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The court after COVID: A recipe for oral argument reform

The Supreme Court has not yet announced whether it will return to normal operations when the 2021-22 term begins in October. This article is the first entry in a symposium about how the coronavirus pandemic changed the court — and which of those changes are worth keeping. Steven V. Mazie covers the Supreme Court for The Economist and is professor of political studies at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. His most recent book is “American Justice 2015: The Dramatic Tenth Term of the Ro...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obamacare, California, Joe Biden, Manhattan, Economist, Sonia Sotomayor, Lyle Denniston, John Roberts, Capitol, Roberts, Roberts Court, Denniston


Biden Pushes for Long COVID Sufferers to Be Protected by Law

By Trevor HunnicuttWASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden said Monday the White House is pushing for people with long-term symptoms of COVID-19...
Tags: Law, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Reuters, Trevor HunnicuttWASHINGTON


Reviewing Biden Administration's uninspired criminal justice reform efforts

Law360 has this lengthy new article, headlined "Advocates Frustrated By Biden's Silence On Justice Reform," that provides a lengthy review of various criminal justice reform efforts to date by the Biden Administration.  As the headline suggests, advocates are so far underwhelmed.  Here are excerpts from a piece worth reading in full: One of President Joe Biden's most powerful tools for advancing criminal justice reform is his voice and yet, despite his campaign promises, he has been mostly sile...
Tags: Law, Congress, Joe Biden, Republican, Biden, Law360, American Civil Liberties Union, Udi Ofer, USSC, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Ofer, Biden Administration, Jacinta Gau, University of Central Florida Rumblings, US Sentencing Commission Of


A Senate panel just took a step closer to requiring women to register for the US military draft

Female soldiers from the US Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division training on a firing range in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on September 18, 2012. Mark Humphrey/AP Photos A Senate panel included the requirement that women register for the draft in its annual defense policy bill. Changes to the draft law have been debated since restrictions on military service for women were lifted. Last year, a congressionally-mandated commission argued in favor of amending the law. See m...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, Politico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Military, House, Vietnam, US Army, US supreme court, Sonia Sotomayor, Senate Armed Services Committee, National Coalition


Giant inflatable rats used by labor unions are constitutionally protected free speech, labor board rules

"Scabby the Rat" is a fixture at labor disputes, first deployed in 1990 by a union in Chicago. Juana Arias/The Washington Post "Scabby the Rat" was first used by labor unions in 1990. The inflatable rat ranges in size from 12 feet to 25 feet. The Trump administration had argued its "red eyes, fangs, and claws" constituted an illegal threat. See more stories on Insider's business page. Labor unions have a constitutionally protected right to protest using giant inflatable rodents, a fede...
Tags: News, Law, Unions, Labor, Trends, Joe Biden, Chicago, United States, Aclu, Illinois, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Free Speech, First Amendment, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb


"Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned the GOP on Wednesday by vetoing two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's choices for a select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack..."

"... a move all but guaranteed to spark a Republican boycott of the probe. Pelosi rejected Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who was tapped to serve as ranking member, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both of whom voted to challenge certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral wins earlier this year. Her decision sent shock waves through the House and is likely to galvanize House Republicans against any participation in the investigation.... McCarthy issued a scorching reply that made clear he would ya...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Ohio, Jordan, Nancy Pelosi, Mccarthy, Jim Jordan, Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Ann Althouse, Jim Banks R Ind, the Trump resistance


Term limits emerge as popular proposal at latest meeting of court-reform commission

The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court reconvened on Tuesday to hear from a new set of experts on various ideas for Supreme Court reform. Like the last meeting, various legal experts testified and answered questions from commissioners in a series of panels spread throughout the day. President Joe Biden appointed the 36-member commission to write a report on various court-reform options. The key topics included the confirmation process, term limits, transparency and disclosure, expandi...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, White House, Court, Joe Biden, University Of Chicago, Jackson, Biden, Harvard Law School, Strauss, Latham Watkins, Mayer Brown, Brennan Center for Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts


Leading Democrats oppose Biden plan to end house arrest and potentially return inmates to prison after the pandemic

