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#Scotus stopped being a court and anointed itself America’s unelected super legislature when Congress gave it power to choose which cases it takes. Today the court uses that authority to select which questions about those cases it wants to answer. Congress can reform the #supremecourt without obliterating the institution through court packing, by passing legislation to end its arguably unconstitutional question-selection power. #law https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3974890


File under: #WTF

Automated ammunition vending machines have recently been installed in grocery stores across Oklahoma and Alabama.

Yes. Bullets are now being sold like candy in grocery stores.

https://www.cleveland.com/nation/2024/07/vending-machines-selling-bullets-at-grocery-stores.html

#sensiblegunlawsnow #Biden #BidenHarris #BidenHarris2024 #WeBackBidenHarris #StillRidinWithBiden24 #guns #gunviolence #guncontrol #USPolitics #law


🧵 #THREAD

Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a column we wish all the members of the media had to read word-for-word, out loud, before they could log on to their computer systems.

Since that seems unlikely, we're giving you a multi-post thread that reproduces the column in its entirety.

Why? Because #Democracy is worth protecting.

#Expats: This column has been brought to you by http://VoteFromAbroad.org. Please #boost it widely.

@journalismandcomment @history #law #tiktok


Here's something fun for the #FourthofJuly: A chilling 'accidental confession' on #Project2025.

#HeritageFoundation majordomo says the quiet part out loud, dog-whistles the #MAGA crowd to get ready for...

We can't even bring ourselves to say it. Watch it yourself.

https://youtu.be/LU39UVT1gEw?si=GJpvB_VkVl8ihZbI&t=27

Then go to http://VoteFromAbroad.org to #register to #vote and request your #ballot TODAY. The stakes are too high not to.

#SupremeCourt #SCOTUS #authoritarianism #immunity #Biden #Democracy #Law #USPolitics


#DOJ ofcls plan to pursue the #criminal cases against #Trump past #Election Day even if he
wins, under the belief that dept rules against charging or prosecuting a sitting president would not kick in until Inauguration in Jan…

That may become more consequential given #SCOTUS ruling on presidential #immunity, which probably will lead to further delays to Trump’s #ElectionInterference trial in DC & already affected 1 of his state cases.

#law
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/02/justice-dept-trump-prosecute-after-election/


…The current composition of #SCOTUS is the result of decades of work by #RightWing activists seeking a permanent #conservative #political ascendancy, & the behavior of the majority consistently reflects that objective. Like other right-wing institutions, it has become thoroughly #corrupted by its obeisance to the #Republican Party leader, the principle to which all others are now subordinate. This is not the Republican Party Court; it is the #Trump Court.

#law


That’s the idea: By balancing the possibility of any prosecution on this distinction, & by then making that distinction virtually impossible to discern, Roberts eliminates any chance of resolving the underlying #legal issues of #Trump’s current federal prosecution before Trump has a chance to take #power again. If Trump wins, he can then—wielding the sword of “absolute immunity” that #SCOTUS has provided—dismiss the #criminal investigations against him.

#law


“Distinguishing the President’s official actions from his unofficial ones can be difficult,” #JohnRoberts writes. Then he makes it more difficult, writing that “in dividing official from unofficial conduct, courts may not inquire into the President’s motives.”

#law #SCOTUS #PartisanCourt #ExtremistCourt #CorruptCourt #DarkMoney #immunity #Trump #MAGA #Republicans #Jan6


That renders the plain disclaimer on which the opinion rests—the president is not above the #law—a lie. More significant,the opinion depends on an implicit belief that the only person who would act so brazenly is #Trump, & that bc the majority of the justices…support Trump & want him to be president, he must be shielded from prosecution. In this backhanded manner, Trump’s justices acknowledge that he poses a unique threat to constitutional govt, one they just happen to support bc he’s their guy.


We can debate the nuances of history, the Framers’ intentions, or the text of the #Constitution. What the Founders of the #UnitedStates did not intend to do when they designed a constitutional system of checks & balances, was establish a govt that would allow someone to declare themselves president for life….

#SCOTUS writes that presidents cannot be prosecuted for “use” of their ofcl powers, but what it actually means is they cannot be prosecuted for the flagrant abuse of them.

#law #immunity


Referring to Trump’s scheme to manufacture voter-fraud prosecutions as a pretext for overturning his loss…, #SCOTUS writes that “because the President cannot be prosecuted for conduct within his exclusive constitutional authority, #Trump is absolutely immune from prosecution for the alleged conduct involving his discussions w/ #Justice Dept ofcls.” This refers to discussions in which Trump…told the #DOJ, “Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me & the R. Congressmen”….

#law


In her dissent, Justice Sonia #Sotomayor puts it plainly. Regarding the question of “whether a former President enjoys immunity from federal #criminal prosecution,” Sotomayor writes, “The majority thinks he should, & so it invents an atextual, ahistorical, & unjustifiable #immunity that puts the President above the #law.” That is the long & the short of it.

