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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.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group of Virginians who unsuccessfully challenged the state's legislative boundaries in federal court is appealing a recent ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The group, which is backed by lawyers who frequently work for the Democratic Party, filed its notice of appeal Monday.

Last week a panel of federal judges rejected the allegations that the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving a Maryland dispute over whether a state can offer ratepayer subsidies to build a power plant on its borders.
The court announced Monday it will hear two cases involving a deal by the state Public Service Commission to construct the plant.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that upheld the conviction of George W. Huguely V in the beating death of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old from suburban Baltimore.

Huguely's lawyers argued that he was denied the right to a fair trial after one of his attorneys became too sick to appear in court and the trial judge allowed proceedings to go ahead anyway.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is due to decide whether to hear the case of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

The Daily Progress of Charlottesville reports that the Supreme Court will review a petition Monday that defense attorneys for 27-year-old George Huguely V filed in June.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - His legal options running out, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that he be allowed to stay out of prison while he makes his final appeal on public corruption convictions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has declined to review the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.

The 15-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based appeals court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full court says it won't reconsider that panel's ruling.

A lawyer for the former governor says McDonnell will appeal his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set a tentative date for a court-ordered special legislative session to redraw Virginia's congressional boundaries.
McAuliffe's office said Tuesday the governor has informed leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly that he intends to call a special session on Aug. 17.
A 2-1 ruling in June by a panel of judges directed the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct a 2012 redistricting plan the court found used race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.

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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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WASHINGTON (AP)- The Supreme Court will decide whether it was proper for a single federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging Maryland's 2011 congressional redistricting plan.

The justices on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from a group of Maryland residents who say their First Amendment challenge should have been reviewed by a three-judge panel.

Federal law requires a special panel of three judges to hear constitutional redistricting cases unless a single judge who initially considers the case decides it is frivolous or "obviously without merit."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says former Delaware prison administrators are immune from a lawsuit over a 2004 inmate suicide.
The justices on Monday ruled against the family of Christopher Barkes, who hanged himself just hours after being arrested for violating probation.
A federal appeals court ruled last year that the family could pursue claims that the prison violated Barkes' constitutional rights by failing to conduct a proper suicide prevention screening.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A state Senate committee isn't ready to take Virginia's overturned gay-marriage ban out of the state constitution.

On an 8-7 party-line vote Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Privileges and Elections Committee rejected a proposal to begin the process of repealing the amendment approved by Virginia voters in 2006 defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The ban was effectively nullified by a series of federal court decisions last year, and same-sex couples have been getting married since October.

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In Virginia same-sex couples will be celebrating their nuptials with a state sanctioned marriage license.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear appeals to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage by five states including Virginia.

That action immediately legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

In Northampton County, the court clerk Traci Johnson said she and her counterparts in the rest of the state will begin receiving instructions and revised forms via email for issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't review a decision upholding Maryland's law requiring handgun permit applicants to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business.

The high court on Tuesday refused to hear from Raymond Woollard and the Second Amendment Foundation, Inc., who say the law violates the Second Amendment.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the federal government cannot discriminate against married same-sex couples. On his way back from the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, Mayor Jim Ireton told WSCL this decision was part of extending rights to all people.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush: