Other Supreme Court action on Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

  • Agreed to consider whether executing juvenile killers violates the Constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment," a follow-up to a ruling two years ago that abolished executions for the mentally retarded.

  • Told police not to pursue confessions from criminal suspects facing formal charges until telling them they have a right to see an attorney.

  • Turned down an appeal from former Mafia hit man and mob turncoat Sammy the Bull, who wanted to reclaim more than $380,000 in royalties from a book about his life.

  • Rejected a claim that Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster had been unfairly deprived of his rights to appeal his rape convictions in California courts.

  • Asked for the Bush administration's views on the practice of drug makers paying generic companies that keep cheaper products off the market during patent disputes, in the appeal of an antitrust ruling against Aventis Pharmaceuticals and generic drug company Andrx Pharmaceuticals.

  • Refused to consider an appeal from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., over a $195,000 judgment awarded to the widow of a teacher who died of cancer.-- The Associated Press

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