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- President Obama is the first president in American history whose judicial nominees are not mostly white males.
- The Fifth Circuit issued an order that will likely reduce the sanctions against a cheerleader who sued the school district that made her cheer her alleged rapist — although she will most likely still wind up being on the hook for tens of thousand of dollars.
- Americans are more likely to be able to name one of the judges on American Idol than they are to be able to name a member of the Supreme Court.
- A federal judge dismissed most of a lawsuit brought by a guy who stripped down in the middle of an airport to protest TSA screening procedures — he claims that he was illegally detained because of his viewpoint.
- The number of people serving life without parole tripled between 1992 and 2008, despite an overall drop in violent crime.
- Anita Hill, who testified at Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing that he sexually harassed her when she worked for him, will speak out about her experience next October.