Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Supreme Court Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Supreme Court Digest

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Appeal in coal case is rejected * The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a coal company fighting to reinstate a water pollution permit for a massive strip mine in West Virginia.

The justices say they will not disturb a federal appeals court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency acted within its authority in 2011 when it retroactively vetoed a permit issued four years earlier by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Arch Coal Inc., based in Creve Coeur, and its Mingo Logan Coal Co. subsidiary challenged the appellate ruling concerning the mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia's Logan County.

The case now goes back to a federal district court in Washington.

The case is Mingo Logan Coal Co. v. EPA, 13-599.

Hate crime conviction won't be reviewed * The justices declined to review the hate crime conviction of a man from New Mexico who participated in branding a swastika on the arm of a Navajo man with mental disabilities.

The court acted Monday in the case of William Hatch, among the first people charged under a 2009 law targeting hate crimes involving disabilities or sexual orientation. Hatch and two other men lured Vincent Kee from a McDonald's in Farmington, N.M., to an apartment where they used a metal coat hanger to burn the swastika onto Kee's arm.

Hatch pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a federal hate crime.

The case is Hatch v. U.S., 13-6765.

Death sentence won't be reinstated in Oklahoma * The court has refused Oklahoma's plea to reinstate the death sentence for a man convicted of killing two people in 1994.

The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a federal appeals court order granting a new sentencing hearing for Rocky Eugene Dodd. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Dodd's death sentence because seven relatives of Dodd's victims were allowed to call for the death penalty in their testimony during the sentencing phase of Dodd's trial. …

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