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Welcome to Supreme Court Brief and the final week of the December argument session. The court may have the first decisions of the term tomorrow. In the meantime, this morning the justices continue their enthusiasm for patents cases with a question about judicial review under the America Invents Act. We have a brief summary of the issue and amici. Justice Alito takes a not-so-subtle shot at the number of lawyers opposing a recent Justice Department application to restart federal executions. Also Massachusetts weighs in to defend its ban on certain assault weapons and its victory in the First Circuit. Thanks for reading, and feedback is always welcome and appreciated. Contact us at mcoyle@alm.com and tmauro@alm.com and follow us on Twitter at @MarciaCoyle and @Tonymauro.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at mcoyle@alm.com. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at mscarcella@alm.com. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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