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Court won’t review appeal of mentally impaired man sentenced to death

Supreme Court won’t review case of Texas death row inmate who may be mentally impaired The Supreme Court won’t review a claim by a Texas death row inmate who says his mental impairment should prevent his execution. The court said Monday won’t hear an appeal from Michael Wayne Hall. A…

Court halts California gay marriage

A US court blocked same-sex marriages in California until at least December while an appeal is considered, in a battle over gay rights that could make its way to the Supreme Court. The decision by the federal court of appeals came hours after gay marriage opponents urged a ban on…

Appeal of ruling could delay gay weddings in CA

Judge overturns Calif. gay marriage ban, but appeal may put same-sex weddings on hold. A judge struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban as an unconstitutional violation of gay couples’ civil rights, but a pending appeal of the landmark ruling could prevent gay weddings from resuming in the state any time…

Court rebukes government attempt to use secret evidence in torture lawsuit

A court rejected Tuesday a government attempt to use secret evidence to defend alleged conspiracy in torture, in a ruling welcomed by former Guantanamo Bay inmates. Three Court of Appeal judges ruled that secret evidence cannot be used in civil proceedings brought by six ex-detainees of the notorious US prison…

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