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Supreme decisions

Law | In the first weeks of a new term, the high court meditates on bad words, Gnostic gambits, dolphin rights, and compulsory union payments
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 10/18/08, 12:00 am

Fourteen: That's how many times the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in its fight to roll back compulsory unionism. They're going at it again in a high court term that, among other battles, pits environmentalism against national security, and defines the limits of free speech.

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First Monday in October

Law | The U.S.
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/06/08, 12:00 am

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court headed for its new term Monday with a high-profile case between Altria Group Inc., parent of the cigarette company Philip Morris, and smokers seeking damages, addressing the limits of lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers.

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The power of three

Law | How a trio of pastors sparked the movement to give California voters the last word on same-sex marriage in their state
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 7/26/08, 12:00 am

SAN DIEGO- From the dusty Mexican border to the redwoods of the north, from broiling eastern deserts to the cool Pacific coast, on June 25, the prayers of more than a thousand pastors covered California like a quilt. The locus: Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego County. There, nearly 300 people, most of them pastors, gathered to pray, repent, and strategize for November, when Californians will vote on a constitutional amendment affirming the historical definition of marriage.

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