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Monday round-up

This morning the court begins the second week of the March sitting with two oral arguments. First up is PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc., which asks whether the Hobbs Act, a jurisdictional-channeling statute, requires courts to accept the Federal Communications Commission’s interpretation of a statute allowing recipients of “junk faxes” to sue the senders for damages. Christopher Walker previewed the case for this blog. Luís Lozada and Isaac Syed have a preview at Cornell L...
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Argument analysis: Justices seem receptive to inmate’s juror-discrimination claims

The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the case of an African-American death-row inmate in Mississippi who was convicted by a jury that included just one African-American juror. The inmate, Curtis Flowers, argues that the jury selection in his case violates the Constitution – especially because the lead prosecutor had a long history of eliminating potential African-American jurors from the jury pool. After nearly an hour of oral argument that included the first questions by Justice C...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Davis, Evans, Johnson, Flowers, John Roberts, Roberts, Howe, Alito, Mississippi Supreme Court, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer


Racism in Jury Selection Is Real. Can the Supreme Court Put an End to It?

The ordeal of death-row inmate Curtis Flowers will yet again test the court’s commitment to equal justice under law.
Tags: Jury System, Discrimination, Race and Ethnicity, Flowers, Curtis, Supreme Court (US, Evans, Doug (Attorney, Thomas, Clarence, Mississippi


Thursday round-up

Mark Walsh has a first-hand look at yesterday’s argument in Flowers v. Mississippi, which asks whether a prosecutor’s repeated use of peremptory challenges to remove black people from the jury pool violated the Constitution, for this blog. At NPR, Nina Totenberg reports that the court “signaled strongly … that it is likely to rule for a death row inmate in Mississippi who was prosecuted six times for the same crime by a prosecutor with a history of racial bias in jury selection.” At The National...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, America, Bloomberg, Indiana, Kansas, Npr, Nielsen, Flowers, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Economist, Round-up, Frank, Garcia


Amazing Australian Native Wedding Bouquets

When it comes to bouquets, few blooms are more popular than Australian natives. We know, we know, there is much conjecture about what flowers are truly Australian. But today, we’re working with the general consensus, the kind of bloom the average Joe asks for when they mean Australian “natives” – Proteas, Banksias, flannel flowers, bottle brushes, Waratahs and even flowering gum. The beauty of Australian natives is in their tones and textures. They’re rich with earthy hues and artistic in their ...
Tags: Wedding, Flowers, Joe, Bride, The Bouquet Issue


Clarence Thomas Breaks a Three-Year Silence at Supreme Court

Justice Thomas asked questions in the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for murder. The court will decide whether jury selection was marred by racial discrimination.
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Discrimination, Flowers, Thomas, Curtis, Clarence, Clarence Thomas, Race and Ethnicity, Supreme Court (US, Washington (DC, Jury System, Curtis Flowers


Top US court troubled by case of black man tried six times

Flowers, 48, was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to death for the July 1996 murders of four people in a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, where he had briefly worked until being fired. Flowers was tried five separate times for the crime before his 2010 conviction and has spent nearly half his life behind bars. The Supreme Court is not examining the guilt or innocence of Flowers but whether the district attorney deliberately sought to keep black people off the jury in his most recent tria...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, US, Flowers, Winona Mississippi


A “view” from the courtroom: Trials of Mississippi

Today will bring an intense hour of argument about race in jury selection in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times by the same prosecutor, which will culminate in a series of short questions by Justice Clarence Thomas, his first during oral argument in three years. But first, there are a couple of lighter moments. Justice Thomas questions petitioner’s lawyer in Flowers v. Mississippi (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts announces that Justice Stephen Breyer has the co...
Tags: Google, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Kentucky, Walmart, United States, New Jersey, Davis, Manhattan, Evans, Nielsen, Johnson, Flowers