Prisoners stand outside the federal correctional institution in Englewood, Colo. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Since March 2020, more than 28,000 people have been released from federal prison due to COVID-19. Those released were assessed to face severe health risks if they contracted the coronavirus. Those released currently have to return to prison a month after the pandemic formally ends. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two leading Senate Democrats are urging the White House...
Tags: Politics, News, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, New Jersey, Department Of Justice, Biden, Illinois, Criminal Justice, Charles Davis, Booker


First Jan 6 rioter to be sentenced on felony charges gets (below-guideline) sentence of eight months in federal prison

As noted in this preview post on Friday, this morning was the scheduled sentencing day for Paul Allard Hodgkins, who carried a Trump flag into the well of the Senate during the January 6 riot at the Capitol.  Hodgkins' sentencing has been seen as particularly significant because he is the very first person to be sentenced on felony charges stemming from his actions on January 6 — one misdemeanor defendant has been sentenced to probation — and because Hodgkins' sentencing memo and the Government'...
Tags: Florida, Law, Washington, Senate, Joe Biden, Indiana, Ap, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Tampa, Trump, U S Senate, Capitol, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hodgkins, Douglas A Berman


I'm skeptical of this CNN headline: "Half of the US believes a deadly conspiracy theory."

This is labeled "Analysis by Harry Enten." Now, let's get a close look. I'll put to the side for now the question what makes a theory deadly. You don't die just from believing something. Presumably, people who believe something might do something that could kill themselves or others. Let's see what this theory is:The two most monumental events of the last year in the US were the election of Joe Biden to the presidency and the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines. Yet there are those who falsely bel...
Tags: Death, Headlines, Voting, Law, US, Joe Biden, Biden, Don, Monmouth University, Ann Althouse, Harry Enten, Entin, Coronavirus, the Trump resistance


Trump says Gen. Mark Milley should be 'court-martialed' if he thought the former president potentially sought a coup

Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, US President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House on October 7, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS Trump said that Gen. Mark Milley should be "court-martialed" if the reports are true that he feared a potential coup. "There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened," the former president said. Milley has been the chairman of Joint Chief...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Washington Post, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Military, Washington Dc, Cia, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Trump


'This is really f---ed up down here': GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan called Mark Milley during the Jan. 6 riot and spoke against a tentative plan to evacuate senators, book says

Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska. Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP Sullivan told Milley on Jan. 6 that a tentative plan to move senators by bus could present danger. Senators had already been rushed to a secure location within the Capitol after the riot broke out. Pelosi and Schumer later got on a call with Pentagon leaders to express alarm at the response. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. After Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska surveyed the harrowing scene at the Capitol dur...
Tags: Politics, New York, Congress, California, Washington Post, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Gop, Alaska, House, Pentagon, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Miller


Arizona Democrats call for investigation after report that Trump, Giuliani pressured state elections officials

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Phone records show that ex-President Trump and his allies pressured Arizona elections officials. "We need you to stop the counting," Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward told an official in Maricopa County. President Joe Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes. See more storie...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Washington, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, New York Times, Arizona, US Senate, Republican, Biden, Giuliani, Donald Trump


"Historically, Wikipedia has been written and monitored by a community of volunteers who collaborated and contested competing claims with one another."

"In the words of Wikipedia’s co-founder, Larry Sanger who spoke to Freddie Sayers on LockdownTV, these volunteers would 'battle it out.' This battle of ideas on Wikipedia’s platform formed a crucial part of the encyclopaedia’s commitment to neutrality, which according to Sanger, was abandoned after 2009. In the years since, on issues ranging from Covid to Joe Biden, it has become increasingly partisan, primarily espousing an establishment viewpoint that increasingly represents 'propaganda.' Thi...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Joe Biden, Propaganda, Sanger, Larry Sanger, Ann Althouse, COVID, Freddie Sayers


Federal prison population starting to grow again as we approach six months into Biden Administration

The day after Joe Biden was inaugurated, I authored this post posing this question in the title: "Anyone bold enough to make predictions about the federal prison population — which is now at 151,646 according to BOP?".  That post highlighted notable realities about the the federal prison population (based on BOP data) during recent presidencies: during Prez Obama's first term in office, the federal prison population (surprisingly?) increased about 8%, climbing from 201,668 at the end of 2008 to ...
Tags: Law, Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, Doj, Prez Obama, AG, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Biden Administration


"Public opinion suggests there’s widespread bipartisan support for liberalizing cannabis laws, but that shift hasn’t translated to the Senate..."

