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US High Court Hears Death Penalty, Bribery Appeals

A short-handed U.S. Supreme Court opened the second day of its new judicial term Tuesday, hearing oral arguments in an appeal of a corruption case against a senator in Puerto Rico and reviewing briefs in an appeal of a death-penalty sentence in Texas. The eight jurists, absent a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, first heard the appeal of Hector Martinez-Maldonado, a former senator from Puerto Rico. He and a prominent businessman from the U.S. territory in the Caribbean were...

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