Justiceline: March 26, 2013

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this morning on the first of two cases on whether to end discrimination against same-sex couples. Arguments for the lucky few who made it into the courtroom will begin shortly after 10 a.m. eastern time, and the court has agreed to release same-day audio of the arguments.
  • Just a week after the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that articulated the right to counsel, the author of the acclaimed book about the case has died. Anthony Lewis, a longtime New York Times columnist who won two Pulitzer Prizes, was 85.
  • In light of Connecticut’s death penalty repeal, the state Supreme Court will consider whether the death sentences of 11 inmates already on death row violate their constitutional rights.
  • Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill to limit the state’s solitary confinement of prisoners — an extreme practice that has been called “a living death.”