The Supreme Court handed down decisions in these five cases Thursday:
_ J.D.B. v. North Carolina: The court ruled 5-4 in the case of a 13-year-old special education student that police and courts must consider age when examining whether a child is in police custody and required to be read Miranda rights.
_ Davis v. U.S.: By a 7-2 vote, the justices upheld the criminal conviction of an Alabama man even though the vehicle search that produced the incriminating evidence against him was illegal.
_ Smith v. Bayer Corp.: The court unanimously ruled that a class-action lawsuit over Bayer's anti-cholesterol drug, Baycol, could go forward. The drug has since been withdrawn from the market.
_ Bond v. U.S.: In another unanimous ruling, the court said a woman can challenge the government's use of an anti-terrorism law to prosecute her for trying to harm her husband's mistress with deadly chemicals.
_Tapia v. U.S.: The justices ruled, again unanimously, that judges cannot give a convict extra time in prison in the hope it will be used to get into and complete drug treatment or other rehabilitative programs.