Clarence Thomas Speaks Up At SCOTUS Arguments For First Time In 3 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas is asking his first questions at Supreme Court arguments in more than three years. Arguments were almost over Wednesday in a case about racial discrimination in the South when the court’s only African-American member and lone Southerner piped up. The case involves a black Mississippi death row inmate who’s been tried six times for murder and a white prosecutor with a history of using jury strikes to exclude African-Americans. Thomas wanted to know if t...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Scotus, Washington, Georgia, Ap, Flowers, South, Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Summer Concepcion, Curtis Flowers, AP story, Sheri Lynn Johnson


Mississippi death row inmate, after six trials, claims race discrimination

Curtis Flowers, an African-American man on death row, was tried five times for the 1996 murder of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi. But it was only in 2010, after his sixth trial, that a conviction stuck and Flowers was sentenced to death.
Tags: Mississippi, Cnn, Flowers, Winona Mississippi, Curtis Flowers


Rounding-up some news and commentary as SCOTUS hears argument on latest round of capital insanity

Albert Einstein is generally credited with the aphorism that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." That quote came to mind as I was thinking about the Supreme Court's consideration this morning of a Batson claim in Flowers v. Mississippi. Here is a brief accounting of just some of the backstory of this case (with emphasis added) from this SCOTUSblog post when cert was granted: [T]he justices will once again review the case of ...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Atlantic, Albert Einstein, Evans, Flowers, US supreme court, Mississippi Supreme Court, Doug Evans, Douglas A Berman, Batson, Curtis Flowers, Winona Mississippi Flowers, Mississippi Here


Wednesday round-up

The justices will hear argument in one case this morning: Flowers v. Mississippi, which asks whether a prosecutor’s repeated use of peremptory challenges to remove black people from the jury pool violated the Constitution. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog, in a post that was first published at Howe on the Court. Cecilia Bruni and Brady Plastaras have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. At AP, Jeff Amy and Mark Sherman report that “[t]he state, defending the co...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Oregon, Court, America, Georgia, Bloomberg, Ap, Atlantic, United States, Hawaii, Liberty, New York Times


Tuesday round-up

Today the justices will hear oral argument in Cochise Consultancy v. United States, ex rel. Hunt, which asks whether the “discovery” exception to False Claims Act statute of limitations applies to private parties in cases in which the government has not intervened. David Engstrom had this blog’s preview. Lauren Devendorf and Tyler Schmitt preview the case at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Subscript Law provides a graphic explainer. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Court, Bloomberg, Atlantic, Gop, United States, New York Times, Kansas, Beltway, Louisiana, Usa Today, Flowers


Supreme Court To Hear Case On Racial Bias In Jury Selection

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22 years, even as prosecutors couldn’t get a murder conviction against him to stick through five trials. Three convictions were tossed out, and two other juries couldn’t reach unanimous verdicts. This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether his conviction and death sentence in a sixth trial should stand or be overturned for a familiar reason: because prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury. The ju...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Kentucky, Georgia, Ap, Davis, Evans, Jackson, Flowers, Racial Profiling, U S Supreme Court, Mississippi Supreme Court, Jason Davis, Jim Hood, Doug Evans


Giants draft bust Ereck Flowers gets a second chance with division rival

Former New York Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers might go from hurting the Giants in 2018 to helping them in 2019. After getting cut last season, Flowers agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Washington Redskins on Monday. The 24-year-old Flowers will look to re-establish himself in Washington, D.C. Flowers hasn't lived up to expectations after being selected No. 9 overall by the Giants in the 2015 NFL draft.
Tags: News, Washington, NFL, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Flowers, Giants, Ereck Flowers


"'Poppy Apocalypse': Small California city overrun by thousands of tourists declares 'public safety crisis.'"

