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Court blocks provisions in immigration laws, lets some controversial ones standupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 21:39:00

An appeals court on Monday sided with the federal government in blocking several provisions in Alabama and Georgia's controversial anti-illegal immigration laws, while allowing other key parts of those laws to stand.

Florida governor to revisit gun lawupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 14:25:00

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a task force that will look a gun laws in the aftermath of the death of Trayvon Martin.

NRA and bad law block a way to catch killersupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 14:25:00

The gun lobby is fiercely, and so far successfully, blocking what easily could be the greatest technological breakthrough to catching killers and deterring others.

Justice Scalia on Bush vs. Goreupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 09:31:00

Justice Scalia offers insight into the well known Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision

Toobin: I have sympathy for AZ officersupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 21:20:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Jeffrey Toobin about the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Arizona immigration law.

What the Supreme Court ruled on health care 'tax'updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 13:21:00

In its ruling last week on the national health care law, the Supreme Court found that penalties the law places on people who don't buy health insurance count as a tax protected by the Constitution.

Justices dismiss law making lying about military honors a crimeupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 11:02:00

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a federal law making it a crime to falsely claim military medals earned.

Obamacare ruling paints different picture of healthupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 21:36:00

The U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark ruling Thursday upholding the controversial, massive reform of health care coverage initiated by President Barack Obama.

Obama: This is a victory for the peopleupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 18:56:00

President Obama says the Supreme Court's ruling on health care reform is a victory for the people.

No matter what it does, high court is seen as politicalupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 16:31:00

Most Americans think Supreme Court justices base their rulings on personal political views rather than legal interpretation, polls show, and Thursday's ruling on the politically charged health care reform law will probably reinforce that.

Ruling plays into campaign narrative for both sidesupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 14:59:00

The U.S. Supreme Court's narrow upholding of the health care reform law will launch a complex political ballet, with President Barack Obama and Democrats claiming victory and Republicans vowing to "repeal it lock, stock and barrel."

Liberty lost? The Supreme Court puntsupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 12:36:00

A little more than 500 years ago a king of England, James I, was informed by one of his judges, Edward Coke, that while the king was under no man, he was under God and the law. This was one of the earliest and most powerful suggestions that our legal system (borrowed from the English) had, as its core principle, that there must be some restraint on arbitrary power. Ours is supposed to be a government, as John Adams wrote in the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, of laws and not of men.

Arizona's 'show-me-your-papers' law rolls out a day after Supreme Court rulingupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 07:26:00

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding a piece of Arizona's controversial immigration law portends such a "huge" increase in policing for one department that the chief wondered Tuesday if his agency will be able to handle the workload.

Toobin: Guidance from court not clearupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 12:15:00

John King and Jeffrey Toobin discuss the politics of the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law.

Court's ruling a detour from basic rightsupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 12:15:00

The nation is inching toward a new consensus on immigrants and America, but on Monday, the Supreme Court divided us.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer: This is not the endupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:21:00

Gov. Brewer says she expects lawsuits against the "show me your papers" provision in Supreme Court immigration ruling.

Supreme Court mostly rejects Arizona immigration law; gov says 'heart' remainsupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:21:00

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration, but let stand a controversial provision allowing police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

Immigration fight changes Arizona, groups sayupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 23:09:00

The biggest change in Arizona since the state adopted a tough immigration enforcement policy two years ago has been a more tolerant climate for immigrants, representatives from several groups said Monday.

Opinion: Immigration ruling will affect Latino voteupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 22:42:00

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday on Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-immigration law that some observers are calling a "split decision" or even a victory for the federal government over Arizona.

For immigrants and opponents, court's ruling hits their real livesupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 18:02:00

Jonathan remembers the day, several years ago, when the father of two was forced to sit his young daughter down and explain that, as an undocumented immigrant, she probably wouldn't be allowed to tour the White House with her eighth-grade class.

Voices of Arizona immigrationupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 18:02:00

Reliving the bitter battles over Arizona's controversial illegal immigration crackdown. CNN's Casey Wian reports.