"Schumer has several reluctant members within his own caucus and will have to scrounge up at least 10 Republican votes for the legislation during an already chaotic Senate calendar filled with Biden administration priorities on infrastructure, police accountability and education. Schumer would also need to corner President Joe Biden — who has supported decriminalizing marijuana but not legalizing it — to sign the bill.... The discussion draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act in...
Tags: Law, Senate, Marijuana, Joe Biden, Biden, Federal, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Ann Althouse, Federalism


The GOP's top lawyer said Rudy Giuliani's 2020 election lawsuits were 'a joke' and 'are getting laughed out of court'

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, left, listens to Sidney Powell, both lawyers for President Donald Trump, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin An email The Washington Post obtained shows division within the GOP over the 2020 election. The Republican National Committee's top lawyer criticized lawsuits disputing the election results. Rudy Giuliani retaliated by trying to have th...
Tags: Post, Politics, New York, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Michigan, Biden, Election, Rudy, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Charles Davis


Biden’s Latest Executive Order Aims To Boost Healthcare Competition

President Joe Biden's new executive order aimed at reducing anti-competitive behavior across industries includes directing federal agencies to revise guidelines for hospital mergers, enable people to comparison shop health plans on the ACA marketplaces, and work with states to import drugs from Canada.
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket


Let's read the full text of Trump's CPAC speech.

Here's the transcript of yesterday's speech. I'll just give you some highlights — things that jumped out at me as I read it, seeing things for the first time (that is, I didn't watch the speech):For generations, the American conservative union has helped lead the charge to defend our values, protect our country, and preserve our glorious American heritage. You see they’re taking our heritage away.... In a matter of mere months, Joe Biden has brought our country to the brink of ruin.... Now the B...
Tags: Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Senate, White House, China, Russia, New York City, America, Joe Biden, House, Silicon Valley, Republican Party, Biden, Trump, Facebook Twitter


Lots more notable weekend reading

Before the long holiday weekend, I flagged in this post (too) many stories and commentaries worth a read.  A subsequent work week and weekend, though shorter, still produced another long list of pieces criminal justice fans might want to check out: From The Hill, "Biden under pressure to pick new breed of federal prosecutors" From National Review, "Prison Reform Takes Center Stage at CPAC" From the New York Times, "How Should We Do Drugs Now?" From the New York Times, "The Real Toll From Prison ...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, New York Times, CPAC, Douglas A Berman, Hill Biden


"On Thursday President Joe Biden spoke in defense of his ill-considered, hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, in remarks peopled with straw men and littered with false assertions."

Writes Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst and author of "The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden."  First, Biden contended that he was bound by a 2020 Trump administration agreement with the Taliban to withdraw all US troops by May 2021. But that was an agreement conducted by a previous administration -- so it's not binding -- and it was predicated on [a number of conditions that haven't been met].... [T]he Trump administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, while Biden is now hon...
Tags: South Korea, Law, China, US, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Biden, Trump, Zalmay Khalilzad, Peter Bergen, Ann Althouse, Khalilzad, Biden rhetoric


Joe Biden Tweets Zero Times About It As Stock Market Notches 33 Record Highs In First Half Of 2021

Joe Biden has a Twitter account. Unlike his predecessor, however, he doesn’t seem to dedicate his life to it.
Tags: Twitter, Law, Finance, Joe Biden, Stock Market, Donald Trump, Jonathan Wolf, ATL Finance, Finance Docket


Here's one of those headlines where it's hard to tell the nouns from the verbs and the illusion of something that's not there — dogs — is completely distracting.

