Justiceline: January 17, 2013

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  • The Department of Justice is refusing to reveal any details about two FBI memos on secret GPS tracking. Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the ACLU, DOJ provided the two memos — with almost every page entirely blacked out.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that tests a federal agency’s power to determine its own limits. The case concerns the Federal Communications Commission’s intervention in the process for building wireless towers.
  • A bill to make financial aid available to undocumented immigrants in New York is gaining traction in the state Assembly.
  • The first execution of 2013 occurred in Virginia Wednesday. The inmate fought last-minute attempts by attorneys to stop his execution, saying that he deserved to die, and commented last year that the only way to stop him from killing was to put him to death.
  • Remember the “constitutional authority” statements House members committed to attach to all bills last year? Two years later, applying the rule has led to some very interesting theories, including the discovery of an “Ambulatory Surgical Centers clause” by Rep. Pete Sessions.