“The idea that the Constitution would in any way prohibit or not encourage the court to have basic rules of ethics that are just on their face reasonable ... It’s just not the case.”
How the BJP is using the Cauvery water dispute to try and pin down INDIA
The BJP has little presence in Tamil Nadu while Karnataka is the only state in the South it is a major player in.
Today in #Connecticut History, October 1: Toward a More Perfect Union
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In a sit-down conversation with ProPublica, Biden discusses Kevin McCarthy’s “terrible bargain,” the fear of change that drives threats to #democracy and the Supreme Court’s need for an #ethics policy.
Faith in the Supreme Court is down. Voters now say they want changes. A new survey shows three-in-four voters want the justices bound to an ethics code.
“But I do think at the end of the day, this court, which has been one of the most extreme courts … that they would sustain the rule of law.”
The comments came as part of a wide-ranging interview with ProPublica contributor John Harwood that will be published Sunday morning.
#SocialMedia #SupremeCourt #FreeSpeech #Censorship
The Supreme Court is going to decide if platforms are more like common carriers (railroad, telegraph, telephone) or publishers (newspaper). They could have added printshop and bakery to the list.
Will it be Roberts' "lethal-injection cocktail" or the outright barbarism of the the "search-and-destroy jurisprudence" of the hyper-corrupt duo Thomas and Alito? "Either way, all the liberal justices can do is offer a well-written obituary for the victims of conservative legal aggression."
And all brought to us by Leonard Leo and the Federalist Society and their hand-picked group of right-wing Catholics controlling the Supreme bench.
Elie Mystal on the upcoming Supreme Court term:
"This Supreme Court term will not be a debate between conservative and liberal legal viewpoints. (There are no liberal viewpoints that have any chance of prevailing in the face of the court’s conservative supermajority.) Instead, this term will be about which flavor of conservatism gets shoved down our throats."
Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito own shares in a combined 19 companies that could receive more than $30 billion in tax relief if the court issues a broad ruling in a major tax case
Oh Apple, what a sight,
Defending yourself in the fight
Against a ruling so dire
For opening the App Store's sire
We watch with baited breath and wait
In a wide-ranging video interview being published Sunday, the president also addressed broad threats to democracy, ethical concerns about the #SupremeCourt and more.
SCOTUS to decide if Florida and Texas social media laws violate 1st Amendment - Enlarge (credit: Pitiphothivichit | iStock / Getty Images Plus)
... - https://arstechnica.com/?p=1972299 #governmentcensorship #socialmediaplatform #contentmoderation #firstamendment #supremecourt #socialmedia #censorship #freespeech #facebook #twitter #policy #scotus #meta #x
Ars Technica: SCOTUS to decide if Florida and Texas social media laws violate 1st Amendment https://arstechnica.com/?p=1972299 #Tech #arstechnica #IT #Technology #governmentcensorship #socialmediaplatform #contentmoderation #FirstAmendment #SupremeCourt #socialmedia #censorship #freespeech #Facebook #Twitter #Policy #SCOTUS #meta #X
#LuisRobertoBarroso, a #liberal who has favored #legalizing #abortion and #criminalizing #homophobia in his 10 years on #Brazil's #SupremeCourt, became #chiefjustice on Thursday as the court's relations chilled with Congress over allegations of judicial overreach.
The #SupremeCourt said Friday it would wade into the future of #FreeSpeech #online & decide whether #laws passed in TX & FL can restrict social media companies from removing certain #political #posts or #accounts.
The Supreme Court on Friday announced it will hear two cases stemming from controversial laws in Texas and Florida regulating social media platforms’ content moderation decisions.
The laws aim to prohibit social media companies from banning users based on political views, even if users violate platform policies, essentially limiting companies from being able to enforce their own policies.
They have published the Long Conference cert grant, which fills the January and February calendars (along with many cases pending that probably won't fit in December sessions.)
And yes, I do research US judiciary even though I am a Japanese citizen, have no law degree, and is definitely not admitted to practice in US. Here's my analysis:
Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to State Laws on Social Media - The tech industry argues that laws in Florida and Texas, prompted by conservative complai... - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/29/us/supreme-court-social-media-first-amendment.html #firstamendment(usconstitution) #decisionsandverdicts #lawandlegislation #supremecourt(us) #netchoicellc #socialmedia #censorship #florida #texas
The laws aim to prohibit social media companies from banning users based on political views, even if users violate platform policies, essentially limiting companies from being able to enforce their own policies.”