An incomplete win for Obama updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 14:08:00

One of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions in recent times -- Obamacare -- was not announced Monday. That gave an air of anti-climax to an important decision that was handed down, one with its own political baggage and implications for the election, although not nearly as fraught with peril as the health care law.

Supreme Court refuses to reconsider campaign finance controversyupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 12:08:00

The Supreme Court refused Monday to reconsider one of its most controversial decisions of recent years, which has had a dramatic effect on election campaigns.

Lawyer for Gitmo detainees: 'Less hope now than ever'updated: Sun Jun 24 2012 17:00:00

David Remes used to be a partner at a top Washington law firm, but he left four years ago to defend, for free, prisoners at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Labor union loses high court fight over fees for 'political' purposesupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 13:33:00

Labor unions must give nonmember workers "fresh notice" of unplanned increases in fees or assessments -- money that might be used for political purposes -- the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

High court rules for broadcasters on TV 'indecency'updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 12:34:00

Broadcast television networks won an important constitutional fight Thursday when the Supreme Court said government regulators imposed unfair punishment for isolated profanity and sexual content during evening "prime time" hours.

'F-bomb' case reaches Supreme Courtupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 12:34:00

The Supreme Court takes another look at "indecency" on broadcast TV. CNN's Kate Bolduan looks at the implications.

Supreme Court mulls revisiting state campaign spending restrictionsupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 13:58:00

Money in presidential and congressional campaigns has already reached record heights so far this election year, thanks in part to recent rulings by the Supreme Court and other federal judges that loosened long-standing restrictions on outside corporate spending.

'Prop 8 ruling makes us more American'updated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:42:00

Reaction to a federal appeals court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Judges open door for Supreme Court showdown over same-sex marriageupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:42:00

The divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California may become another landmark case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appeals court judges refused Tuesday to revisit an earlier ruling.

Supreme Court rejects double jeopardy appeal in Arkansas caseupdated: Thu May 24 2012 12:45:00

An Arkansas man charged with murder will be retried on the most serious offenses after the U.S. Supreme Court concluded Thursday a hung jury in his original criminal prosecution did not prevent the state from getting a second chance at a conviction.

Supreme Court upholds strip searchesupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 11:31:00

The Supreme Court has ruled that an invasive strip search, even for minor offenses, is reasonable. Kate Bolduan reports.

Court ruling on strip searches is unjustupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 11:31:00

On Monday, a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court approved strip searches of everyone entering jail after arrest for even the most minor offense. The ruling exposed a disturbing insensitivity.

Health ruling can't avoid politicsupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 12:12:00

As the nine Supreme Court Justices deliberate in private about this week's arguments for and against the constitutionality of the health insurance mandate, they will officially contemplate such matters as how to define commerce and whether a penalty is a tax. But in the back of their minds will be a quite different question: whether to rob President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in Congress of their most significant domestic policy achievement.

Carney: Health care is 'law of the land'updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 12:12:00

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the heath care mandate is "the law of the land" and is constitutional.

Health reform could survive loss of individual mandateupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:55:00

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the individual mandate. This component of the Affordable Care Act, the part that decrees that every American will either buy health insurance or face a financial penalty, is the most controversial part of health care reform.

Don't put juveniles in jail for lifeupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 10:21:00

There are more than 2,500 people serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were juveniles. Some were as young as 13 when they were sent to prison.

Will healthcare law pit Obama vs. Roberts?updated: Fri Mar 16 2012 10:08:00

President Franklin D. Roosevelt reacted with fury when major legislative pillars of his New Deal were declared unconstitutional by a Supreme Court anchored by four ideological conservatives. He lashed out at the justices, accusing them of practicing crass politics disguised as constitutional law.

Super PACs a disaster for democracyupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 12:39:00

In 1907, Congress banned corporate contributions to federal candidates in the wake of the robber baron-era scandals. In 1947, the ban was formally applied to corporate expenditures and extended to cover labor unions.

