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Court skeptical of anti-chemical weapons law use

An illicit love triangle that ended with a woman poisoning her pregnant rival spawned a debate over chemical weapons, international relations, federalism and chocolate at the Supreme Court Tuesday, with justices left trying to make sense of how a jealous wife ended up being prosecuted for violating an international chemical weapons treaty.

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Affirmative action survives, under tougher standard (access required)

It was a case that could have led to the constitutional condemnation of school affirmative action policies across the country. But instead, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin gave the lower court another crack at deciding whether the school’s policy passes constitutional muster — but not before offering a slightly tougher standard for the school to prove the need for considering race among school admission factors. Call it “no-other-way strict scrutiny.”

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Reaction to the DOMA decision

Attorneys and advocates across North Carolina have been sharing their reactions to the Supreme Court’s historic decisions June 26 striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and effectively allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California.

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