We Don’t Talk About Leonard
A new #podcast from ProPublica and On the Media
The #conservative legal movement in the United States is more powerful than ever.
One largely unknown man has played a significant role in pushing the American judiciary to the right: Leonard Leo.
Epic Games has come begging for a plea
That Apple’s antitrust ruling must be reversed with glee
We'll wait with some fear
To see what the court will hear
Then decide if Apple’s in need of surgery
These #SupremeCourt Justices Have Personal #Investments in Companies That Could Reap Billions in Upcoming Ruling
The petition document clocks in at a brief 488 pages, if you'd like a quick read while you're in the bathroom.
hears arguments in six-week #abortionban case
Activist Mahesh Raut’s bail stayed by Supreme Court for another week in Bhima Koregaon case
Raut was granted bail on last week but was stayed by the Bombay High Court as the National Investigation Agency said it will file an appeal against the order,
EVMs and the Need for Greater Electoral Transparency
Given the critical role of EVMs in India's elections, it is essential to have a transparent process for examining the inner workings of such machines.
"At this point, and from this Court, we should all take any pro-voter decision we can get. And if any state legislature deserved a good boot in the arse, it's the one in Montgomery. They were told to do something by a court of competent jurisdiction, an action that the Supreme Court had endorsed, and they defied the ruling in as blatant as fashion as Alabama has seen since George Wallace walked away from the schoolhouse door."
~ Charles Pierce
As media outlets including CNN are reporting, the Supreme Court chose to slap down Alabama's request for a reconsideration of its racially-driven, Republican-favoring gerrymandering with a single terse sentence, the gist of which is that the court meant what it said the first time.
Why Thousands Of #Prisoners Could Be Spared Because Of A #SupremeCourt Case Over The Word ‘And’
#Nepal’s #SupremeCourt recently passed a judgement that disturbed all the women in country. In a landmark verdict Supreme Court ruled that sexual intercourse with a minor girl cannot constitute rape if a boy and a girl wed and have sexual intercourse considering it as a biological need between husband and wife.
✍️ Shefali Ranawat
Back to the reporting. Oral argument will start in three hours.
The 2019 case's opinion (in Japanese) can be read at: https://kanz.jp/hanrei/data/html/201901/088274_hanrei.html
The opinion notes that trans people might, against their will, get the surgery so that they can change the gender marker, calling this practice invasive; however, the court upheld the constitutionality at least for the present case, because the constitutionality must be measured in light of the social recognition of handling trans people according to their gender identities.
Japanese courts don't like striking down laws, and judicial review is exercised only in extreme cases where the law is patently unconstitutional. Only a dozen laws were struck by the #SupremeCourt in the 70+ years of its existence.
This is a problem:
"Taken together, those revelations suggested a self-protection motive in the [Supreme Court]’s ongoing crusade to complicate, reduce and ultimately halt the prosecution of corruption in every level of government."
A federal judge in #Atlanta on Tuesday rejected a bid by the anti-affirmative activist behind the successful U.S. #SupremeCourt challenge to race-conscious college admissions policies to bar a small venture capital fund from awarding grants to businesses run by #Black women. #legal
Why Some Supreme Court Investigators In The Adani-Hindenburg Case Are Accused Of Conflict Of Interest
A September 2023 affidavit in the Supreme Court has alleged that two out of the six members of the Supreme Court-appointed expert committee investigating possible regulatory lapses in dealing with allegations against the Adani group have a “conflict of interest” and one is named in an alleged fraud. Among these are a member’s company’s tie-up with the Adani group in 2022, another’s alleged involvement in a bank fraud, and a third’s past association with the conglomerate.
U.S. Supreme Court refuses Alabama Republicans' request to stop 2nd Black Congressional district.
ABC News reports: "About 27% of Alabama residents are Black, according to census data. Only one of its seven districts is represented by a Black lawmaker."
(I believe non-citizens are allowed to visit so long as you have proper IDs.)
Back to the case. The question is whether the "surgery requirement" before gender marker change is unconstitutional. The court, sitting in 5-member "petty bench", has already answered that it is constitutional, back in 2019. However, two justices of that panel questioned its constitutionality in the future, noting that this issue needs to be revisited. Four years later, they are hearing this case en banc, that is, before all the 15 justices.
