"Justiceline: December 16, 2011"
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- President Obama nominated two people to be filibustered by Senate Republicans as part of their nihilistic effort to nullify the NLRB. The President can save his nominees this fate, however, by invoking the Roosevelt precedent and giving them each recess appointments.
- A DOJ investigation found widespread use of excessive force by the Seattle police department.
- A Florida probation law that effectively required criminal defendants to prove that they should not be sent to jail was declared unconstitutional.
- Justice Thomas visits Yale Law School after decades of harsh words for the institution.
- A federal judge tossed out the indictment of a man who wrote a series of menacing tweets against a religious figure on First Amendment grounds.