Court to rule on census listings
The Supreme Court agreed to consider a crucial census question -- whether the government can keep confidential the information it uses in conducting the head count. The justices agreed to consider an appeal by the Census Bureau contesting a federal appeals court decision ordering the agency to disclose its list of street address numbers for Essex County, N.J.Skip to next paragraph
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Also, the high court was taken to task by Justice William Rehnquist, who chastised his fellow justices for their slow handling of death penalty cases. Writing a dissent to the court's refusal to hear such a case, Justice Rehnquist charged that capital punishment is "virtually an illusion" in America.
In other action the court:
--the second trimester of pregnancy in hospitals.
-- Refused to hear an appeal by new-spaper heiress Patricia Hearst of her armed robbery conviction stemming from her 1974 kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Miss Hearst claimed she was denied ef fective counsel.