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in a unanimous opinion, the justices reversed a Washington Supreme Court decision that the state’s use of children’s Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits to pay for foster care violated the Social Security Act’s anti-attachment provision. Wash. State Dep’t of Social and Health Services v. Guardianship Estate of Keffeler, No. 01-1420. The court remanded the case on the ground that the state’s use of the funds came within the act’s requirement that the benefits be used for current maintenance of the beneficiary. Souter delivered the court’s opinion.

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