"Justiceline: March 19, 2013"
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- Trial began yesterday in a major class action challenge to the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactic that will see more than 100 witnesses testify.
- An essay by a prisoner who called his 25 years in solitary confinement “worse than death” received an honorable mention from the Yale Law Journal.
- The New Hampshire House is voting to repeal its Stand Your Ground law — the controversial law used as a defense in the Trayvon Martin case that allows deadly force in self-defense without requiring retreat.
- In spite of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that attaching a GPS to a car without a warrant was unconstitutional, the federal government is arguing in another case that exceptions to the warrant requirement allow them to track a car without a GPS device.
- On the 50th anniversary of the landmark case Gideon v. Wainright, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill giving the federal government better authority to enforce the right to counsel.
- The 102-year-old voter who was a guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address this year after she endured an hours-long line to vote wrote a letter to Justice Antonin Scalia, saying she was “shocked” by his reference to the Voting Rights Act as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”