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SCOTUS Ignores First Amendment, Allows Alabama to Force Muslim Man to Have Protestant Chaplain at Execution
Late Thursday night, five justices of the United States Supreme Court made a decision that was in equal parts lazy and cowardly. SCOTUS faced a last-minute appeal from an Alabama death row inmate; that appeal wasn’t about the unfairness of death penalty generally, or about the inmate’s innocence, or even about clemency. It was about the inmate’s request to have a religious figure of his choosing by his side during his execution – and about Alabama’s insistence that only religious figures of its choosing would be permitted, even if that meant a Muslim man’s execution would be presided over by a Protestant chaplain.
prisonSystemAbuse  religion  judicialStupidity  judicialOverreach 
9 days ago by joeybaker
Fifth Circuit Says Apple Can't Be Held Liable For A Car Crash Caused By Someone Reading Text Messages
Seeking to hold tech companies responsible for the actions of their customers and users is a national federal court tradition. Law firms like *checks notes* 1-800-LAW-FIRM and Excolo Law have made a cottage industry of this, scoring dismissal after...
judicialStupidity  win  judicialOverreach 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Public outrage over a death penalty handed to a 29-year-old man is spurring Malaysia to start talks to legalise marijuana for medical use, racing to become the first Asian country to do so.
KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) - Public outrage over a death penalty handed to a 29-year-old man is spurring Malaysia to start talks to legalise marijuana for medical use, racing to become the first Asian country to do so.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
popularUnrest  judicialOverreach  drugProhibition  win  popularism 
september 2018 by joeybaker
Indiana Appeals Court Says Forcing Someone To Unlock Their Phone Violates The 5th Amendment
Passwords and PINs still beat fingerprints when it comes to the Fifth Amendment. But just barely. Nothing about the issue is settled, but far more cases have been handed down declaring fingerprints to be non-testimonial. Fingerprints are obtained...
surveillanceState  judicialStupidity  judicialOverreach  authoritarianism  win 
august 2018 by joeybaker
A Russian court sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in jail on Monday after convicting him of breaking public protest laws, a move that will prevent him from leading a planned anti-government rally against pension reform next month.
A Russian court sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in jail on Monday after convicting him of breaking public protest laws, a move he said was illegal and aimed at stopping him leading a rally against pension reform next month.
authoritarianism  censorship  judicialOverreach 
august 2018 by joeybaker
ICE Modified Its 'Risk Assessment' Software So It Automatically Recommends Detention
A recent software change to an ICE tool that automatically recommends detention of immigrants with little to no criminal history.
immigration  governmentLies  governmentOverreach  policeLies  judicialOverreach 
june 2018 by joeybaker
Black Defendants Get Longer Sentences From Republican-Appointed Judges, Study Finds
The study, from two professors at Harvard Law School, also found that women fared better before Republican appointees than Democratic ones.
casteingTheLowerClass  judicialOverreach  prisonSystemAbuse  racism 
may 2018 by joeybaker
The Colombian government has been ordered to take urgent action to protect the Amazon rainforest by its own supreme court. In a historic ruling, the country's most senior judges said the state had not done enough to tackle the destruction of the environme
The Colombian government has been ordered to take urgent action to protect the Amazon rainforest by its own supreme court. In a historic ruling, the country’s most senior judges said the state had not done enough to tackle the destruction of the environment. The court recognised the Amazon as an “entity subject of rights” - meaning it has the same legal rights as a human being - and ordered action plans to be drawn up within four months.
judicialOverreach  climateChange  win 
april 2018 by joeybaker
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