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- Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) confirms that he is blocking a federal judicial nominee because she would not misrepresent the law in a way that benefits the NRA.
- A federal court in Louisiana orders several people striken from the state’s sex offender registry because it was unconstitutional to require such registration after they violated the state’s anti-gay law against “crime[s] against nature by solicitation.”
- The Third Circuit will decide whether the First Amendment still applies to students who wore “I (heart) boobies!” bracelets in support of a cure for breast cancer.
- Missouri House Republicans rewrite a description of a voter suppression ballot initiative for the second time after a judge rules their previous attempt invalid.
- Adam Liptak explains how out of touch our criminal justice system has become in the Michigan Law Review:
If you were to ask a child whether it would be fair to execute a prisoner because his lawyer had made a mistake, the answer would be no. You might even get a look suggesting that you had asked a pretty stupid question. But judges treat the issue as a hard one, relying on a theory as casually accepted in criminal justice as it is offensive to principles of moral philosophy.