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Court strikes down DOMA, nixes Prop 8 appeal

In a ruling that will have an immediate effect on more than 1,000 federal laws and programs, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, holding that the law prohibiting recognition of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages for federal purposes unconstitutionally violates equal protection principles.

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Supreme Court’s ‘Miranda’ ruling leaves lawyers guessing

The U.S. Supreme Court’s splintered ruling allowing a witness’ pre-arrest silence to be introduced at trial — its latest decision carving out more of the contours of defendants’ well-known right to remain silent — seemed at first blush to be a devastating blow to defense attorneys and their clients.

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