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Justiceline: March 28, 2012

Welcome to Justiceline, ThinkProgress Justice’s morning round-up of the latest legal news and developments. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @TPJustice.

  • After the second day of hearings about the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court, Dahlia Lithwick suggests it’s shaping up so that the law’s constitutionality will come down to the votes of two men, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts.
  • Today’s third and final hearing will look at whether the rest of the ACA is severable from the individual mandate if the court strikes down that provision and the law’s provision to expand Medicaid.
  • Federal appeals judges rejected claims by “Joe the Plumber” that his rights were violated by a state records search after he criticized then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
  • Sixty-eight House Democrats invoked have filed their amicus brief against SB 1070 ahead of the Supreme Court’s hearing on Arizona’s extreme immigration law, with one
  • A Texas court rejected the King Street Patriot’s constitutional arguments against state election law. Texas Democrats claim the political group made “unlawful political contributions” to the Texas GOP, and the ruling lets the Democrats’ case against KSP to proceed.
  • So far, out of the $1.5 million allotted, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has collected $742,000 to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the federal government.

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