Justiceline: October 3, 2012

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  • A federal appeals court in New York has extended the stay on a district judge’s order blocking a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act challenged by journalists and activists who feared they would be subject to indefinite detention under the law.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit got its first African American chief judge this week. Judge Carl E. Stewart replaces Judge Edith H. Jones, who is known for her conservative views and frequent attendance at corporate junkets.
  • The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the use of leg restraints during trial compromised a defendant’s right to a fair trial.
  • Fifteen minutes during tonight’s presidential debate are devoted to the “role of government.” Does that mean the candidates will actually talk about the Constitution?