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Supreme Court hears Calif. inmate health care case
San Francisco Chronicle

A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed willing Tuesday to uphold a federal court panel’s authority to order California to reduce the population of its crowded prisons as a step toward improving its woeful health care system for inmates.

In more than an hour of arguments, some justices suggested they would narrow the San Francisco-based panel’s August 2009 order that required the state to transfer or release 40,000 prisoners in two years.

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