WaPo reports.Officials in Lake Elsinore, Calif., located just over an hour southeast of Los Angeles, announced Sunday that they had closed off access to their famed California golden poppy fields after “Disneyland size crowds” inundated the city of about 66,000 over the weekend, straining resources and creating a “public safety crisis.”"This weekend has been unbearable,” the city said in Sunday’s announcement, which was shared across social media platforms. “We will evaluate all options next wee...
Tags: Travel, Law, California, Poetry, Los Angeles, Disneyland, William Blake, Flowers, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Lake Elsinore Calif, Wild Flower Hold Infinity


Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court begins its March sitting with two oral arguments. The first case is Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, an appeal by Republican legislators of a lower-court ruling that requires 11 state legislative districts to be redrawn to correct racial gerrymandering. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview, which was first published at Howe on the Court. Amanda Wong and Jared Ham preview the case at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, and Subscript Law has a g...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, America, Bloomberg, House, New York Times, Npr, Louisiana, North Carolina, Flowers, Smith, The Washington Post, Cornell


This week at the court

The Supreme Court will release orders from the March 15 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m.; John Elwood’s Relist Watch compiles the petitions that likely were relisted for this conference. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday, the justices hear oral argument in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill and Smith v. Berryhill. On Tuesday, the justices hear oral argument in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt. On Wednesday, the justices hear o...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Flowers, Smith, This Week at the Court, John Elwood, Virginia House of Delegates, Bethune Hill, Berryhill, Cochise Consultancy Inc


March Mudness

As basketball fans anticipate March Madness, gardeners anticipate the mud season as a final mental toughness test for the time between late winter and early spring. March’s muddiness can be just another hoop to jump through to get to the brightness of springtime. With so much rain and snow through the fall and winter, this year is shaping up to be a grand mud season. It is easy now to see the importance of ground covers and mulches such as shredded leaves for these conditions because they sure l...
Tags: Gardening, Flowers, March, Gardens, Mud, What's Blooming, Springtime, Seasonal Change, Along the Garden Path


Friday round-up

Briefly: At (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports that “[a] gathering to celebrate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 86th birthday Friday afternoon won’t be an ordinary event”: “500 of her enthusiastic followers have decided to follow her lead of physical fitness by dropping to the ground and planking in front of the Supreme Court.” At Law.com, David Ogden weighs in on Flowers v. Mississippi, which asks whether a prosecutor’s repeated use of peremptory cha...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Flowers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Legion, Round-up, U S Supreme Court, Linda Greenhouse, Goldstein Russell, American Humanist Association, Tony Mauro, DAVID OGDEN, Batson


Argument preview: Justices to weigh allegations of racial discrimination in jury selection

During jury selection, some potential jurors can be removed “for cause” – that is, when a judge believes that a juror cannot be impartial in deciding the case. The lawyers trying the case also have a certain number of “peremptory strikes,” which allow them to reject jurors without providing a reason. However, the Supreme Court ruled in Batson v. Kentucky that prosecutors cannot use their peremptory strikes to remove prospective jurors from the jury pool based only on the jurors’ race. Next week ...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Evans, Flowers, Foster, U S Supreme Court, Howe, Mississippi Supreme Court, Chatman, Doug Evans, Merits Cases, Batson, Curtis Flowers


Millions of butterflies migrating

Seeing one butterfly is enough to make us giddy, so the swarms of millions of painted lady butterflies currently flying at speeds of 25 mph from southeastern California to the Pacific Northwest and Canada for the spring season are just blowing our minds. The painted ladies are cousins to the monarch butterfly, and are colored orange, white, and black. The population explosion this spring is due to the heavy rainfalls in the desert of northern Mexico and southeastern California and the flower ...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, Los Angeles, Canada, UC Davis, Flowers, Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles Times, All, Shapiro, Arthur Shapiro, Department of Evolution and Ecology


Artist Captures Beautiful Photos Of Flowers In Bloomy Neon

According to Claire Boscher: “These images are part of photographic research I did on the theme of colourful flowers for a collaboration with Huawei for wallpapers design. This project allowed me to continu my artistic research to find new aesthetic designs and colour palettes. Colourful lights are made with coloured filter.” Truly amazing! More: Claire Boscher... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Flowers, Huawei, Neon, Macro, Claire Boscher


