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- Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens slammed a recent high Court decision, holding that a man who spent years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit was powerless to seek compensation from the officials who wrongly convicted him, as “off the wall” and “obviously unwise.”
- Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) makes the paranoid claim that gun rights have diminished since President Obama took office. The reality, of course, is that they were massively expanded by a Supreme Court decision placing limits on all state gun laws.
- The Los Angeles Times editorial board takes note of Justice Clarence Thomas’ many ethics scandals.
- The ACLU is challenging a public college’s policy requiring all students to submit to drug tests.
- The Wisconsin Supreme Court killed a plan to require that its deliberations be held in public.
- A federal judge in Atlanta walked back an order requiring Fulton County, Ga to buy a new jail building in order to alleviate overcrowding.