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"Given the smaller number of seditious members in the Senate, McConnell’s task is far easier: Conduct a quick Senate trial; convict Trump and..."

"... ban him from future office; expel Cruz and Hawley; and then vote to censure others who tried to deny voters the president and vice president they chose. McConnell should do these things not because it is the only moral, decent course, but because he is smarter than McCarthy and knows that to do any less would starve his members of financial support and set them up for losses from pro-democracy primary challengers or Democrats. And we know one thing: McConnell is not dumb."  From "Impeachm...
Tags: Law, Senate, Joe Biden, House, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Mccarthy, Cruz, Trump, Mike Pence, McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Rubin, Hawley, Jennifer Rubin, Ann Althouse

Democracy Is Fragile. Do You Feel Lucky?

Tom Standage, editor of “The World in 2021“, a feature of The Economist published on November 16, 2020 asked: Do you feel lucky? The number 21 is connected with luck, risk, taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s the number of spots on a standard die, and the number of shillings in a guinea, the currency of wagers and horse-racing. It’s the minimum age at which you can enter a casino in America, and the name of a family of card games, including blackjack, that are popular with gamblers. All of...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Washington, America, United States, Cruz, Economist, Capitol, Hawley, Tom Standage, Justice Issues, Legal Information

Just so we're clear...

Just so we're clear, "Dick Cheney" is trending because people want ted Cruz to be shot. Twitter is a cesspit of sociopaths.— IMPERATOR_NASDAQ (@ImpNasdaq) December 30, 2020 Ted, I enthusiastically encourage you to go hunting with Dick Cheney next time.— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 29, 2020 Backstory: "Dick Cheney hunting accident" (Wikipedia). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Twitter, Law, Wikipedia, Ted, Ted Cruz, Dick Cheney, Cruz, Ann Althouse, Betty Bowers

GOP senator says he's unconvinced by a Texas lawsuit - backed by Trump and 17 other states - that seeks to overturn the 2020 election

Activists from 12 local organizations marched through Detroit on November 7 to call for the protection of the city's votes. Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Getty Images Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told CNN he's not convinced by a Republican lawsuit meant to overturn the 2020 election. "I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it," Cornyn said Wednesday. The lawsuit in question was filed by Texas' attorney general, Ken Paxton, and...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, US, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Gop, Ted Cruz, New Jersey, Jeb Bush, Republican

GOP senator says he's 'unconvinced' by a Texas lawsuit - backed by Trump and 17 states - that aims to overturn the 2020 election

Detroit activists from 12 local organizations marched through the city on November 7th, 2020 to call for the protection of Detroit's votes. Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Getty Images US Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told CNN he's not convinced by a Republican lawsuit aimed at overturning the 2020 election. "I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it," Cornyn said Wednesday. The lawsuit in question was filed by Texas Attorney Gen...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, US, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Gop, Ted Cruz, New Jersey, Jeb Bush, Republican

GOP senator says he's 'unconvinced' by a Texas lawsuit that aims to overturn the 2020 election

Detroit activists from 12 local organizations marched through the city on November 7th, 2020 to call for the protection of Detroit's votes. Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Getty Images US Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told CNN he's not convinced by a Republican lawsuit aimed at overturning the 2020 election. "I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it," Cornyn said Wednesday. The lawsuit in question was filed by Texas Attorney Gen...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, US, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Gop, Ted Cruz, New Jersey, Jeb Bush, Republican

Monday round-up

President Donald Trump’s release of 20 new potential Supreme Court nominees continued to generate reactions over the weekend. In The Hill newspaper, John Kruzel notes that the new list “includes a half dozen former clerks of Justice Clarence Thomas, a reflection of the staunch conservative’s growing clout in the Trump era.” At E&E News, Pamela King examines how five of the people on Trump’s list have handled environmental issues during their legal careers. In an op-ed for NBC News, Brian Fallon ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Round-up, Brian Fallon, Hill, Clarence Thomas, Tom Cotton R Ark, John Kruzel, Sens Ted Cruz R Tex, Caroline Kelly, Trump era At E E News Pamela King, Alison Main

