Justiceline: May 9, 2012

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  • North Carolina chose their states’ dark past over a far more promising and prosperous future yesterday. The anti-gay Amendment 1 passed.
  • Right-wing militiaman Schaeffer Cox’s trial began yesterday in Alaska. Cox is accused of conspiring to “acquire a cache of illegal grenades, projectile launchers and silencer-equipped firearms, plotting to kill government officials who got in their way.”
  • Three Georgia federal judgeships will soon be open, with no relief in sight for that state’s overburdened judiciary thanks to Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson’s (R-GA) obstructionist tactics.
  • A new poll in the Texas Republican Senate primary suggests that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst could beat ubertenther Ted Cruz in the first round of polling — although the poll should be taken with a grain of salt because it was released by a Dewhurst-aligned group.
  • The nation’s longest serving federal court of appeals judge, John F. Kennedy-appointee James Browning, has died.