"Justiceline: September 1, 2011"
- The Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments in a case today which could decide whether the impending death of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell requires them to vacate their previous decision declaring the law unconstitutional. If the court does vacate the decision, it would eliminate its value as precedent in future gay rights cases.
- Newly confirmed Justice-To-Be Goodwin Liu helped Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg draft her dissent in Bush v. Gore.
- The Ninth Circuit will also consider allegations that the government monitored the communications of millions of Americans in the wake of 9/11. The Plaintiffs “cite among other things a declaration from a longtime AT&T worker that the company had allowed the National Security Agency to build a room in one of the company’s buildings and route copies of customers’ communications there.”
- Court documents reveal many of the key corporate players in the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” scandal, where US prisoners were flied to overseas prisons — often to be tortured.
- In the wake of this week’s decision striking down Texas’ forced-speech-for-abortion-doctors law, an Idaho woman is asking the courts to strike down that state’s so-called “fetal pain” law.