Joan Schnabel of Annapolis, Md., left, and Marge Groetsch of Front Royal, Va., pray in front of the Supreme Court as part of "Encircle the Court in Prayer," an event led by Christian faith organizations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Members of Christian faith organizations kneel in prayer in front of the Supreme Court as part of "Encircle the Court in Prayer," on the eve of the Supreme Court arguments on President Obama's health care legislation, in Washington, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Members of Christian faith organizations kneel in prayer in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Sunday as part of "Encircle the Court in Prayer" on the eve of the Supreme Court arguments on President Obama's health care legislation. (Associated Press)
** FILE ** In this Oct. 14, 2011, file photo, Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake, Idaho, pose for a photo in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that property owners have a right to prompt review by a judge of an important tool used by the Environmental Protection Agency to address water pollution. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani arrives at the Supreme Court for a hearing in Islamabad on Monday. Judges charged Mr. Gilani with contempt for defying their orders to reopen an old corruption case against his political ally, President Asif Ali Zardari. (Associated Press)
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani waves upon his arrival at the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. The court charged Mr. Gilani with contempt for defying its orders to reopen an old corruption case against his political ally, President Asif Ali Zardari. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Julian Assange (right), the 40-year-old founder of WikiLeaks, arrives at the Supreme Court in London on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, for a hearing in his extradition case. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts greets President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, prior to the president's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Judge Baltazar Garzon (center), considered a hero by human rights groups, leaves the Supreme Court in Madrid Tuesday, when he went on trial for exceeding his authority by investigating Franco-era crimes after amnesty was declared. (Associated Press)
A man is dragged away from the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States during an anti-death penalty protest, sponsored by the Abolition Action Committee, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. There were 14 arrests. The protests are timed to mark the 35th anniversary of the execution of Gary Gilmore, who protesters said was the first person executed under the Supreme Court's upholding of the death penalty in 1976. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (left) addresses the National Criminal Justice Summit in Manila on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, as Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (right) and Anti-Graft Court Presiding Justice Francisco Villaluz Jr. listen. (AP Photo/Malacanang Palace Photo Bureau, Gil Nartea)
"Today's news that the Supreme Court will hear arguments, possibly as soon as March, is reassuring news that we will soon reach finality on this critically important issue," said Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Republican. (Associated Press)
Ari Zivotofsky accompanies his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday. The Supreme Court seemed unlikely to rule in favor of the 9-year-old, who was born in Jerusalem and whose parents want his United States passport to list his place of birth as Israel. (Associated Press)
"The opposite danger is interpreting those words in a way that they will no longer work for a country of 308 million Americans who are living in the 21st century — work in the way those framers would have wanted them to work had they been able to understand our society." - Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Supreme Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Antonin Scalia discuss their differing views of the Constitution before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. (Associated Press)
Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (center) leaves Manhattan state Supreme Court with his wife, Anne Sinclair, and attorney Benjamin Brafman after a hearing Tuesday in New York. A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn.
Liberal California law professor Goodwin Liu, nominated Tuesday to the state Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown, said he looked forward "to the opportunity to serve the people of California on our state's highest court."
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, while testifying as a nominee in June 2010, reportedly told a Senate panel she had never been asked about her opinion or had offered any comments about proposed health care legislation while solicitor general. (Associated Press)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said that the president should not expect a retirement letter from her before 2015. (Associated Press)
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Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, "Any increase in speech resulting from the Arizona law is of one kind and one kind only: that of publicly financed candidates."