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- Hawai’i Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) announced that he will not defend his state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage in court.
- A divided Ninth Circuit upheld a California law requiring people arrested for felonies to provide a DNA sample to police.
- Chief Justice Roberts’ weakly reasoned decision in the “bong hits 4 Jesus” case is wreaking havoc over school administrators’ ability to determine whether or not their disciplinary policies are constitutional.
- DC Court face a multimillion dollar legal bill for defending its handgun ban in the landmark DC v. Heller case — and that’s just the plaintiff’s legal fees.
- Congratulations to Judge Maureen M. Murphy, a key player in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Connecticut, who was just confirmed to that state’s bench.
- The Eleventh Circuit holds that the constitutional right against self-incrimination includes the right not to be required to decrypt your own hard drive.