Justiceline: November 19, 2012
Welcome to Justiceline, ThinkProgress Justice’s morning round-up of the latest legal news and developments. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @TPJusticeA Michigan appeals court has blunted the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the state, ruling that it should not be applied retroactively to those already serving sentences. A man who served almost 30 years of prison for alleged murder and rape was exonerated by a Missouri judge this month, prompting a call into St. Louis police investigations that might have caused wrongful convictions in other cases. The latest ruling that former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld is immune from suit for torture goes further in protecting all members of the military from future torture allegations. A Vermont judge has thrown out a birther lawsuit alleging President Obama was improperly elected because he is not a “natural born citizen.” The lawsuit was filed by former Republican primary U.S. Senate candidate H. Brooke Paige. Slate’s beloved Legal Affairs Editor Dahlia Lithwick shares a personal account from Jerusalem, where she’s on leave writing a book about the U.S. Supreme Court.
Original author: Nicole Flatow
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