place a lower court ruling allowing the 2012 law to be enforced. The measure requires third-party groups working independently of candidates to influence elections to disclose the source of donations.

Delaware Strong Families challenged the disclosure requirements.

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said they would have heard the group's appeal.

The case is Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, 15-1234.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The American Bar Association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a Virginia death row inmate's appeal.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the group says it filed a brief urging the high court to hear Ricky Gray's case because the state court didn't hold an evidentiary hearing before dismissing allegations that his death sentence was imposed in violation of his constitutional rights.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows race to be considered in college admissions will allow Delaware University campuses to continue their efforts to expand minority representation in a mostly white student body.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the fall of 2015 75% of the undergraduates were white.

That stands in contrast to state’s population that is 64 percent white.

The News Journal reports that earlier this year among the efforts to expand minority representation the University made SAT scores optional.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Pennsylvania officials have asked a judge to move their federal lawsuit against Delaware to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Pennsylvania is accusing Delaware of wrongfully seizing more than $10 million in unclaimed money orders.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case.

Ivan Teleguz claims in a petition recently filed with the Supreme Court that he hasn't had a fair opportunity to show that his defense attorneys provided ineffective counsel during his 2006 trial.

Teleguz, who's from Ukraine, was set to be executed on April 13. But the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted Ivan Teleguz's execution in March, pending review of his petition by the nation's highest court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court won't reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling that a transgender teen must be allowed to use the boys' restroom at school.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Gloucester County School Board's appeal on Tuesday.

The school board had asked for a full-court review after a three-judge panel said schools are bound by Department of Education guidelines, which say students must be allowed to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after his execution was stayed by a federal appeals court.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted Ivan Teleguz's execution, pending review of his petition by the nation's highest court. Teleguz was set to be executed on April 13.

Teleguz was convicted in 2006 of hiring another man to kill his former girlfriend. Since then, two key prosecution witnesses have recanted.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A conservative group is taking its fight against a Delaware campaign finance law to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Delaware Strong Families filed a petition last week asking the court to hear the case.

The group is challenging a 2012 law regarding third-party entities working independently of political candidates to influence elections.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Prosecutors are arguing to the Delaware Supreme Court that the state's capital punishment process is constitutional, despite two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that raise questions about the state's law.

Attorneys from the Delaware Department of Justice earlier this week filed a 44-page brief refuting arguments made by public defenders that Delaware's statute is unconstitutional because judges, not juries, have the final say in imposing a death sentence.

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Starting today you will able to see the Delaware Supreme Court in action in real time.

The high court begins live video streaming of non-confidential oral arguments today.

In 2004, it began providing audio posts of its recordings of oral arguments.

In a press release the court said that live video streaming was the next logical step.

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided audio recordings of its proceedings.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal team has filed its opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing McDonnell was unfairly convicted on an overly broad definition of bribery.

McDonnell's legal team said Monday it filed its first brief with the high court. In it, his lawyers say the federal government has interpreted bribery law in a way that allows prosecutors "to investigate and indict essentially any official they choose."

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Senator Chris Coons says that the White House should nominate someone to the U.S. Supreme Court who is confirmable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat told reporters that the Senate should move forward with an appointment by President Obama to replace Justice Antonin Scalia who died earlier this month.

Even as Coons was responding to questions by reporters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on the floor telling his colleagues that no nominee should be considered until after the presidential election in November.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland residents challenging their state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts are adding more plaintiffs to their case.

A motion submitted in the case Tuesday adds six new plaintiffs to the original three. The case was initially thrown out, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in December that was premature.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has halted all trials and penalty hearings in capital murder cases while Delaware's Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law.

The order was issued Monday President Judge Jan Jurden, head of the Superior Court system. Last week, the Supreme Court accepted several questions submitted by a Superior Court judge regarding the roles of judges and juries in Delaware death penalty cases.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker in Virginia is pushing legislation that would allow clerks to refuse to issue licenses for marriages they object to on moral or religious grounds.

Republican Sen. Charles Carrico of Galax said many of his constituents were concerned about what happened to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail last year for denying licenses to same-sex couples.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal court has picked a new congressional map for Virginia that could be in place for this year's election.

A three-judge panel on Thursday ordered the state to implement a new redistricting plan suggested by a special expert.

Last year the panel concluded for a second time that legislators in 2012 illegally packed black voters into one district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has suggested a conditional fix for redrawing Virginia's congressional map.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne made the suggestion during a hearing on Monday. Payne is a member of a three-judge panel that twice ruled legislators in 2012 illegally packed voters into the 3rd congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has unanimously sided with Maryland residents who say a judge prematurely threw out their challenge to the state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts
The court ruled Tuesday that federal law requires that the Maryland case be heard by a panel of three judges, not the lone judge who dismissed the challenge.
Justice Antonin Scalia said the law "could not be clearer."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland residents arguing that their lawsuit over the state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts was thrown out prematurely seemed to find some sympathy with justices at the U.S. Supreme Court.

During oral arguments Wednesday, the residents' lawyer asked the Supreme Court to agree that that the lawsuit should have been forwarded to a three-judge panel, not dismissed by a single judge.