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Commuting the death sentences of 167 prisoners at once was not a good idea, but it was fully legal, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled. In a unanimous decision, the court upheld former Gov. George Ryan’s right to grant the mass clemency. The court rejected protests by the state attorney general that some of the inmates had not even requested clemency … Dwindling funds to finance a temporary judge have prompted the Mississippi high court to prod the state Commission on Judicial Performance for faster decision making. It’s now more than a year since the CJP suspended Leflore County Judge Solomon C. Osborne for allegedly keeping up his private legal practice by filing eight suits from the bench. If the CJP doesn’t make up its mind soon, the county may find itself without a jurist … No job too small. It was unconstitutional for the Las Vegas Township Justice Court to deny jury trials in civil matters involving $5,000 or less, Nevada’s high court has ruled. In a split decision, the court overturned two lower court rulings that favored the cost-cutting policy. The ruling was sparked by a pair of suits over auto accidents … First Amendment concerns prompted the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down an Indiana curfew. The law had required teens to be home or accompanied by a parent by 11 p.m. on weeknights or 1 a.m. on weekends. The court also held that the curfew interfered with parents’ rights to raise their children as they saw fit. – Lori Patel

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