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US Supreme Court to hear restraining order case

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Castle Rock v. Gonzales, where the court will decide whether local governments can be sued for failing to enforce restraining orders. Jessica Gonzales is suing the Colorado city of Castle Rock for failing to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband, who eventually killed the couple's three daughters. Gonzales argues that by failing to enforce the restraining order, the city violated her constitutional due process rights. Read the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in the case. AP has more.

Among the cases the Court declined to hear was an appeal by convicted assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. Kevorkian argued that he had an ineffective attorney during his second-degree murder trial. AP has more. The court also declined to hear an appeal by drug manufacturer Wyeth over evidence that fen-phen users want to present in lawsuits claiming heart valve damage. AP has more. Read the Court's full Order List [PDF].

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