Here, at Politico: "Virus lab leak theory dogs Democrats eager to keep focus on Trump's Covid failings."I might be interested in this topic, but I'm distracted by "theory dogs." Theory dogs — it could be a comic strip I'd like to read. What are the theory dogs thinking about today? And how about that one dog, the so-called "virus lab"? It's such a jumble of words to sort out at the beginning — Virus lab leak theory dogs. Does that Lab need to go out to take a leak?Yes, I know covid is serious, w...
Tags: Headlines, Law, Dogs, China, Joe Biden, Democrats, Bad Science, Trump, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Coronavirus


The interpreters who say they have been left for dead in Afghanistan as U.S. and U.K. troops pull out after 20-year war

A U.S. soldier walks with the unit's Afghan interpreter in Laghman province in 2014. Lucas Jackson/Reuters Thousands of Afghans signed on to work with U.S. forces during the 20-year war, including many who risked their lives and being branded as traitors. As the U.S. withdraws the last of its troops, thousands of Afghan interpreters say they fear for their lives. Some war-time interpreters say they have been blocked from seeking asylum even though they face reprisals from the Taliban. ...
Tags: UK, News, Australia, Osama Bin Laden, Iraq, Time, Asylum, Immigration, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Syria, War, Afghanistan, Military, Taliban


In Barrett’s first term, conservative majority is dominant but divided

At the conclusion of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first term, the Supreme Court’s six-justice conservative majority is grappling with its newfound control. A split developing among its members is complicating the conservative revolution some predicted after Barrett’s confirmation last October. But with no anticipation of a Republican-appointed justice retiring anytime soon, and a blockbuster docket next term featuring clashes over abortion and gun rights, the contours of the court’s rightward sh...
Tags: New York, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, California, Joe Biden, Harvard, Philadelphia, Smith, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, Democratic, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts


There are more ways to cancel your student debt than you might think. Here are your options

A sign is displayed in front of The White House on June 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images The vast majority of student loan borrowers who file for bankruptcy don't seek to have their educational loans discharged. But of those that do, around 60% won some relief. While additional avenues exist, they can be very difficult to take advantage of in practice. Borrowers with permanent disabilities and borrowers who work in public-sector fields such as military service, la...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, Law, Congress, Navy, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Poverty, Economy, Biden, Smith, Social Security Administration, Irs


Biden wants military commanders out of the process for investigating sexual assault cases

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event to tout the plan at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 31, 2021. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Joe Biden wants to pull military commanders from the process of investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases.The move would be a major change in how the military handles sexual crimes, which currently fall under the normal chain of command. An independent c...
Tags: Politics, News, Sexual Assault, Congress, Trends, Joe Biden, Military, New York Times, Biden, Reuters, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Jonathan Ernst, Military & Defense, Defense Lloyd Austin, Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center, Paul Squire


Juror Hit With 'Extreme' Fine After Googling Suspected White Supremacist Badge on ICE Officer's Uniform

Word of warning: A simple Google search in defiance of a judge’s order can result in huge fines, one juror learned that the hard way recently when he tried to alert his fellow jurists that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer involved in an assault case may actually a white supremacist.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Law, Government, Jury, Articles, Joe Biden, Contempt Of Court, Alison Frankel, Customs Enforcement, John Browning, Ruiz, Quesada, Spencer Fane, Robert Kugler, Law Crime


When might we expect appointments to a new — a truly new — US Sentencing Commission?

As the calendar turns to July, it seems a good time to express my frustration that we are now nearly six months into the Biden Administration and there has not yet been any nominations to the US Sentencing Commission.  As I have noted in a number of prior posts (some linked below), due to a lack of Sentencing Commissioners, the USSC has been only somewhat functional for only a small portion of the last five years, and the USSC has not had complete set of commissioners firmly in place for the bet...
Tags: Law, Congress, Massachusetts, US, Joe Biden, Harvard, Circuit, Biden, Justice Department, St Paul Minnesota, Osler, University of St Thomas, USSC, Nancy Gertner, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission


Depression and mass detention: What's happening with asylum-seeking children being held at Fort Bliss

FILE PHOTO: Activists defending the rights of migrants hold a protest near Fort Bliss to call for the end of the detention of unaccompanied minors at the facility in El Paso, Texas, U.S, June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, is being used to hold hundreds of child asylum-seekers. Detainees have complained of inhumane conditions. The ACLU's Shaw Drake told Insider he saw hundreds of kids sleeping under the same tent. See more stories on Insider's bus...
Tags: Texas, Law, Immigration, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Aclu, Drake, Biden, Charles Davis, Border Patrol, Trump, HHS, Department of Health and Human Services, El Paso Texas, Fort Bliss



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