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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 
6 days ago by joeybaker
New York Convicted a White Supremacist as a Terrorist for the First Time, and it’s Exactly What 2019 Needs
New York State just called out white supremacy for what it is – terrorism. In 2017, then-28-year old James Harris Jackson traveled to New York and prowled the streets for several days in search of black victims to “start a race war.” To further Jackson’s violent agenda, he fatally stabbed Timothy Caughman with a sword.
racism  judicialStupidity  judicialIncompetence  theTerrorismExcuse  win 
18 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
New York state judge rejects Trump claim that he can't be sued because he's president
In her ruling Friday, Justice Saliann Scarpulla shot down an argument from the Trump family’s attorneys that the case should be dismissed because the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution suggests “a sitting president may not be sued.”
trumpAuthoritarianism  judicialStupidity  judicialIncompetence  win 
12 weeks ago by joeybaker
Outrage after girl's thong used as evidence of consent in Irish rape trial
27-year-old man reportedly acquitted of rape after lawyers showed victim’s underwear in court, prompting #ThisIsNotConsent protest in streets and online
sexism  judicialStupidity 
november 2018 by joeybaker
Federal judges order Ohio to allow purged voters back in
A divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel granted an emergency motion sought by voting-rights groups.
voterSuppression  judicalImpotence  judicialStupidity  win 
november 2018 by joeybaker
Judge: No rejecting mail ballots due to signature mismatch
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials must stop rejecting absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications because of a mismatched signature without first giving voters a chance to fix the problem, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Leigh May ordered the secretary of state’s office to instruct county election officials to stop the practice for the November midterm elections. She outlined a procedure to allow voters to resolve alleged signature discrepancies. Two lawsuits filed earlier this month allege that election officials are improperly rejecting absentee ballots and applications in violation of their constitutional rights.
voterSuppression  win  judicialStupidity  judicialImpotence 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Analyst Who Accidentally Leaked NSA Software Given Five More Years In Prison Than General Who Handed Classified Info To His Mistress
An NSA employee will be headed to prison for inadvertently exposing the agency’s malware stash. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, of Ellicott City, Maryland, and a naturalized U.S. citizen originally of Vietnam, was sentenced today to 66 months in prison...
judicialStupidity  oligarchy 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Judge: Democrats in Congress can sue Trump over emoluments
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal district judge in Washington ruled Friday that a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives have legal standing to sue President Donal
judicialStupidity  win  trumpCorruption 
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
IP Address is Not Enough to Identify Pirate, US Court of Appeals Rules
The owner of an adult foster care home who operated an open WiFi network has booked a big win against a copyright troll. Thomas Gonzales was accused of downloading the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler but won $17k last year after being wrongfully targeted. The case went to appeal and in a ruling handed down yesterday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gonzales emerged victorious again.
intellectualProperty  judicialStupidity  governmentIncompetence  surveillanceState  win 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Trump-appointed judge upholds special counsel Mueller's authority
A federal district judge who was appointed by President Donald Trump has upheld Robert Mueller’s appointment and constitutional authority in the special counsel’s case against Russian social media propagandists.
trumpAristocracy  judicialStupidity  judicialIncompetence  trumpAuthoritarianism  win 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Trump's Supreme Court nominee argued presidents should be shielded from all criminal probes — even questioning
Brett Kavanaugh believes in a strong executive and has questioned whether a president can be subjected to a criminal investigation.
authoritarianism  endOfTheUSEmpire  judicialStupidity 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over t
judicialStupidity  authoritarianism  trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpAristocracy 
july 2018 by joeybaker
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