2 Women Allege in Lawsuit That They Were Sexually Assaulted on Frontier Airlines Flights and the Airline Failed to Respond

In a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Denver on Dec. 16, two women have alleged that they were sexually assaulted on Frontier Airlines flights by fellow passengers — and the airline failed to respond to their requests for help. The suit, which was first reported by The Denver Post, includes allegations from two women from Denver. One plaintiff named Lena Ramsay alleges she was assaulted by a male passenger on a Frontier flight from Denver to Providence in October of ...
Tags: Florida, News, Law, Colorado, Uncategorized, Fbi, DOE, Denver, Cruz, Frontier, Providence, U S District Court, Denver Post, Frontier Airlines, Ramsay, Jane Doe

Ted Cruz's brilliant Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act – the El Chapo Act.

On the day of the guilty verdict against El Chapo, Cruz promotes the bill he first introduced in April 2017 and reintroduced last month, Fox News Reports. “America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts,” Cruz tweeted Tuesday shortly before the Sinaloa cartel boss was convicted on drug trafficking, weapons violations and money laundering charges in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, N.Y. “U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug...
Tags: Law, Congress, Drugs, America, Brooklyn, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Trump, El Chapo, Sinaloa, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's new Congress, El Chapo Cruz, Fox News Reports

A year after tragedy, taking stock of the agony (and wondering about the costs) already surrounding the capital prosecution of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz

CNN has this notable new article headlined "This is where Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz's death penalty case stands a year later," and here are excerpts: A year after Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people and injured 17 others at his former high school in Florida, the question is not whether he's guilty -- he's confessed on video.  It's does he live or die?  His defense team has offered a guilty plea in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole -- but only if prosecutors take the...
Tags: Florida, Law, US, Cnn, Boston Marathon, Cruz, Pollack, Broward County, Broward, Meadow, Hornsby, Andrew Pollack, Douglas A Berman, Finkelstein, Howard Finkelstein, Marsy

You know me — I said, last December, "Why aren't the Democratic candidates better? I'm just going to be for Amy Klobuchar."

Link.So what am I supposed to do with this: "Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar’s Wrath Toward Her Aides/'It’s hard to explain the anxiety that permeates the office,' a former staffer for the Minnesota Democrat told BuzzFeed News."I could say, eh, it's BuzzFeed, well known fake-newsers.Or I could say, this is what they do to women. The same thing that would be tolerated (or even celebrated) in a man is terrible in a woman. Oh, Amy's not nice enough. Every single woman who could pull off the ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Senate, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc, New York Times, Amy Klobuchar, Bill, Hillary, Cruz, Amy, BuzzFeed News, Klobuchar, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trumpspeak

"It takes courage to admit that people hate your face, and it’s both sad and heartening to see Cruz do so after years of taunts to that effect."

"Stephen Colbert has called the senator a 'half-melted G.I. Joe.' The Kid Mero told him he looks like he eats mice. USA Today, the most boring and benign newspaper on the planet, once headlined a piece, 'Why You May Not like Ted Cruz’s Face, According to Science.' Cruz seemed impervious to such criticism, what with his nonstop grandstanding and that unrelenting dumb smirk. But apparently he took the feedback to heart, because now the dumb smirk is ever so slightly obscured by a moustache."From "...
Tags: Texas, Law, Stephen Colbert, Etiquette, Looks, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Beards, Mero, Ann Althouse

Senator Ted Cruz supports FIRST STEP Act with revisions, Prez Trump tweets for a "VOTE," and the bill's prospects brighten

The US stock market probably can lay claim to being the most volatile and unpredictable metric since last months election, but the ups and downs surrounding the possible enactment of the FIRST STEP Act during the lame duck Congress have certainly been knocking me for a loop.  As of yesterday evening, as reflected in this post, I was ready to put a folk in reform efforts and conclude they were done for now.  But a new day brings all sorts of new developments: (1) Senator Ted Cruz issued this pres...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Gop, South Dakota, Alaska, Ted Cruz, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Kansas City, Donald Trump, Cruz, Mitch

Watching the midterm election results.

