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U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases on Miranda warnings, sex offenders

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Other issues were before the Supreme Court on Monday.

• The high court took on the question of whether a suspect must be told he has a right to have a lawyer present during questioning by police. The Florida Supreme Court said Miranda warnings should include disclosure that a suspect has a right to a lawyer not only before police questioning, but also during questioning. The Florida attorney general disagreed and appealed. The court will hear arguments this fall.

• It ruled that parents don't have to send their special education students to public schools before asking to get reimbursed for private school tuition. The justices ruled 6-3 that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not require public school attendance before parents of special ed students can ask to be reimbursed for a child's tuition at private schools.

• It refused to revive a lawsuit that former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, brought against former members of the Bush administration. A lower court last year threw out their lawsuit accusing Vice President Dick Cheney and other former high-ranking officials of revealing her identity to reporters in 2003.

• It agreed to determine the constitutionality of a federal law that permits sex offenders to be kept behind bars after they complete their prison terms. The court will hear arguments this fall.

U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases on Miranda warnings, sex offenders 06/22/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 22, 2009 11:07pm]

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