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In a congressional hearing on Monday, Justices Breyer and Kennedy criticized the state of the American corrections system and urged Congress to improve it.
Alabama became the third state to halt its executions until after the Supreme Court rules on lethal injection later this year.
The Court considered the issue of violent confrontations between law enforcement and the mentally ill in Monday’s San Francisco v. Sheehan.
The justices seemed skeptical toward a claim that the First Amendment prevents states from regulating the content of vanity license plate logos.
In 2012, the Court ruled that sentencing juveniles to life without parole was unconstitutional. The Court will now consider whether juveniles sentenced under the old laws should be re-sentenced.
The Court rejected Alabama’s racially charged gerrymandering plan in a 5-4 vote led by Justice Breyer.
The justices appeared closely divided in Wednesday’s oral arguments on the legality of new EPA regulations on toxic emissions.
Peggy Young, the UPS worker who alleged workplace discrimination due to her pregnancy, has been given another chance to prove her case in a lower court with the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday.