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SUPREME COURT



Published: Tue, January 25, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



SUPREME COURT

Other developments

Also Monday, the Supreme Court:

Declined to consider whether states may offer license plates with anti-abortion messages, leaving lower courts divided over whether the programs in a dozen states unconstitutionally restrict dissenting views.

Asked federal courts to reconsider sentences for hundreds of defendants who contend they were wrongly punished under a sentencing system the court declared unconstitutional earlier this month.

Reinstated the death sentence of a man convicted of bludgeoning to death an elderly couple in Memphis, Tenn. Justices set aside a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Gary Bradford Cone.

Threw out the appeal of Mississippi death row inmate Marlon Howell less than two months after hearing his case, on grounds that Howell's legal arguments were not properly argued in lower courts first.

Source: Associated Press

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