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Too big, too busy and too cavalier with the Pledge. That’s how one Nevada lawmaker dismisses the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. John Ensign has introduced a bill to carve two new circuits from the nation’s largest court. One would cover Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The other, which would encompass Arizona, Idaho, Montana and Nevada, would be based — where else? — in Las Vegas … Bootleg liquor and drug-sniffing dogs will be on the mind of the U.S. Supreme Court. Monday, the Court granted review in Pasquantino v. United States of America, a case that tests the U.S. government’s use of wire fraud laws against three men accused of smuggling booze into Canada. The Court also granted cert in Illinois v. Caballes, which asks whether police illegally extended a traffic stop when they brought a dog to nose around the pot-laden car trunk of one speeder … Antonin Scalia won’t hear a Halliburton appeal of a $98 million patent verdict. Neither will the other eight justices. The Court has denied cert to the petition brought by a division of the energy and government contracting company formerly led by Vice President Cheney … An all-woman appeals court could sprout up in Texas next winter. In January, San Antonio’s 4th Court of Appeals is due to lose its lone male jurist, whose replacement will be chosen by Gov. Rick Perry. A leading contender for the post is state District Judge Rebecca Simmons, who previously ran for a seat on the court … Take your porn off the road, says Louisiana Rep. Mickey Guillory, D-Eunice. He’s introduced a bill to ban showing sexual videos inside vehicles within 1,000 feet of others’ view. Offenders would face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Guillory says he was inspired by a dad and 5-year-old trapped in traffic alongside an impromptu drive-in movie. – Lori Patel

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