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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (center) leaves Manhattan state Supreme Court with his wife, Anne Sinclair, and attorney Benjamin Brafman after a hearing Tuesday in New York. A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn.

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Associated Press Liberal California law professor Goodwin Liu, nominated Tuesday to the state Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown, said he looked forward "to the opportunity to serve the people of California on our state's highest court."

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Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, while testifying as a nominee in June 2010, reportedly told a Senate panel she had never been asked about her opinion or had offered any comments about proposed health care legislation while solicitor general. (Associated Press)

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said that the president should not expect a retirement letter from her before 2015. (Associated Press)

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Associated Press photographs Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, "Any increase in speech resulting from the Arizona law is of one kind and one kind only: that of publicly financed candidates."

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The Supreme Court heard the Sacketts' legal petition last week and could decide as early as Monday on whether the justices will take up their case. (Pacific Legal Foundation photograph)

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Wal-Mart employee Betty Dukes was involved in a sex-discrimination lawsuit against the retail giant that the Supreme Court on Monday ruled could not proceed. (Associated Press)

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Carol Rosenblatt (right), of the District, takes part in a rally at the Supreme Court on March 29 in support of plaintiffs in a case of female employees against Wal-Mart. The National Women's Law Center decried Monday's ruling, which held there were too many female plaintiffs in too many different jobs to justify a class-action lawsuit. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** In this photo from March 29, 2011, Carol Rosenblatt (right), of Washington, and others take part in rally outside the Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs in a case of women employees against Wal-Mart. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** In this photo from March 17, 2011, Christine Kwapnoski is seen at her home in Bay Point, Calif. The Supreme Court has ruled against Kwapnoski and four other plaintiffs in a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of women who work there. (Associated Press)

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens on May 19, 2011, to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court on Thursday. A judge set bail at $1 million Thursday. (Associated Press)

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer speaks while leading the annual ceremonies in the Capitol to remember the Holocaust. Justice Breyer noted the rule of law is important in protecting mankind from the evils of arbitrary power. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is hoping the Supreme Court will fast-track his health care law appeal. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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RETAIL POLITICS: Eva Yung, of Alexandria, joins other protesters at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices heard arguments as to whether a group of female plaintiffs can bring a class-action discrimination suit against Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. (left) and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. stand together often when it comes to U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The appointees of President George W. Bush are both young and conservative. (Associated Press)

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Some of the famous and influential people who have been Mr. D'Ambrosio's clients are (from top left) former Vice President Dick Cheney, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr., former D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, nd Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl.

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** FILE ** Rebekah Phelps-Roper, demonstrating near the Tennessee Capitol in 2006, is a member of Westboro Baptist Church, a group whose right to protest at funerals of American soldiers killed in combat carrying signs such as "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "Priests Rape Boys'' was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011. (Associated Press)

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Albert Snyder (center), flanked by his attorneys, walks to a news conference after the Supreme Court's 8-1 ruling in favor of Westboro Baptist Church ended Mr. Snyder's suit against the church for emotional distress after church members marched at the 2006 funeral Mass of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder and carried signs with anti-gay, anti-military and anti-Catholic messages. (Associated Press)

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Margie Phelps, second from right, a daughter of Fred Phelps, and the lawyer who argued the case for of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Tokepa Kan., walks from the Supreme Court, in Washington on Oct. 6, 2010. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, March 2, 2011, that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)