1. How are you watching? The news channels have been nattering for hours about how to watch. They’re laying down the first phase of a narrative that we’ll look back on. In 2016, I didn’t fully appreciate the narrative at the time, and I don’t want to miss it this time. But I always assume things will be boring!2. Seems fair to say it’s not a “blue wave.” 7:51 CT.3. Fox News says the Democrats will take the House.4. CNN says Cruz wins and GOP keeps the Senate. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Al...
Tags: Law, Senate, Cnn, Gop, House, Fox News, Cruz, Ann Althouse

Trump goes to Texas to rally for Cruz and — for one exquisite minute — the 2 men come together.

This one-minute clip is hilarious, both because they're doing the theater of love but you can plainly see they do not love and because of Trump's obviously superior understanding of stagecraft and camera framing:Cruz spoke first. You can scroll back in the video to see that. He introduces Trump and Trump comes out slowly, interacting with the crowd and not looking at Cruz, whose back is to the camera:Finally, Trump begins to turn toward Cruz, but he continues to look away, as Cruz's blocky head ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Ted, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Gestures, Trump, Ann Althouse, President Trump

"[Beto O'Rourke] had Joe Kennedy down here campaigning with him. And Joe Kennedy was driving him around. I have to admit, it may be the first time in history anyone's ever asked a Kennedy to drive."

Ted Cruz makes a Mary Jo Kopechne joke, quoted in "Kennedyesque? Texans get close-up comparison as Beto O'Rourke stumps with Joe Kennedy III" (Dallas Morning News).In Corpus, O'Rourke began by asking Kennedy to play chauffeur and as he often does, letting viewers come along for the ride via Facebook Live. They bantered. O'Rourke teased Kennedy for being unable to figure out the windshield wipers as a brief downpour hit....Asked in McAllen about Cruz's jab, Kennedy said... "My family — I'm proud ...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Law, Ted Cruz, Driving, Cruz, Kennedy, BETO, Rourke, McAllen, Ted Kennedy, Joe Kennedy, Mary Jo Kopechne, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke, Wendybar

Prison guard beat handcuffed inmate to death, how to build a better crime lab, the effects of criminal-justice debt, federal justice reform gets real, and other stories

Here are a few Texas justice stories that merit readers' attention this weekend, as well as some national items which caught Grits' eye: Prison guard beat handcuffed inmate to death The inmate beaten to death in the shower by a Huntsville prison guard this summer was handcuffed when he was attacked, reported the Houston Chronicle's Keri Blakinger in an update. The guard was charged with aggravated assault, but those facts read like a minimum of manslaughter, to me, and outright murder doesn't se...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Gop, House, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Cruz, Co, Trump, Houston Chronicle, Grassley, Huntsville, Kavanaugh

Robot criminals, 'overstated findings' by a crime lab analyst, bail advice that was costly to ignore, and other stories

Here are a few browser-clearing odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: 'Overstated findings' by DPS analyst The Texas Forensic Science Commission dinged a DPS lab chemist for "overstated findings" in the blood-spatter case Pro Publica's Pam Colloff has been following. See her latest update here. There oughtta be a law Texas extended sex-offender registration requirements for thousands of people without any legal authority, the Austin Statesman's Eric Dexheimer reported. Now, some are...
Tags: Texas, Law, US, Houston, Cruz, Sonia Sotomayor, DPS, Harris County, Cornyn, Gritsforbreakfast, Bruce Western, Austin Statesman, Eric Dexheimer, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Arthur Rizer, Civil Rights Corps

Protesters chanting "We believe survivors" drive Ted Cruz out of a D.C. restaurant.

BREAKING. Activists just chased @TedCruz out of a fancy Washington DC restaurant, chanting “We Believe Survivors!”Cruz has been friends with creep Kavanaugh for 20 years. Now Cruz is on judiciary committee hearing his testimony. Fascists not welcome! #CancelKavanugh — Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) September 25, 2018 Here's the write-up in the NY Post:Following Cruz and his wife through the restaurant, the self-described constituent and “survivor of sexual assault...
Tags: The Clash, Texas, Protest, Law, Austin, Washington Dc, Ted Cruz, Willie Nelson, Cruz, BETO, U S Senate, Kavanaugh, Workin, Ann Althouse, Insults, I'm skeptical

"Nikolas Cruz’s birth mom had a violent, criminal past. Could it help keep him off Death Row?"

