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President Bush defied pundits on Tuesday, July 19, announcing Appellate Court Judge John Roberts as his pick to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. Roberts began lobbying for confirmation the morning after the announcement, and the pace of the debate is already picking up. If he is confirmed, Roberts, now 50, could potentially sit on the bench until 2030 or longer. Any president who gets to appoint a Supreme Court justice leaves a legacy. We are witnessing the Bush legacy unfold before our eyes. more...

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Peer-to-peer downloading suffered a blow when the High Court ruled that manufactures of the software enabling this type of file-swapping can be held liable for copyright infringement. While filmmakers and musicians hail the ruling as a victory, P2P software companies fear being slapped with hundreds of piracy lawsuits. more...

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Now that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced she will step down from the High Court and Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice John Paul Stevens are both expected to resign before the end of the summer, it appears that President Bush may get to appoint not one, not two, but three Supreme Court justices. Who will he nominate? Will Democrats filibuster? Will Republicans go nuclear? Let the battle for the Courts begin! more...

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In Merck KGaA v. Integra Lifesciences I, Ltd., the Supreme Court unanimously decided that drug companies can use rivals' patented compounds in even the earliest stages of their own research "so long as there is a reasonable basis for believing that the experiments will produce 'the types of information that are relevant'" to a future submission to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In any event, however, any new drug developed from an already-patented compound cannot be marketed until after the expiration of the original patent. more...

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Thou shalt not post the Ten Commandments ... or shalt thou? Two recent Supreme Court rulings did little to settle the ongoing debate over the separation of church and state. These highly anticipated rulings, handed down June 27, ordered that framed copies of the Ten Commandments be removed from a courthouse in Kentucky, but allowed a 6-foot granite replica in front of a Texas courthouse to remain. more...

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Property owners of America, take heed - in a landmark split decision issued June 23rd, the Supreme Court ruled that the government has the power to transfer ownership of private property from one citizen to another, starting with the homes of Susette Kelo, Bill Von Winkle, and other citizens of New London, Connecticut. more...

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