"Justiceline: December 7, 2011"
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- A Virginia court of appeals exonerated Thomas Haynesworth’s wrongful conviction for rape. Haynesworth spent 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
- The Supreme Court appears poised to entrench a doctrine requiring the lab analyst who actually performed a test incriminating a criminal defendant to testify at the person’s trial.
- The Ohio Senate will consider a bill that bans all abortions the minute a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus — a bill that conflicts directly with the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade line of cases.
- JoAnne Kloppenburg, who barely lost her bid to become a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice to conservative Justice David Prosser, files papers to run for a court of appeals judgeship.
- The American Heritage Dictionary correctly identifies the term “anchor babies” — a term nativists use for many children born in the United States to immigrant parents — as “offensive.”