Justiceline: January 5, 2011

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  • Rallying under the banner “End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy,” an Occupy Wall Street-inspired group plans to stage a series of sit ins in various courthouses, including the Supreme Court. The sit-ins, which will take place on Friday, January 20, 2012, protest the Supreme Court’s corporate-owned elections decision in Citizens United.
  • Hawai’i’s Supreme Court declared that state’s new election maps unconstitutional because they included non-permanent residents in determining population.
  • Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) announced long overdue legislation to establish marriage equality in that state.
  • The Ninth Circuit upheld a law granting immunity to telecommunications companies that aided NSA surveillance.
  • Judge Robert Carter, a member of the team that successfully litigated Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court, has died.