"Justiceline: October 13, 2011"
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- Ryan Grim and Mike Sacks explain how corporate-owned Justice Stephen Field forced corporate personhood into a Constitution that provides no support whatsoever for it.
- A federal court of appeals held that yes, a sherriff’s deputy’s privacy rights were violated when her supervisor shot a video of her after a shower and “showed it to others as a joke.” Disturbingly, a federal district judge previously ruled against the woman.
- The Michigan legislature is considering expanding the governor’s power to make political appointments to government jobs.
- The Mississippi ballot in November includes a voter ID initiative — meaning that the voters of the state will get to vote on whether they want to disenfranchise other voters.
- The Canadian Supreme Court considers that nation’s surprisingly broad ban on hate speech.
- A lesbian former servicemember filed a case seeking the full veterans benefits she would be entitled to if it wasn’t for an anti-gay law preventing her from getting them because her spouse is a woman.
- In a strip search case, Justice Antonin Scalia offers some deep thoughts on how much privacy newly arrested inmates should receive: jailers should be allowed to search people to find “any fleas or cooties or any other communicable disease before he is put into the general population.”