- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - On Monday, the Supreme Court:

_Agreed to decide whether a law barring the sale of videos depicting acts of cruelty to animals is consistent with First Amendment guarantees of free speech.

_Said it will rule on an effort by prosecutors in Iowa to end a civil rights lawsuit against them by two men whose convictions for killing a retired police officer were set aside.

_Stepped into a dispute over how to determine when the Constitution’s guarantee of a speedy criminal trial has been violated.

_Refused an appeal from a death row inmate in Texas over jurors’ consultation of a Bible in the course of their deliberations on his sentence.

_Declined to get involved in the case of a bank executive who was fired after he blew the whistle on allegedly shoddy accounting practices and sought reinstatement under a federal law that offers protection to workers who point out potential violations.

_Heard arguments in a case from Arizona over ongoing federal court supervision of the state’s programs for English learners.

_Considered whether the current Iraqi government can be sued by Americans who were held captive by Saddam Hussein’s regime during the Persian Gulf war in 1991.

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