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High court hears dispute over Nev. ethics law

Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Wednesday of a Nevada ethics law that governs when lawmakers should refrain from voting on official business because they might have a conflict of interest. Full story

Federal judge nixes request to replace Maine mural

A federal judge on Friday denied a request to order Maine to return a mural to a state Labor Department office where it was removed last month, causing an uproar. Full story

DOJ argues for rehearing in Secret Service lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with attorneys for two Secret Service agents who were sued after arresting a man who confronted former Vice President Dick Cheney. Full story

BP, government win 1st Amendment Muzzle awards

Oil giant BP and the Obama administration were among the winners of the Jefferson Muzzle awards, given Wednesday by a free-speech group to those it considered the worst First Amendment violators in 2010. Full story

LA aims to whitewash graffiti writers going legit

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office is trying a new legal maneuver to try to stamp out graffiti — it's charging 10 graffiti writers with violating unfair competition laws because they're selling works on the strength of reputations built on vandalism. Full story

High court: Anti-gay funeral protests OK

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.. Full story

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  Supreme Court sides with protesters at military funerals

NBC's Pete Williams reports on a Supreme Court ruling that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist members of the Westboro Baptist Church who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.