En banc hearing is rare, and is only convened when the court is asked to overturn a precedent or to rule on a law's constitutionality. Only a couple en banc hearings are done every year, most of which being election malapportionment lawsuits. #SupremeCourt #Japan #TransRights #JapanLaw
Supreme Court allows drawing of new Alabama congressional map to proceed, rejecting state's plea
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the drawing of a new Alabama congressional map with greater representation for Black voters to proceed, rejecting the state's plea to retain Republican-drawn lines that were struck down by a lower court
At 2pm, Sept. 27th (UTC+9), the #SupremeCourt of Japan sitting en banc will hear the gender marker case. **Courtroom visitors must arrive at the South Gate before 13:10** in case you 1) are able to go visit the Court and 2) have good Japanese skill (no translators obviously).
The court issued the orders on Tuesday without noted dissents from any justices.
“#SupremeCourt on Tuesday handed a defeat to #Alabama Republicans for the second time in three months, rejecting their latest attempt to use a congressional map that includes only one majority-Black district.
The court in two related applications refused emergency requests from Republican state officials to block lower court rulings that invalidated the new map. Lower court proceedings to approve a new map are still ongoing.” #SCOTUS #VotingRights 1/…
The State Where Republicans Are Breaking Their Own Rules to Stay in Power
The Supreme Court was put to the test,
When a rogue court made an arrest.
It put the GOP
in charge of social media,
And now the justices must do their best.
"If there is anyone who has done more to bring on more racial and economic inequality than Clarence Thomas while availing himself of the privileges he has gained from the court decisions he has joined, I don’t know who that is."
"[Clarence] Thomas is a one-man wrecking ball that has been swinging away at democratic principles for 32 years, and at 75 years of age, with a coterie of younger right-wingers on the court with him, he could spend another decade or more doing everything he can to turn back the clock in this country."
~ Lucian K. Truscott
Clarence Thomas “served as a fundraising draw for a network that has brought cases before the #SupremeCourt, including one of the most closely watched of the upcoming term.”
It keeps getting worse.
How can it keep getting worse?
Why didn’t Democrats believe Anita Hill? 🤦🏼♀️
Of course #ClarenceThomas arrived on a private jet.
“I can’t imagine — it takes my breath away, frankly — that he would go to a #Koch network event for #donors,” said John E. Jones III, a ret #federal #judge appointed by President George W. #Bush. Jones said that if he had gone to a Koch summit as a district court judge, “I’d have gotten a letter that would’ve commenced a #disciplinary proceeding.”
That puts #Thomas in the extraordinary position of having served as a #fundraising draw for a network that has brought cases before the #SupremeCourt, including one of the most closely watched of the upcoming term.
Thomas never reported the 2018 flight to PalmSprings on his annual #financial #disclosure form, an apparent #violation of #federal #law…. A #Koch network spox said the network did not pay for the #PrivateJet. Since Thomas didn’t disclose it, it’s not clear who did pay.
But wait, there’s more!
by Joshua Kaplan, Justin Elliott & Alex Mierjeski
“Clarence Thomas might not be the finest Justice money can buy, but he’s definitely bought."
~ Moe Davis
“Thomas and his billionaire pals have trashed the court’s reputation."
~ Mark Jacobs
“Corruption of the highest order."
~ Heather Cox Richardson
“Pay. To. Play.”
~ Dahlia Lithwick
“Is Clarence Thomas the most corrupt Supreme Court justice in our history? One of the most corrupt senior officials in our history? There is no doubt any more."
~ David Rothkopf cited by David Badash
Clarence Thomas was a corrupt sleazebag even prior to his confirmation, when he lied boldly about his sexual harrassment of Anita Hill, who told the truth — and many of us saw and knew that and could do nothing about it.
“I can’t imagine — it takes my breath away, frankly — that he would go to a Koch network event for donors," says John E. Jones III, retired federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush about Clarence Thomas.
Jones adds, "I’d have gotten a letter that would’ve commenced a disciplinary proceeding. What you’re seeing is a slow creep toward unethical behavior. Do it if you can get away with it."
Oh hey look, #KochIndustries is appealing this #climate #lawsuit out of Minnesota. The #SupremeCourt is now considering whether to grant cert. Big oil is lining up on this one, trying to avoid having to pay damages for climate change.
Good to know that all 9 justices will give each side in this case a fair and impartial hearing
"That puts Thomas in the extraordinary position of having served as a fundraising draw for a network that has brought cases before the Supreme Court, including one of the most closely watched of the upcoming term.
Thomas never reported the 2018 flight to Palm Springs on his annual financial disclosure form, an apparent violation of federal law requiring justices to report most gifts."
"Thomas has attended Koch donor events at least twice over the years, according to interviews with three former network employees and one major donor. The justice was brought in to speak, staffers said, in the hopes that such access would encourage donors to continue giving."
