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Gilbert religious sign fight headed for Supreme Court

Gilbert religious sign fight headed for Supreme Court

The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services. But the case is about more than a spat between one community and a pastor. There are statewide and national implications on the ability of communities to enact restrictions on certain kinds of signs. And the stakes are so high that even the Obama administration has weighed in on the side of the church, asking the justices to void the town's restrictions.

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U.S. Supreme Court allows AZ to ban bail for illegal immigrants, for now

U.S. Supreme Court allows AZ to ban bail for illegal immigrants, for now

Immigrants in this country illegally awaiting trial on criminal charges won’t be getting out of jail, at least not yet. In a brief order today, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy blocked implementation of a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voiding a 2006 Arizona law which effectively denies many of those migrants even the opportunity to ask for bail.

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