In addition to hearing two cases on the exclusionary rule and issuing a per curiam opinion overturning the grant of a new trial on Batson grounds (see story, page 12A), the Supreme Court on Monday:
* Declined to block the release of Federal Reserve Board documents identifying financial companies that received Fed loans to survive the financial crisis (see story, page 7A).
* Refused to hear a Republican-backed challenge of federal campaign finance restrictions. Former Louisiana Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao and the Republican National Committee wanted the Supreme Court to invalidate the $42,000 federal limit on what state and national parties could spend in 2010 in coordinated efforts on behalf of a candidate in his race. Cao v. Federal Election Commission, 10-776.
* Agreed to decide whether government officials who testify falsely while acting as complaining witnesses have absolute immunity from civil lawsuits. Rehberg v. Paulk, 10-788.
* Took on the case of Cory Maples, a death-row inmate in Alabama whose attorneys failed to appeal on time when a judge rejected his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. An Alabama appellate court and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had said that, by missing the deadline, Maples lost his chance to appeal his execution. Maples v. Allen, 10-63.
* Refused to get involved in a fight between Eminem’s former production company and Universal Music Group over downloads of the rapper’s songs and ringtones. Aftermath Records v. F.B.T. Productions, LLC, 10-768.
* Let stand a patent ruling that lets Daiichi Sankyo Co. ward off competition to its hypertension drugs, Benicar and Azor, until October 2016. Mylan Inc., which is based in Canonsburg, Pa., was aiming to sell generic versions of the drugs. The case is Mylan v. Daiichi Sankyo, 10-770.