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- A federal judge in San Diego holds that whales are not people. Unlike, say, Walmart, or Bank of America.
- Meanwhile, another federal court in Virginia struck down a fairly obviously unconstitutional prison policy which allowed inmates to receive spoken word CDs but only if they were religious.
- The Supreme Court allows a court order placing Ohio’s death penalty system under federal court supervision to remain in effect, at least for now.
- The City of Chicago gets hit with a $400,000 legal bill after losing a major Supreme Court case expanding the Second Amendment to states and localities.
- The right-wing Heritage Foundation puts out a factsheet that pretends to oppose unconstitutional “nullification” laws, before praising unconstitutional state laws that attempt to nullify the Affordable Care Act.