In other action, the justices:
Heard arguments on whether criminal defendants should have a right to use lie-detector evidence in court.
Rejected an appeal aimed at removing the feeding tube of an Wisconsin woman with advanced Alzheimer's disease. In fact, the tube was removed last week _ well after the appeal was filed _ when doctors determined Edna Folz, 73, was in a persistent vegetative state.
Refused to shield committees formed by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences from a federal law allowing public scrutiny of governmental advisory groups.
Said the Clinton administration may participate in a Jan. 14 argument session over a key affirmative-action dispute in which a white New Jersey schoolteacher was laid off rather than an equally senior black teacher.
_ Associated Press