Justiceline: November 19, 2012

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  • A Michigan appeals court has blunted the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the state, ruling that it should not be applied retroactively to those already serving sentences.
  • A man who served almost 30 years in prison for alleged murder and rape was exonerated by a Missouri judge this month, prompting ai investigation into St. Louis police practices that might have caused wrongful convictions in other cases.
  • The latest ruling that former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld is immune from suit for torture goes further in protecting all members of the military from future torture allegations.
  • A Vermont judge has thrown out a birther lawsuit alleging President Obama was improperly elected because he is not a “natural born citizen.” The lawsuit was filed by former Republican primary U.S. Senate candidate H. Brooke Paige.
  • Beloved Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick shares a personal account from Jerusalem, where she’s on leave writing a book about the U.S. Supreme Court.