"Justiceline: April 18, 2012"
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- The all important Justice Kennedy appeared to swing back and forth yesterday in a case concerning whether a person who was convicted of a crack cocaine-related crime before Congress reduced the sentences for such crimes but sentenced after Congress enacted the law is entitled to the lower sentencing formula.
- The justices, in an unanimous decision by Justice Kagan, also made it harder for a drug company to block generic drugs by expanding the scope of their patents.
- Additionally, the justices held that private attorneys hired by municipalities are entitled to the same protection from lawsuits that full-time government attorneys enjoy.
- An Illinois judge really doesn’t like Twitter in his courtroom.
- And, finally, Justice Kagan is a Mets fan — but you wouldn’t guess it from her opinions.