Justiceline: January 18, 2013

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  • Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) says he would sign legislation repealing his state’s death penalty if it were presented to him.
  • Meanwhile, Virginia executed a man who actively sought the death penalty and who continued to commit capital crimes while incarcerated in an apparent attempt to ensure that he would be killed by the state. The man’s attorneys said he had a history of mental illness.
  • Justice Scalia appears to have finally found a property rights case he does not like.
  • Tea Party Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) backs away his suggestion that people who object to the Obama Administration’s efforts to ensure access to contraception should go to jail in protest.
  • A man who was labeled a “white supremacist lawyer” by the Southern Poverty Law Center is really upset that a plaque in the Texas Supreme Court no longer honors the Confederacy as much as he’d like.
  • And, finally, Stanford Law School is apparently hosting a “Law and Robotics Conference.” I hope there aren’t any panels on how to replace legal bloggers with robots, because I really like my job.