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States May Become Constitutional Battlegrounds Over Civil Liberties

Constitutional battles over civil liberties could intensify at the state level -- continuing a more than two-decade-long trend -- if the Supreme Court becomes more conservative under President Bush, according to University at Buffalo Law Professor James A. Gardner.

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Rehnquist's Legacy: Efforts to Limit Federal Powers, Dissent in Roe v. Wade

If Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist soon retires from the bench because of thyroid cancer -- as many speculate he will -- he will leave behind a legacy as "a strong chief justice, generally well-liked by his brethren," according to a Supreme Court expert at the University at Buffalo.

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The Truce May Be Over

In May, Senate Democrats and Republicans called an uneasy truce in their war over judicial nominations, narrowly avoiding a filibuster showdown. But that ceasefire may have ended with the retirement announcement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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Experts Comment on Justice O'Connor, Future of Supreme Court

University of Maryland experts are weighing in on the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Although not unexpected, the resignation presents some political complications for President Bush.

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Grokster Ruling Is Good, Bad News for Copyright Law

The Supreme Court's decision in MGM v. Grokster offers both good news and bad news for copyright law and followers of new technologies, like P2P, according to Shubha Ghosh, professor of law at the University at Buffalo and an expert on intellectual property and cyberspace law.

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National CyberEducation Project Launched as Grokster Decision Approaches

As the Supreme Court decision in MGM Studios v. Grokster approaches, the National CyberEducation Project launches. The School of Law project hopes to stimulate discussion of intellectual property rights -- primarily about the unauthorized file-sharing of music and movies -- at college and university campuses.

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Social Workers Support Client Confidentiality Through Friend of the Court Brief

Colorado social worker, Jennifer Bier, is facing jail for refusing to turn over her confidential psychotherapy notes to a military judge. She lost her last appeal in Denver yesterday and will be appealing to the Supreme Court Friday.

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Supreme Court Likely to Side with 'Grokster' in Internet File-Sharing Case

In a case that could affect millions of consumers who use file-sharing software to copy music and video content, the Supreme Court likely will uphold a 1984 ruling stating that companies that offer copying technologies can not be held liable for copyright infringements of users.

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Ten-Commandments Rulings Will Draw Line Between Religion, History

In the continuing cultural battle over the separation of church and state, the Supreme Court will be challenged to draw a line between what is religious and what is historical or cultural when it soon rules on two cases involving the Ten Commandments.

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Judicial Confirmations -- History, Politics & Rhetoric: UM Expert

University of Maryland political communication expert Trevor Parry-Giles, author of "The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process," can comment on the current impasse over judicial confirmations.







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