Justiceline: February 14, 2013

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  • Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) is showing increasing hostility toward federal oversight of the state’s prison system, which is under court supervision after a U.S. Supreme Court order to reduce the state’s prison population. The federal judge overseeing the case chastised Brown after he alleged the Special Master had engaged in unethical conduct when he submitted a report highly critical of the state’s psychiatric care. Brown also refused the request by another court appointee to hire more staff for prison reviews. Brown declared last month that the prison emergency was “over” and he no longer needed to comply with Supreme Court-ordered population caps.
  • A South Carolina inmate who was on death row for two years will get a new trial, after the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the court should have allowed the defendant testify on his own behalf, even if his lawyer thought it might harm their case.
  • The U.S. lost one of its most influential legal scholars and philosophers today. Ronald Dworkin, who articulated the influential theory that integrity is central to the U.S. legal system, died early Thursday morning at 81.
  • More abuse allegations are emerging at a now-closed juvenile detention facility for girls with a troubled history in the Florida panhandle. A mental health technician who has been accused of sexually abusing at least six girls turned himself in this week.
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