Summary of Supreme Court actions Monday

Posted at: 06/17/2013 10:35 AM
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(AP) WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday handed down decisions in five cases and agreed to hear two important appeals in the fall. Among the court’s actions:

_ Struck down, by a 7-2 vote, Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship law that asks would-be voters for additional documentation before allowing them to register using a federal form designed to make signing up easier.

_ Ruled 5-3 that agreements between the makers of name-brand and generic drugs to delay the generics’ availability can be illegal, an outcome cheered by consumer groups.

_ Held 5-4 that prosecutors in some instances may use a suspect’s silence at an early stage of a criminal investigation against him _ before the suspect has been arrested or informed of his constitutional rights.

_ Agreed to decide in its next term a new dispute involving race, whether federal housing law requires proof of intentional discrimination.

_ Decided 5-4 that judges may not increase mandatory minimum prison terms when sentencing defendants unless the facts justifying the increase have been found by a jury.

_ Barred lawyers, in another 5-4 ruling, from obtaining state driver license records to recruit clients, saying the practice is prohibited by a federal law aimed at shielding motor vehicle information.

_ Said it would review a state court ruling upholding a $1.24 million defamation judgment against a Wisconsin airline that reported one of its pilots was potentially dangerous, despite a post-9/11 law that encourages airlines to report potential safety threats to federal officials.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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