"Justiceline: March 20, 2012"
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- The U.S. Supreme Court will not take a Louisiana case challenging the 2010 congressional reapportionment. The state had claimed it was due an extra seat in the U.S. House based on alleged inclusion of undocumented residents in the census count.
- A DC circuit court is considering a Department of Justice appeal of a ruling that gave a former Defense contractor the green light to sue former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (R) for his role in alleged torture.
- Corporations may be able to take tax deductions for their secret contributions to 501(c)(4) political groups as a “business expense.”
- Bad news for an alleged Ponzi schemer: the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals restored a class-action case against former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford.
- A proposal for a Minnesota photo ID constitutional amendment to make it harder for citizens to vote advanced to the floor of the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives.
- The Supreme Court will consider two death row cases, focusing on whether defendants need be mentally competent for their federal habeas review.