The title of this post is the title of this very lengthy Miami Herald article which gets started this way: Nikolas Cruz had two mothers: his birth mom, who gave him life, an almond-shaped head and auburn hair — and his adoptive mom, who gave him all the advantages of an upscale, suburban upbringing. His birth mother, Brenda Woodard, was sometimes homeless, and panhandled for money on a highway exit ramp. His adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, stayed home to manage a 4,500-square-foot, five-bedroom ho...
Tags: Florida, Law, Cruz, Miami Herald, Nikolas, Woodard, Parkland, Douglas A Berman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz, Lynda Cruz, Broward Public Defender 's Office, Brenda Woodard, Nikolas Lynda Cruz

"The Senate may be out of reach for the Democrats in 2018, but please, if there is a God, let O'Rou[r]ke kick Cruz' sorry Canadian can to the curb."

Top-rated comment on "8 questions for the midterm elections: A blue wave or not?" by Dan Balz (WaPo).ALSO: At WaPo, "Trump blasted ‘Lyin' Ted’ Cruz again and again. Activists want to remind Texans with a billboard": On the market for a billboard, outside the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. #TxSen — Antonio (@AntonioArellano) September 1, 2018 IN THE COMMENTS: Henry delves into the Balz article and finds a fantastic paragraph and riffs:Metaphor madness!But is it...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Ted Cruz, Dan Balz, Cruz, Henry, Cab Calloway, Ann Althouse, Balz, 2018 Elections, Beto O'Rourke, Henry (the commenter, Dan Balz WaPo, WaPo Trump, Blue Serge Suit

Spotlighting challenges surrounding an Eighth Amendment jurisprudence defining adulthood at 18

Beth Schwartzapfel has this effective new Marshall Project piece on the Supreme Court's recent juvenile sentencing jurisprudence under the headline "The Right Age to Die?: For some, science is outpacing the High Court on juveniles and the death penalty." Here are excerpts: When 15-year-old Luis Cruz joined the Latin Kings in 1991, he was a child by almost any measure: he couldn’t legally drive, drop out of school, or buy a beer.  But was he still a child a few years later when — just months aft...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Donald Trump, Cruz, Kennedy, Marshall Project, Simmons, Roper, Steinberg, Laurence Steinberg, Anthony Kennedy, American Psychological Association

Senate Confirms Nominee To Ninth Circuit With Awful Gun Rights Record

The Washington Free Beacon: “He was an aggressive advocate, as attorney general, for gay marriage. He was an aggressive advocate demonstrating hostility to the First Amendment and political speech,” Cruz said in a committee meeting on Thursday. “Most significantly, he has been an aggressive advocate for undermining the Second Amendment.” Cruz said he was particularly concerned by Bennett’s involvement with arguing that the Second Amendment was only intended to protect state militias from feder...
Tags: California, Senate, Military, Gun Control, Cruz, Trump, Bennett, McDonald, Ninth Circuit, Heller, D C the Supreme Court, Chicago the Court

Parkland Victims Sue Smith & Wesson

Sun Sentinel: The families of two victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting on Wednesday sued the maker and seller of the weapon used in the rampage, claiming they should be held partially responsible for what Nikolas Cruz did with it. The parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Alex Schachter want a judge to clear the way for them to claim damages against American Outdoor Brands, formerly known as Smith & Wesson, and Sunrise Tactical Supply. The Coral Springs store is where Cruz purchased the AR...
Tags: Florida, Bloomberg, Military, Gun Control, Cruz, Smith Wesson, Sue Smith, Fred, Wesson, Coral Springs, Schachter, American Outdoor Brands, Broward Circuit Court, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Nikolas Cruz, Jaime Guttenberg