#SCOTUS #ExtremistCourt #Trump


The Court’s opinion presents an absurd paradox that defeats the purpose of a constitutional #democracy governed by the rule of #law. It has little basis in the #Constitution or in the words of the #Founders. It is the outcome that most benefits the Court’s preferred presidential candidate, while allowing the justices to live w/themselves for defacing beyond recognition the Constitution & the concept of democratic self-determination.

#SCOTUS #ExtremistCourt #immunity #Trump


Although the pro-#Trump justices attempt to nest the breadth of their opinion in legalese, their finding that the president cannot be prosecuted for “official acts,” & that much of Trump’s efforts to seize #power fall under that rubric, means that the justices have essentially legalized a losing president refusing to step down, as Trump tried to do after the 2020 election.

#law #SCOTUS #PartisanCourt #ExtremistCourt #DarkMoney #RightWing #MAGA #Republicans #Jan6


#SCOTUS Puts #Trump #AboveTheLaw

And gives him permission for a despotic second term.

By Adam Serwer

Near the top of their sweeping, #lawless opinion in Trump v. #UnitedStates, Donald Trump’s defenders on the #SupremeCourt repeat one of the most basic principles of American constitutional government: “The president is not above the law.” They then proceed to obliterate it.

#law #PartisanCourt #ExtremistCourt #DarkMoney #MAGA #Jan6
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2024/07/supreme-court-donald-trump-immunity-decision/678859/


A lifetime appointment means that #SupremeCourt justices can do whatever they wish when they are in the majority. When the justices wanted to force #Colorado to return #Trump to its presidential #ballot after the state concluded that his attempted seizure of #power on #Jan6 barred him from holding office under the #FourteenthAmendment, they moved as rapidly as possible. When they wanted to assist Trump’s strategy of delaying any possible federal trial, they took their time.

#SCOTUS #law


#NewYork Judge delays #Trump's #FalsifiedBusinessRecords #ElectionInterference sentencing to Sept. 18

Justice Merchan on Tues delayed Donald Trump's sentencing for his conviction on #criminal charges stemming from #HushMoney paid to a porn star until Sept. 18, after the Trump asked for a chance to argue he should have been immune from prosecution.

#FuckSCOTUS #SCOTUS #law
https://www.reuters.com/legal/trump-seek-overturn-ny-hush-money-conviction-after-immunity-ruling-nyt-2024-07-02/


Justice Juan M. #Merchan, may ultimately find no basis to overturn the #jury’s #verdict, but Tuesday’s delay is a surprising setback for the case, which had led to the first #conviction of an American president. The sentencing had been likely to be the only moment of #criminal accountability for the twice-impeached & four-time-indicted #Trump whose other cases are mired in #delay.

#law #FuckSCOTUS #SCOTUS


"As a specialist in poverty law, civil rights and access to justice who has litigated many cases in this area, I know that #homelessness in the U.S. is a function of poverty, not criminality, and that criminalizing people experiencing homelessness in no way helps solve the problem."

The majority of the US Supreme Court disagrees.
https://theconversation.com/supreme-court-rules-cities-can-ban-homeless-people-from-sleeping-outdoors-sotomayor-dissent-summarizes-opinion-as-stay-awake-or-be-arrested-232955
#News #BreakinNews #Scotus #Law


#DEI prgms toppled amid a surge of #conservative #lawsuits

A yr after #SCOTUS struck down race-based college admissions, #RightWing *public interest* grps have filed a barrage of federal lawsuits intended to dismantle long-standing #corporate & #government prgms that consider race in awarding #jobs & other #opportunities, & their #litigation already is eroding the use of #AffirmativeAction in an array of #American institutions.

#law #racism
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2024/06/27/conservative-lawsuits-topple-affirmative-action-dei/


Today, the Good Law Project is airing their documentary short, 'Carbon conspiracy: How shadowy think-tanks went to war on net zero'.

In it, we hear from leading figures in media and politics to explore the insidious network based around 55 Tufton Street with undisclosed donors - a network that lobbied for Brexit for years and is now focused on downplaying the climate crisis.

Link goes live at 1pm BST

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MbxKlsVtpPI

#GoodLawProject #Law #TuftonStreet #ClimateDenial #ClimateEmergency


#Trump allies test a new strategy for #ElectionInterference

In 5 battleground states, county-level ofcls have tried to block the #certification of #vote tallies — which election experts worry is a test run for trying to thwart a #Biden victory.

#law #VotingRights #ElectionLaw #BigLie
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/26/certification-2024-election-results/


"The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a proposed state-financed Catholic charter school, saying the first-of-its-kind religious public school violated the state and U.S. Constitution."

This is the right decision. The govt should not directly fund religious indoctrination.

