"Justiceline: January 8, 2013"
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- On the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are launching a gun violence prevention initiative to counter the influence of the National Rifle Association.
- The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument yesterday in another case about class actions — this one about whether an insurance company can transfer a class suit to federal court, where businesses fare better.
- The court also declined to review several prominent cases, including a challenge to federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, and a lawsuit by combat veterans challenging delays by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- A Florida legislator is pushing amendments to the state’s Stand Your Ground law that came out of an alternative panel he established to review the impact of the controversial law. The panel endorsed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) didn’t recommend any changes to the law, in spite of empirical research showing that the law is ineffective and linked to higher homicide rates.
- The New York Times profiles forensic pathologist Steven T. Hayne, whose autopsy reports in Mississippi have been challenged by numerous prisoners, and who was featured in the wrongful conviction documentary Mississippi Innocence.