"Justiceline: January 24, 2012"
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- The Supreme Court handed down a much anticipated case limiting police’s power to track criminal suspects by attaching GPS devices to their vehicles. The decision was unanimous, although the justices divided on why they came down the way they did.
- A Mississippi state judge delayed a hearing on whether former Gov. Haley Barbour’s (R) technical violation of the procedures for pardoning criminals defeats his attempt to issue nearly 200 pardons.
- Meanwhile, state lawmakers are considering several misguided proposals to restrict the Mississippi governor’s pardon power even further.
- A federal judge threw out an NRA lawsuit claiming teenagers have a constitutional right to carry a concealed firearm.
- Texas suggests that it should be allowed to implement an illegal voter disenfranchising Voter ID law because the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.
- And, finally, former Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), the former lawmaker who bitterly lashed out after his state primary voters rejected his bid for governor by endorsing these voter disenfranchising laws, completes his collapse into self-parody by publishing a piece called “Draft Jeb Bush” in the National Review.