The man behind super PACsupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 12:39:00

Jim Bopp, the man who helped create super PACs, insists they're good for all, not just the super rich.

Appeals court rejects California's Proposition 8updated: Tue Feb 07 2012 17:52:00

A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

Livestock industry wins Supreme Court appeal updated: Tue Jan 24 2012 11:05:00

A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court.

Search warrant needed for GPS trackingupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 17:57:00

The Supreme Court rules a search warrant is needed for GPS tracking. CNN's Wolf Blitzer has more.

Justices rule against police, say GPS surveillance requires search warrantupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 17:57:00

Police erred by not obtaining an extended search warrant before attaching a tracking device to a drug suspect's car, the Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling Monday.

Justices allow copyrights on foreign worksupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 13:44:00

The Supreme Court gave its blessing Wednesday to a federal law giving copyright protection to millions of international books, music and other artistic creations that had once been in the free-access "public domain."

Federal court clears Texas law requiring pre-abortion sonogramupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 18:29:00

A three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Friday that the state of Texas can move ahead with enforcement of a law requiring doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion.

Ruling: Texas doctors can be required to show pre-abortion sonogramupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 13:45:00

A three-judge federal appeals court panel Tuesday overturned a lower court's order blocking key parts of a Texas law requiring doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion, potentially clearing the way for enforcement of the law.

States ask courts to halt appeals in immigration law casesupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 17:39:00

Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina asked judges Thursday to halt proceedings in cases challenging the states' immigration laws.

Justices turn aside appeal over highway crossesupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 14:12:00

The Supreme Court has passed up a chance to get involved in a dispute over memorial crosses erected along Utah public roads to honor fallen state highway troopers, and one justice is not pleased that his colleagues are staying out of the church-state fight.

Assange extradition ruling to come within daysupdated: Sat Oct 29 2011 07:39:00

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out Wednesday whether he is to be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on sexual misconduct allegations, a U.K court said.

Man convicted of killing cop, wife put to death in Texasupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 20:43:00

A Texas man convicted of murdering a San Antonio police officer before turning his gun on his wife was put to death Thursday evening, soon after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal.

Supreme Court to hear range of casesupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 02:19:00

CNN's Athena Jones on what to expect during the new U.S. Supreme Court term, which starts Monday.

Arizona sues over key provision of Civil Rights Actupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 19:11:00

Arizona has become the latest jurisdiction to challenge continuing federal oversight over a key provision of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1965. Officials in Phoenix filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, saying requirements to preclear all local voting changes with the U.S. Justice Department are unconstitutional.

Divided appeals court strikes down Michigan's affirmative action banupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 12:27:00

A divided federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's controversial ban on consideration of race and gender in college admissions.

To save states, fix prison systemupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 08:46:00

With a stroke of his pen last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed California's budget. Legislators, he said, had failed to take the "strong medicine" California needs to survive. But the state could easily save hundreds of millions of dollars by fixing its criminal justice system.

Supreme Court rules on violent gamesupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:33:00

The Supreme Court struck down a California law that would have banned selling "violent" video games to children.

Supreme Court sees video games as artupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:33:00

Maybe it helps for the nation's highest court to say it, too?

Supreme Court rejects video game banupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:26:00

The Supreme Court rules California cannot ban the sale of violent video games to kids. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin reports.

CNNMoney: Video game makers cheer Supreme Court rulingupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 17:56:00

The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that would have banned selling violent video games to children -- and game publishers couldn't be happier.

High Court sides with generic drug makers in narrow rulingupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 18:04:00

Two women who say they suffered severe medical complications from a generic drug lost their Supreme Court appeal Thursday, essentially ending their separate lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Supreme Court: Wal-Mart case too bigupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 21:39:00

The Supreme Court decided against allowing a class-action suit against Wal-Mart. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin explains why.

Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuitupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 21:39:00

The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc., saying the plaintiffs had not shown justification for sweeping class-action status that could have potentially involved hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers.