Romantic Pastel Wedding Bouquets

  If there ever was a month that was downright food for the soul, it’s The Bouquet Issue. The endless blooms pulled together into individual looks never fails to inspire us and today, we’re rounding up romantic pastel wedding bouquets for all the lovers of soft, sorbet colours. No matter what your style, you can make pastel tones work for you. Combine them with gold and wild, organic shapes for a more modern look,  use structural blooms like orchids for something artsy, or for something pretty a...
Tags: Wedding, Flowers, Bride, The Bouquet Issue


Best flower fields in the US

The snow is melting, the terrible, frigid weather is retreating, and soon fields of colorful flowers will begin to pop up all over the US. At these 11 spots, you’ll find yourself lost among blooms in every color, shape, size, and texture; from fragrant lavender to bright orange California poppies to pastel tulips straight out of a Dutch storybook. Just remember the cardinal rule of floral tourism: no picking the flowers. Appreciate their beauty, but leave it for the next person to enjoy. 1. ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Florida, Texas, Colorado, California, Washington, US, Amsterdam, Flowers, All, Texas Hill Country, San Juan Islands, Meadows, Olympic Mountains, Antelope Valley


It's time for the Patriots to ante up for Trey Flowers

Such a bargain that the Patriots could still pay him that top-of-the-line, $16M/year deal and not kick themselves over not getting great "value." For a few more days, the Patriots have (presumably) exclusive access to Flowers and his agent Neil Cornrich. They can use it and lock Flowers up before he hits the market and things get stupid.
Tags: News, New England Patriots, Flowers, Patriots, Trey Flowers, Neil Cornrich


Let’s Talk About Flowers For Grooms

Woods & Bloom flowers. Image by Anita Elliston Photography Flowers are one of those checklist items on the wedding list that grooms leave to the brides, right? Wrong. It’s 2019 gang! You should be taking an interest in all aspects of your wedding! Ok, to be fair, I didn’t exactly lead the charge on the flowers at my own wedding, but I like to think that I offered my opinion. And when it came to the groomsmen’s flowers I was definitely across the details. Continue reading Let’s Talk About Flowers...
Tags: Wedding, Flowers, GROOM, Woods Bloom, The Bouquet Issue, Anita Elliston Photography Flowers


NFL rumors: Here's how much Patriots' Trey Flowers could earn in next contract

NFL rumors: Here's how much Patriots' Trey Flowers could earn in next contract originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers will be among the most sought after NFL free agents if he hits the open market, and signing him is expected to be very expensive. Flowers is in line for a huge raise with his first big contract, and Florida Sun-Sentinel NFL writer Omar Kelly reported Sunday the expected annual salary range of the Patriots star's n...
Tags: News, NFL, New England Patriots, Flowers, Omar Kelly, Trey Flowers, Florida Sun Sentinel NFL


Doan Ly’s Ethereal Still Lifes

Florist, photographer and founder of the studio a.p. bio, Doan Ly brings dreamy ideas to life using light, texture and beautiful, living things. She finds inspiration in what’s around her—pulling together plants, garments and materials to stage otherworldly images that are equal parts freakebana and art. Ly tells Sight Unseen, “I may see a fun shipment of melons on my way to the subway, for …
Tags: Photography, New York, Design, Interviews, Culture, Flowers, Linkaboutit, Ly, Ikebana, Doan Ly, Freakebana


12 amazing florists to follow on instagram

No better post for a Monday, right? The best floral designers, like Evelina Florence Flowers above, (giant coral peonies are just the beginning) beautifying our insta feed. We’ve already let you in on our favorite bouquet trends, and 2019 wedding do’s and don’ts, not to mention these spectacular floral installs. Let’s just say we’re very passionate about making sure you get it right. Or we just wanna spend our mornings fawning over unreal blooms. Either way. Our talented friend Felisa of @ofth...
Tags: UK, Wedding, Anna, Flowers, Tanya, Wedding Inspiration, Felisa, Tulipina, Evelina Florence Flowers