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- Actor and screenwriter Tyler Perry, the “highest paid man in entertainment,” alleges he was a victim of racial profiling after he was pulled over and interrogated by two white police officers in Atlanta. The police stop ended shortly after an African-American officer arrived on the scene and recognized Perry.
- Republican Judge Jerry Smith showed far, far less outrage when a fellow judge came under attack by conservative activists than he did when a Democratic president dared to speak out against judicial overreach.
- Thomas Haynesworth, a Virginia man who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, will receive over $1 million in compensation from the state.
- As a law professor in the 1990, President Obama’s sample exam answers referred to Justice Scalia’s “cramped approach to defining the scope of rights protected” under the Fourteenth Amendment.
- Joan Biskupic explains why supporters of the Constitution should not be convinced that the Supreme Court is about to toss it in order to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
- And, finally, if you are dying for an original copy of a Tea Party’s artist’s rendering of an angry Obama holding a burning Constitution, it can be yours for the low, low price of $300,000.