Aides Used Politics in Hires: A Department of Justice report revealed aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez used illegal hiring tactics by using job candidates' politics to guide hires for several high-level positions, including immigration judges and U.S. assistant lawyers, according to The New York Times.
Ban on Toxins: The Washington Post reports members of Congress have decided to ban a group of toxins that are often found on toys and believed to cause health problems. The ban reveals a shift in favor of consumers in their ability to successfully challenge the chemical industry.
New Lawsuit Over D.C. Gun Legislation: The Associated Press reports Dick Heller, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that ended the District's 32-year-old gun-ban, filed a new lawsuit against the city that claims its new gun legislation continues to violate a person's right to own a gun for protection. The lawsuit claims the new gun regulations make it unreasonably difficult for D.C. residents to store a gun in a home for self-defense.
Maryland Death Penalty Commission Holds First Meeting: A Maryland commission that is examining the state's death penalty convened for the first time yesterday in the first of several meetings, according to The Washington Post. The commission will make a recommendation to the governor and state about the future of capital punishment in Maryland. In the first meeting, the commission was exposed to statistics that suggest racial and jurisdictional disparities in how the death penalty is applied and heard testimony from the Unabomber's brother.