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Among the cases the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari on Oct. 4 are the following: American Teleservices Association v. FTC, No. 03-1552. The justices refused to challenge the federal do-not-call registry, ending telemarketers’ bid to invoke free-speech rights to get the ban on phone solicitations thrown out. Moore v. Judicial Inquiry Commission of the State of Alabama, No. 04-153. The justices declined to hear a former Alabama chief justice’s request to reverse his expulsion last year for refusing to follow a federal judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama courthouse. Visa USA Inc. v. United States and MasterCard International Inc. v. United States, nos. 03-1521 and 03-1532. The two big credit card companies can no longer block banks from issuing credit cards from competitors after the justices declined to hear their appeal. Artichoke Joe’s v. Norton, No. 03-1602. The court refused to consider whether states can let tribes operate casinos while barring others from this enterprise. Wilbert Rideau v. Louisiana, No. 03-10139. The justices turned away an appeal by a Louisiana prison journalist who argued that trying him four times for a 1961 killing was double jeopardy. Louisiana says there was no evidence of intentional prosecutorial misconduct. Mesa v. Petersen, No. 03-1599. The justices declined to decide whether random drug testing of firefighters is constitutionally justified by a city’s interest in promoting public safety. Al-Marri v. Rumsfeld, No. 03-1424. The court declined to hear an appeal by Ali Saleh Kahlab al-Marri, who, the government claims, is an al-Queda agent. Montana Right to Life Association v. Eddleman, No. 03-1550. The justices declined to hear a challenge to Montana’s campaign contribution limits by critics who contend that the strict rules infringe on free speech rights. Morris Communication Co. v. PGA Tour, No. 04-266. The justices turned away an appeal by a media company claiming that it has a right to publish and sell real-time golf scores from PGA tournaments that its reporters cover. Catholic Charities of Sacramento v. California, No. 03-1618. The justices refused to challenge the right of states to require employers that offer prescription benefits to employees also to cover birth control pills. State Farm Mutual v. Campbell, No. 04-116. The justices declined to review the $9 million award against State Farm. In 2003, the justices held that an award of $145 million in punitive damages was unconstitutionally large, and remanded the case to the Utah high court, which lowered it to $9 million.

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