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- Rallying under the banner “End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy,” an Occupy Wall Street-inspired group plans to stage a series of sit ins in various courthouses, including the Supreme Court. The sit-ins, which will take place on Friday, January 20, 2012, protest the Supreme Court’s corporate-owned elections decision in Citizens United.
- Hawai’i’s Supreme Court declared that state’s new election maps unconstitutional because they included non-permanent residents in determining population.
- Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) announced long overdue legislation to establish marriage equality in that state.
- The Ninth Circuit upheld a law granting immunity to telecommunications companies that aided NSA surveillance.
- Judge Robert Carter, a member of the team that successfully litigated Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court, has died.
- And, finally, your humble Justice Editor appeared last night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss recess appointments. You can watch it here: