Justiceline: November 29, 2012

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether the court can now correct an erroneous five-year sentence for a gun crime that typically carries a three-year sentence.
  • The high court’s refusal to review an Idaho state law that prohibits the insanity defense has prompted sharp commentary from the Los Angeles Times, Slate’s Emily Bazelon and the New York Times’ Lincoln Caplan.
  • The United States ranks below two thirds of its peers and even many developing countries in providing access to both civil and criminal justice, according to a new survey. The U.S. ranks 26th among 97 countries for access to criminal justice, and 22nd for civil justice in the World Justice Project’s “Rule of Law Index.”
  • A group of exotic dancers alleging labor violations won a major victory last week when a federal judge in California approved a $13 million settlement.
  • “President Obama is determined to make his mark on the federal judiciary after years of seeing nominees delayed or derailed by Senate Republicans,” in spite of continued Republican obstruction, USA Today reports.