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Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan await the start of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan await the start of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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From left, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talk prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Justice Elena Kagan noted that when a judge errs in instructing jurors before they deliberate, the government may not appeal if the defendant is found not guilty. (Associated Press)