Justices say age counts when child suspects are questionedupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 12:44:00

Police should have considered a 13-year-old robbery suspect's age when he was questioned without his parents present, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday, concluding a child in such a situation would not have reasonably felt free to walk away from the interrogation.

California prison remedy would send low-level offenders to countiesupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 00:50:00

California wants to shift low-level state offenders to county jails as a way to reduce overcrowding, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court, under an unfunded plan that would require legislative and voter approval, the state's top corrections official said Tuesday.

Where does California put 33,000 released inmates?updated: Thu May 26 2011 08:55:00

Hasn't California suffered enough?

Your education is not an equal opportunityupdated: Mon May 16 2011 12:17:00

Should your ZIP code determine your access to the American dream? Or is the U.S. Constitution's guarantee to provide "equal protection" a principle we have silently agreed to uphold in theory -- but not in practice?

Court rules for company in dispute over taxes on 'free' cell phoneupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 16:25:00

A divided Supreme Court gave a big victory Wednesday to business interests, ruling that a cell phone carrier's arbitration clause in contracts that ban larger class-action lawsuits is permissible.

High court says exonerated inmate cannot sue prosecutorsupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 16:12:00

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled against a former death row inmate who sought damages from the state after prosecutors hid crucial blood tests that would have earlier proven his innocence. The 5-4 decision Tuesday involved John Thompson, who came within weeks of execution and had spent 18 years behind bars before being set free after the new forensic evidence came to light.

Funeral protest ruling prompts angerupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 08:50:00

The Supreme Court has ruled that anti-gay protesters at military funerals are protected by First Amendment.

Administration asks judge for clarity in ruling on health care reformupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 15:11:00

The Justice Department has asked a federal judge in Florida to clarify his ruling tossing out the landmark health care reform law, saying it has created confusion over parts of the law already in effect.

High court affirms third-party standing in employer retaliation suitupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 16:22:00

Miriam Regalado sued her employer for alleged gender discrimination. Three weeks later, the company fired her fiancé, citing "performance issues." The couple then sued, claiming job retaliation for the original complaint aimed specifically at the man.

After 2010 State of the Union jab, how many justices will attend?updated: Mon Jan 24 2011 13:36:00

Tuesday's State of the Union address will be watched closely not only for what is said, but also for who will there in person to hear it -- especially the black-robed members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Appeals court says cross on federal land is unconstitutionalupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 06:53:00

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a cross displayed on public property for nearly a century is unconstitutional.

Court: Memorial cross unconstitutionalupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 06:53:00

A cross erected on California's Mount Soledad over 60 years ago is at the center of controversy. KUSI reports.

Justices rule against couple still on state registryupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 11:03:00

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a California couple "living every parent's nightmare" who tried to sue local county officials for damages after failing to get off a database listing known or suspected child abusers.

Court turns aside Georgia death row inmate's appealupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 20:44:00

A federal appeals court panel deflected a condemned Georgia inmate's appeal of a ruling that denied him a new trial in a decades-old murder case, saying Friday that the appeal should have gone to the U.S. Supreme Court instead.

Supreme Court to hear arguments on case involving violent video gamesupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 07:29:00

A free speech dispute over a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children is set to be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

Virtual violence and free speechupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 07:29:00

G4's Adam Sessler and CNN sr. legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discuss Tuesday's Supreme Court case on violent video games.

Jeffrey Landrigan executed in Arizonaupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 05:33:00

Arizona officials confirm that convicted murderer Jeffrey Landrigan was executed on Tuesday night via lethal injection.

Arizona convicted killer's last words: 'Boomer Sooner'updated: Wed Oct 27 2010 05:33:00

The state of Arizona executed convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan late Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the lethal injection, a corrections official said.

Supreme Court overturns last-minute stay of Arizona executionupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 23:18:00

The Supreme Court cleared the way late Tuesday for the execution of convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan in Arizona, with a majority of justices deciding to vacate a federal judge's order that had temporarily stopped the execution scheduled for earlier in the day.

