Justiceline: November 16, 2012

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  • In a continuation of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s war against the franchise, Husted is appealing a federal judge’s stern rejection of his last-minute directive for counting provisional ballots, which threatened to disenfranchise thousands of voters.
  • Appeals court judges at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague have overturned the convictions of two Croat generals for  conspiring to expel Serbs.
  • As expected, BP pleaded guilty yesterday to 14 criminal counts including manslaughter and will pay $4 billion — the largest criminal payout in history — for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP still faces federal civil charges.
  • After several Washington State county prosecutors announced they would drop charges for marijuana possession that would be legal under the state’s new law, Colorado is now following suit. Prosecutors in Boulder and Denver said they would halt new prosecutions for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana for individuals 21 or over, and Boulder’s prosecutor added that he would drop all pending cases.
  • The ACLU is challenging the federal government’s mandatory detention of immigrants with pending deportation proceedings, many of whom are not considered dangerous and have good arguments that they can remain in the country.