Justiceline: March 27, 2012

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  • During day one of the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality, observers say justices seemed unswayed by arguments that that case was not yet ripe for consideration.
  • Today, the hearings will move to the question of the constitutionality of the individual mandate provisions of the ObamaCare law.
  • The Supreme Court also refused to hear an appeal by tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds of a $28.3 million verdict for a Florida widow whose husband died of lung cancer.
  • Pennsylvania State Sen. Jane Orie (R) was been convicted on 14 counts of corruption and the former majority whip will now have to resign her seat.
  • The conviction of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) was upheld by a three-judge panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges unanimously affirmed 11 of the 12 guilty counts against him.
  • The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold its first hearing on the new DISCLOSE Act of 2012 on Thursday.