Justiceline: November 21, 2012

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  • The Department of Justice has settled claims that East Haven, Ct. police officers discriminated against Latinos. The town’s mayor, Joseph Maturo, came under fire earlier this year when he answered a question about how he would address this alleged discrimination by saying he “might have tacos.”
  • Exasperated by federal agency jargon, a D.C. appeals court judge declared a war on acronyms during oral argument Monday, saying that their overuse “creates an environmental problem.”
  • The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a third case on property rights under the U.S. Constitution’s takings clause after years of not prioritizing the issue. The last time the court heard more than one property rights case was in the 2004–2005 term, when the court decided in Kelo v. City of New London that the government could exercise its eminent domain power for economic development projects. The latest case concerns a depression-era law intended to control supply and demand in the raisin market by requiring farmers to set aside a part of their crop.
  • After a 16-month battle, a transgender Oklahoman was granted a name change by a state appeals court.