I sure hope the Supreme Court does not get its christian nationalist hands on this case.

https://wapo.st/4cAcK9o

#law #lawFedi #lawProf #Religion #SupremeCourt #SCOTUS #Establishment #ChristianNationalism


JFC

A #Texas woman has been charged w/attempted murder after she tried to drown a 3-yr-old girl in a swimming pool, police said, adding that they are recommending the incident be treated as a #HateCrime.

The TX Council on American-#Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest #Muslim #CivilRights grp, identified the girl as a Muslim of #Palestinian origin & the woman as a #White American….

#law #racism #WhiteSupremacy #WhiteChristianNationalism
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/06/24/texas-drowning-child-euless/


A Nevada judge dismisses charges against six Republicans accused of falsely declaring Donald Trump winner of state in 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The Nevada Independent reports: "Immediately after the ruling, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said the 'judge got it wrong' and that his office will appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court."

https://flip.it/EuvxKf

For ongoing coverage, follow @trump-legal-issues-ElectionCentral

#Trump #Nevada #FakeElectors #Election #USPolitics #Politics #Law #News


#SCOTUS making #news today for the #work it did not do.

Every day that goes by on Trump’s absolute immunity claim w/o a decision, is a victory for #Trump. His strategy is to #delay. That way he can dismiss all federal charges against him if he wins.

#GiftArticle by Leah Litman:

Something’s Rotten About the Justices Taking So Long on Trump’s Immunity Case

#law
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/19/opinion/supreme-court-trump-immunity.html?unlocked_article_code=1.1E0.zLaW.zUjDebWiiRZ7&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb


Sen #MarkKelly & fmr Rep #GabbyGiffords on Their #IVF Journey: '#Freedom to Start a #Family Is Under #Threat'

In an exclusive essay for PEOPLE, the married #Arizona lawmakers share how a #gunman stole their dreams of having a child together — & why they fear politicians will do the same to other #families

#ReproductiveRights #ReproductiveHealth #FamilyPlanning #WomensHealth #Health #PublicHealth #GunControl #law #SCOTUS
https://people.com/mark-kelly-gabby-giffords-ivf-reproductive-freedom-exclusive-essay-8664641


#Democrats seek to repeal #Comstock #abortion rule, fearing #Trump crackdown

Democrats are seeking to overhaul an 1873 federal #law that #bans abortion-related materials from being sent through the mail, worried that a future Trump admin could invoke the #ComstockAct to crack down on #AbortionAccess or effectively #ban the procedure altogether.

#MAGA #Republicans #extremism #Christian #evangelism #Congress #legislation #TrumpProofing
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2024/06/20/comstock-abortion-repeal-tina-smith-senate/


#SCOTUS upholds #Trump #tax provision on #offshore earnings

The Supreme Court on Thurs rejected a challenge to an obscure provision of rump’s 2017 tax package.

The one-time tax on offshore earnings helped fund the massive tax cut permitted under #Congress’s limited powers of #taxation.

Some viewed the lawsuit as an effort to preemptively block Congress from creating a #WealthTax.

#law
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/20/supreme-court-trump-offshore-tax-wealth-earnings/


How a Network of Nonprofits Enriches Fundraisers While Spending Almost Nothing on Its Stated Causes
==

ProPublica identified a group of connected #political nonprofits — with names like American Breast #Cancer Coalition and National Coalition for Disabled #Veterans — that appear to be funneling more than 90% of donations to fundraisers.

#News #Politics #Nonprofit #Law #IRS #FTC

https://www.propublica.org/article/political-nonprofits-fundraising-ftc-irs-527s-pacs


“It certainly seems like an issue that could be ripe for litigation because it’s right on its face discriminating against people for sexual orientation or #transgender status.”

Out today, from Kit @oconnell: Emails obtained from the #Texas Department of Agriculture reveal the turmoil caused by Sid Miller's transphobic dress code, which the Observer first revealed last year. https://www.texasobserver.org/sid-miller-transphobic-dress-code-emails/

#news #politics #agriculture #transphobia #LGBTQIA+ #USpol #law


#BorisEpshteyn routinely surfaces as a lesser character in #Trump-related #indictments. In a case in #Arizona on Tues, he will be a major figure.
A college friend of Trump’s son Eric at Georgetown, he would become a swaggering TV surrogate for the 2016 Trump campaign before eventually serving as Trump’s unofficial chief #fixer & #legal strategist.
#law #ElectionLaw #democracy #TrumpCoupAttempt #Insurrection #Jan6
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/18/us/boris-epshteyn-arizona-trump.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb


A new report revealed #Trump’s disturbing penchant for #executing his #political enemies. His response is somehow even worse.

Fmr Trump comms dir #AlyssaFarahGriffin revealed that Trump called for the #execution of a staffer on several occasions during his time in the WH—& the disturbing news (& Trump’s even more troubling reaction) is already fading from headlines.

#law #democracy #VoteBlue #BidenHarris2024
https://newrepublic.com/post/182791/trump-execution-threats