Justiceline: October 11, 2011

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  • Once again, the Supreme Court appears poised to increase corporate America’s power to force consumers and workers to give up their right to sue corporations in return for a privatized arbitration system that overwhelmingly favors corporate parties. Justice Elena Kagan, to her credit, began oral argument in the Court’s latest forced arbitration case sympathetic to consumer rights, but eventually appeared overwhelmed by the weight of prior decisions.
  • The NRA’s chief lobbyist warns that if President Obama is elected he could flip the Court’s bare majority in favor of expansive gun rights back to its longstanding position favoring gun control. Strangely, the NRA made no mention of the fact that GOP presidential frontrunner Herman Cain takes the same position as Obama-appointee Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Amendment.
  • An Atlanta judge upheld the firing of a teacher who lost her job because of a Facebook photograph of her holding an alcoholic drink while on vacation in Europe.
  • The New York Times sues the Obama Administration seeking an internal document that will reveal how the administration interprets part of the PATRIOT Act.
  • Nina Totenberg explains what life would be like in Justice Clarence Thomas’s America:
  • He is the only justice willing to allow states to establish an official religion; the only justice who believes teenagers have no free speech rights at all; the only justice who believes that it’s unconstitutional to require campaign funders to disclose their identity; he’s the only justice who voted to strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act; and the only justice to say that the court should invalidate a wide range of laws regulating business conduct and working conditions.
  • And, finally, Justice Kagan eats pizza! In jeans! Just like normal people.