"Justiceline: February 1, 2012"
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- The appropriately named town of Freedom, Maine will hold a nonbinding referendum on whether corporations should enjoy the same rights as actual people.
- A federal judge confirms that civil rights photographer Ernest Withers, who photographed Martin Luther King, was secretly an informant for the FBI.
- Kansas’ Senate Judiciary Committee will consider whether to repeal the state’s unconstitutional sodomy ban.
- The Virginia Supreme Court denies Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s attempt to shut down a lawsuit challenging the legislature’s right to draw a politically gerrymandered legislative map after it delayed past a constitutional deadline.
- Lawyers ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to take up the case of former Haley Barbour’s constitutionally uncertain pardons.
- And, finally, The Onion tells the story of an attractive white girl who will be tried as an African-American man: