Welcome to Justiceline, ThinkProgress Justice’s morning round-up of the latest legal news and developments. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @TPJustice
- A DC elementary school declared a “Trayvon Martin Day” to teach its students and community about social justice, race relations and to avoid violence.
- The New Jersey legislative black caucus came out against state supreme court nominee Bruce Harris, who is African-American, citing his lack of qualifications: “The nomination of Mr. Harris sends the wrong message — that we can only achieve diversity on the Supreme Court through lowering the bar for qualifications,” said Sen. Ron Rice. “In a state with many distinguished African-American lawyers and judges, nothing could be further from the truth.”
- The Second Circuit held that records relating the the waterboarding of a Guantanamo Bay detainee can remain sealed.
- The Louisiana Senate approved a state constitutional amendment that will make it nearly impossible to pass gun laws in that state if it is fully ratified.
- The Virginia Supreme Court exonerated a man convicted of a 1978 rape, due to DNA evidence.
- And, finally, after Rick Perry’s “oops” of a presidential campaign, his endorsement is now a liability. In Texas.