"Justiceline: July 14, 2011"
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- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) needs to decide today whether to sign or veto an unconstitutional ban on late term abortions that would drastically weaken women’s right to terminate a pregnancy that threatens their health.
- A former prosecutor is conducting the formal investigation into how Wisconsin election official Kathy Nickolaus lost and then found the 14,000 votes that flipped a supreme court election in favor of Justice David Prosser. Prosser is now accused of assaulting one of his fellow justices.
- A group of Florida doctors are suing to strike down the state’s recently enacted gag rule preventing them from asking patients about gun ownership.
- The Ohio Supreme Court reached the correct but unfortunate decision that a law enhancing the punishment for sex offenders cannot be applied retroactively to people who committed their crime before the law was enacted.
- The British Supreme Court struck down an attempt to keep quiet evidence of state-sponsored torture.
- The Ohio Supreme Court held that gay couples who intend to raise their children together need to place a joint custody agreement in writing or the non-biological parent will lose their custody rights if the couple splits up.