Justiceline: April 9, 2013

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  • While only about 55 percent of law school graduates have found jobs practicing law over the past two years, the need for lawyers is greater than ever in rural areas, the New York Times reports. In a novel move to address the shortage, South Dakota will offer funding to lawyers who agree to practice in rural parts of the state for five years.
  • Following the latest trend in the ever-expanding drug-testing industry, the Arkansas Senate passed a bill to drug-test the state’s recipients of unemployment benefits.
  • The Department of Justice is considering expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act to incorporate website accessibility, and could require websites to incorporate features like spoken descriptions of photos for the blind and captions for the deaf.
  • For those who thought the sequester wasn’t having a major impact on the justice system yet, a federal judge said Monday that the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son could be delayed for several months because of budget cuts. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said the budget cuts will require a five-week furlough of Abu Ghaith’s court-appointed lawyer.
  • After a Department of Justice investigation that found frequent use of excessive force in the Seattle Police Department, the embattled police chief is retiring.
  • Ten former Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are challenging in court President Obama’s deferred action program that allows some law-abiding undocumented immigrants to remain in the country if they arrived before age 16.