In shadow of Parkland, a notable discussion with victim families about capital prosecutions in Florida

This local article from Florida, headlined "For victims' families, no easy answer on whether the ordeal of a death penalty case is worth it," take a thoughtful look at what a death penalty prosecution can mean for the families of murder victims. I recommend the piece in full, and here are excerpts: The parents of the murdered students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been asked — directly by prosecutors, indirectly by defense lawyers, and while talking amongst themselves — whether t...
Tags: Florida, Law, Office, Cruz, Nickelodeon, Crowley, Bowie, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Jaime, Happ, Guttenberg, Citrus County, Douglas A Berman, Finkelstein, Howard Finkelstein, Pembroke Park

Trump’s 9th Circuit Nominee Faces Opposition Over Gun Rights Issues

The Washington Free Beacon: President Donald Trump’s nominee for a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has garnered the disapproval of some Republican senators for his record on First and Second Amendment issues. Former Republican attorney general of Hawaii Mark Bennett saw senators Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) and Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) break with the rest of the Judicial Committee and vote against his nomination last week. The senators said their decision was driven by a pair of amicus briefs ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Military, Hawaii, Citizens United, Gun Control, Donald Trump, Bennet, Cruz, Trump, Bennett, FEC, Washington Free Beacon, Heller, Mark Bennett, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sasse

Democrats Praise Trump’s Anti-Gun Nominee For 9th Circuit

The Washington Times: Reversing the usual script, Democrats praised one of President Trump’s federal appeals court nominees Wednesday while Republicans brought the tough questions for Mark Jeremy Bennett over his defense of gun control laws and free speech rights. Mr. Bennett, a former Hawaii attorney general now nominated to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, had backed a limited interpretation of Second Amendment rights that was overturned by the Supreme Court. Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republi...
Tags: Supreme Court, Cdc, Washington, Senate, Military, Hawaii, Gun Control, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Bennett, 9th U S Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, David Codrea, Alliance for Justice

"First of all, if you are a minority and support Trump, there is something wrong with you."

"Secondly, why do people think that 'free speech' entitles them to use free services such as twitter, FB, or YouTube however they like? It doesn't. You want free speech, go start your own website."The second-highest-rated comment "Facebook told two women their pro-Trump videos were ‘unsafe’" at WaPo. The 2 women are Diamond and Silk.ADDED: From Zuckerberg's testimony yesterday (via The Federalist, via Instapundit)(boldface added):Ted Cruz: There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply ...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Glenn Beck, Censorship, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Gizmodo, Free Speech, Cruz, Zuckerberg, Trump, WaPo, MoveOn, Instapundit

US District Judge concludes Miller applies to 18-year-old murderer to find his mandatory LWOP sentence violates the Eighth Amendment

I just saw this fascinating federal ruling handed down yesterday by US District Judge Janet C. Hall, the Chief Judge of the US District Court for the District of Connecticut, in Cruz v. US, No. 11-CV-787 (D. Conn. March 29, 2018) (available here). The ruling runs 50+ pages, so I will need to read it carefully before opining about it at length. But these excerpts from the start art end of the opinion should reveal why it is worth attention: Cruz turned 18 on December 25, 1993. On May 14, 1994, w...
Tags: Law, Court, US, United States, Cruz, Miller, Diaz, Second Circuit, Tyler White, Douglas A Berman, Latin Kings, Antuna, Janet C Hall, US District Court for the District of Connecticut, Alexis Antuna, Richard Morales

Morning Docket: 03.14.18

* Ever since Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit, who had been accused of sexual harassment by 15 women, retired, a working group within the federal judiciary has been trying to come up with reforms to be made as far as sexual harassment is concerned. Thus far, they've come up with about 20 reforms, and Chief Justice John Roberts is confident the group's work will "ensure an exemplary workplace for every court employee." [National Law Journal] * Time's up, UK: The Solicitors Regulation Aut...
Tags: Florida, UK, England, Law, Wales, Pennsylvania, Federal Judges, Usa Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sexual Harassment, School Shootings, Cruz, John Roberts, Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit, United Kingdom / Great Britain

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