"Justiceline: August 6, 2012"
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- In an unsurprising but unfortunate decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down that state’s “fair fight” law that enables candidates who do not have massive pools of money to compete with their more well-funded opponents. The Nebraska law closely resembles an Arizona law that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court’s five Republican justices last year.
- A study of Colorado’s death penalty claims that it is unconstitutional because it is arbitrarily applied to just a small percentage of people who are eligible for it.
- Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor suggests that public confidence in the Supreme Court began to dip after the Court’s five conservatives sided with George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore. O’Connor, however, refused to recant her deciding vote for Bush in that case.
- A federal court allows a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s anti-tax TABOR amendment to move forward.
- Virginia Beach, Virginia tells inmates who have been serving their sentences on weekends only that they will now need to report to jail for continuous sentences because of an advisory opinion by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA).