Justiceline: November 27, 2012

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court declined to weigh in yesterday on the constitutionality of an Illinois law that makes it a felony to record audio of police officers. The federal appeals court had blocked the law, one of the harshest in the country, as a First Amendment violation, and will now decide whether to make the injunction permanent. The court also declined to consider whether criminal defendants have a constitutional right to assert an insanity defense. 
  • In a novel case, a Pennsylvania federal district court held that individuals who steal others’ Wi-Fi can be subject to police surveillance even through another person’s IP address.
  • In Ohio, a federal judge ruled that a death row inmate cannot delay his execution because he is severely overweight.
  • Sociologist Philip Cohen explains why single mothers can’t be scapegoated for the murder rate anymore.
  • The Washington Post editorial board urges the Department of Justice not to file a legal challenge against the new marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado, and to refrain from prosecuting those individuals complying with the state laws. It also endorses decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana — a step short of the legalize and regulate model adopted by Washington and Colorado.
  • Meanwhile, New Jersey has imposed a temporary ban on a form of synthetic marijuana.