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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case where a defense lawyer refused to follow the instructions of his client, who contended he was innocent. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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Do You Have The Right To Plead Not Guilty When Your Lawyer Disagrees?

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Trump Comments Ignite Immigrants In Philly To Unite

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Former CIA Officer Arrested After Exposing U.S. Spy Network In China

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Ex-Gymnastics Doctor Faces Sentencing In Michigan

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Like Florida, Maryland Wants To Be Exempt From Offshore Drilling

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Colin Campbell last month in his home near Los Angeles, Calif. Campbell was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease — ALS — eight years ago. He gets Medicare because of his disability, but was incorrectly told by several agencies that he couldn't use it for home care. So, instead, he pays $4,000 a month for those services. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Hydrocodone-acetaminophen pills, also known as Vicodin, arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A new report from the National Safety Council says the abuse of prescription opioids has helped fuel an epidemic in overdoses. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Johnathon Shillings (left), 28, just completed a five-year sentence and was reunited with his 8-year-old daughter, Victoria. Macario Gonzales, 27, shown with his 2-year-old daughter, Mackelsey, has just started to serve a seven-year sentence in Texas state prison. Courtesy of Johnathon Shillings and Macario Gonzales hide caption

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How To Parent From Prison And Other Advice For Life Inside

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An engineer shows a sample of biodiesel at an industrial complex in General Lagos, Santa Fe province, Argentina. The United States recently imposed duties on Argentine biodiesel, blocking it from the U.S. market. Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen looks on during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Homeland Security Secretary Says She 'Did Not Hear' Trump Use 'That' Vulgar Word

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