Justiceline: November 20, 2012

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  • Two public interest groups have filed a complaint with the U.N. Committee Against Torture alleging that Canada violated the Torture Convention by failing to investigate and prosecute George W. Bush when he entered the country for U.S. treatment of Guantanamo detainees.
  • The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has named University of Maryland law professor Sherrilyn Ifill as its new president. Ifill, who was a lawyer at LDF earlier in her career, is a frequent commentator, and regular contributor to the Root and other publications.
  • A federal court is expected to rule this week on a legal challenge to the isolation of HIV-positive prisoners in Alabama and South Carolina.
  • A judge won’t halt the construction of California’s high-speed rail project, rejecting a lawsuit by farmers’ unions that alleges the decades-long construction project poses an “imminent threat” to some of the country’s most productive agricultural land.
  • In New York, it costs $54,000 to house one inmate for one year, but a college education program for prisoners requires a one-time investment of $35,000 on average and drastically reduces recidivism, Melissa Harris-Perry explains during an in-depth segment on prisons Sunday.