Justiceline: November 8, 2012

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  • Although the presidential election wasn’t too close to call, election problems were rampant Tuesday, prompting same-day lawsuits and the hashtag #StayInLine. During his victory speech, President Obama offhandedly said, “by the way, we have to fix that,” and election law expert Rick Hasen tells Rachel Maddow how we might do so through federal legislation. In the meantime, the long-term court battles over state voter suppression laws still loom ahead.
  • For a visual of some of the major state ballot initiatives, check out this map from Upworthy.
  • While most eyes were on the election Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments over whether there are limits to the double jeopardy rule — that criminals can’t be tried twice for the same crime. On Wednesday, the court considered how far Nike must go to defend its trademark.
  • In a refreshing change of pace, a Texas appeals court judge lowered the sentence of a mentally impaired death row inmate Tuesday to life without parole.
  • A federal appeals court panel has rejected a lawsuit by American citizens against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for alleged torture. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had initially upheld their right to sue, but a panel reviewing the decision en banc came to the opposite conclusion, and joins two other circuits that have rejected damages lawsuits against U.S. officials in cases of alleged torture.