Justiceline: February 28, 2012

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  • ABA president Bill Robinson lays out the consequences of Senate obstruction of President Obama’s judicial nominees. “Delay at the federal courts puts people’s lives on hold while they wait for their cases to be resolved. Businesses face uncertainty and costly holdups, preventing them from investing and creating jobs. In sum, judicial vacancies kill jobs.”
  • Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) continues to build himself into a Tea Party celebrity by engaging in scorched earth obstruction of these same nominees.
  • A bill to place cameras in the Supreme Courtroom will not pass in advance of the Affordable Care Act litigation.
  • Georgia lawmakers are poised to crack down on “sovereign citizens,” a right-wing movement that declares itself outside of the law and frequently uses quirks in the American court system to harass government officials by challenging their property rights.
  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-3 on ideological lines to make its meetings even more secretive.
  • An Arkansas lawmaker has given up on his plan to force America to default on its debts unless a majority of the states vote to avoid this disaster.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder names Tony West as acting Associate Attorney General, the #3 position in DOJ. This means that two of the top three officials in the Justice Department are now African-American.