Who's funding attack ads? It's a secretupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 09:57:00

What do they have to be ashamed of?

David Axelrod hits anonymous donor adsupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 09:57:00

CNN's Candy Crowley grills White House adviser David Axelrod on the administration's stance on GOP spending groups.

Big cases await U.S. Supreme Court's 2010-2011 termupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 16:02:00

Outlined below are some key cases the Supreme Court is scheduled to tackle in its 2010-11 term, which starts Monday.

Senate to vote again on controversial campaign ad spendingupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 16:02:00

The Senate will vote Thursday on whether to take up a hot-button campaign finance reform bill.

Georgia death row inmate hasn't proved innocence, court rulesupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 14:55:00

A death row prisoner in Georgia has not proven his innocence, a federal court ruled, according to papers released Tuesday.

California same-sex marriages on holdupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 13:54:00

A federal appeals court sets aside a lower court ruling allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Fortune: Political ads, brought to you by Goldman Sachs?updated: Thu Aug 12 2010 15:08:00

More than seven months after it was handed down, the Supreme Court's ruling that rolled back limits on corporate participation in elections remains mired in controversy.

Prop 8 ruling: A debateupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 12:34:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to two people with totally different conceptions of marriage in wake of Prop 8 ruling.

Proposition 8: Long road to the Supreme Courtupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 12:34:00

A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that Proposition 8 -- California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage -- is unconstitutional.

GOP blocks Senate finance billupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 18:19:00

Senate Republicans narrowly block a Democrat-backed campaign finance disclosure bill. CNN's Rick Sanchez reports.

Republicans block campaign finance disclosure billupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 18:19:00

Senate Republicans narrowly blocked Democratic campaign finance disclosure legislation in the Senate Tuesday after raising concerns the bill would curb freedom of speech and tilt campaign spending in favor of the Democrats.

Supreme Court strikes down Chicago gun banupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:04:00

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is upset but not surprised at the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the handgun ban.

Why gun ruling is a teachable momentupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:04:00

Teachers -- like me -- love "teachable moments," so here's a big one from Monday's sweeping Supreme Court decision on gun rights and the states, McDonald v. Chicago. In it, the court not only validated individual gun rights, but applied them to every state and locality in the country.

Fortune: Sarbanes-Oxley struck down? Not even close.updated: Mon Jun 28 2010 16:07:00

Though headline writers may want to obscure this fact, the impact of today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a portion of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is easy to summarize: Zilch.

Fortune: Why white collar crime just got harder to battleupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 10:50:00

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the criminal case against Enron CEO Jeff Skilling yesterday addressed two crucial and frequently recurring controversies that come up in white-collar criminal cases: What is the precise meaning of the federal statute that criminalizes schemes to defraud someone out of "the intangible right to honest services." And, two, when is a jury likely to have been so personally impacted by a crime, or so emotionally inflamed by pretrial publicity and adverse local sentiment, that the only way for a defendant to get a fair trial is to have his case moved to another location? Skilling raised both issues in challenging his convictions, which were handed down by a federal jury in Houston in 2006 and for which he is serving a sentence of 24 years imprisonment.

High court: Law banning 'support' of terror groups constitutionalupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 15:24:00

A divided Supreme Court has ruled the government has the power to criminalize "material support" of a foreign terrorist organization.

High court: Suspects must directly invoke right to remain silentupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 13:10:00

If criminal suspects fail to invoke their right to remain silent, they have waived that right, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

SI.com: Peter King: Court decision won't jumpstart NFL labor talksupdated: Wed May 26 2010 12:48:00

There's not a lot of clarity in the wake of the American Needle decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. Except for one thing: I don't see it pushing the two sides to the bargaining table to quicken the process toward a labor deal when the current one runs out following the 2011 NFL Draft.

Replica of missing Mojave cross mysteriously erectedupdated: Thu May 20 2010 19:58:00

The case of a war memorial shaped like a cross in the California desert got stranger Thursday when someone erected a replica after the original disappeared 11 days ago.

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