No worries here, I'm sure Clarence flew commercial.
It never gets anything but uglier and more corrupt with each new revelation about Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. And, yet, in so many ways, this corruption has gone on right out in the open, brazenly, with a contemptuous challenge to the public to try and do anything about calling an untouchable Supreme Court justice to accountability.
Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events
🥥 Senator #Sheldon_Whitehouse (D-RI)
-- long an opponent of #GOP fuckery with US courts -- unleashes a broadside designed to reach beyond the Senate floor.
It was an appeal for political pressure on Congress to clean up the #SupremeCourt's daylight bribery.🥥
#5yrsago #SupremeCourt decision will rip away Dark Money’s veil of secrecy https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/19/supreme-court-decision-dark-money-were-about-know-lot-more-about-who-funding-our
#5yrsago As Canada-US trade-war draws nigh, so does the threat to nationalise US pharma patents https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/canadian-officials-mulling-attack-u-s-pharma-says-ottawa-lawyer-165038690.html
#5yrsago Europe’s copyright catastrophe is a harbinger of bad times for Canadians https://macleans.ca/opinion/the-spectre-of-bad-internet-laws-in-europe-should-be-a-warning-shot-for-canadians/
Federal judge again rules #DACA is illegal in case likely to be decided by #SupremeCourt
"[Alito] says Congress has no authority to regulate the Supreme Court. The Constitution he allegedly reveres says otherwise. A lot. …
Wrong on the facts, wrong on the history, on the wrong side of honesty and ethical standards, Justice Alito and his colleagues need to be reined in."
~ Norman J. Ornstein
"A key question is now this: Did Leonard Leo use millions in nonprofit contributions in a conspiracy with others to illegally enrich himself and his friends, including the Thomases? (Narrator: Duh.)
~ Jay Kuo
And all of this is happening in the shadows, the dark, with no daylight shining in:
"The movement’s triumphs are now visible but its engine remains hidden: A billion-dollar network of groups, most of which are registered as tax-exempt charities or social welfare organizations. Taking advantage of gaps in disclosure laws, they shield the identities of most of their donors and some of the recipients of the funds."
A formula for corruption.
Who's really running the country? Leonard Leo, Ginni Thomas, the corrupt Supremes they've bought, and their super-rich backers:
"From those early discussions among Leo, Thomas and Crow would spring a billion-dollar force that has helped remake the judiciary and overturn longstanding legal precedents on abortion, affirmative action and many other issues."
~ Heidi Przybyla
As Matt Ford notes, this case was one of an increasing number of "phantom docket" cases the right-wing block controlling the US Supreme Court increasingly take to advance the agenda of the religious right — made-up cases about nonexistent "persecution" of "religious" people.He writes,
"These might be more simply described as fake: They rest upon nebulous theories of standing, hypothetical injuries, and right-wing causes célèbre."
Shocked — just shocked! (not) — to learn that the praying coach Supreme Court case was a big phony, as was Florida coach Joe Kennedy with his claim that his religious freedom was being trampled on as he sought just to pray privately at football games. Since, as we all know, God loves nothing more than a good football game and a praying coach and football team….
As Reuters reports, Supreme Court Justice Alito has refused to recuse himself from "a tax case that involves an attorney who interviewed him for a newspaper article and helped him "air his personal grievances."
A reminder: Alito is Catholic. So is Thomas. So is Roberts, who refuses to hold either justice accountable for unethical behavior.
The US Catholic bishops have rattled their sabers at Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden.
“There is no valid reason for my #recusal in this case,” Justice #Alito wrote. Any notion that his vote might be affected by his connection to the lawyer, he added, “fundamentally misunderstands the circumstances under which #SupremeCourt justices must work.”
The stmnt was his 1st #public response to criticism that he had #breached an #ethical line after sitting down for multiple interviews w/a #lawyer (guys c’mon!) in the case, David B. #Rivkin Jr., who writes for the op pages of The #WSJ.
We’re so screwed.
“A manufacturer of the widely used abortion drug #mifepristone asked the #SupremeCourt on Friday to reverse a lower court ruling that, if allowed to go into effect, would restrict access to the drug.” #SCOTUS
MEXICO DECRIMINALIZES #ABORTION!
Los Carnales Al Sur De La Frontera showing gringos how a real #SupremeCourt should function
and let me just make a point right now:
#SCOTUS REPUBLICAN CATHOLICS ARE HERETICS
yes, i said what Papa Francisco won't because he's a better person and am not the Pope.
especially that ghoulish handmaiden, Amy Barret who is running a real estate racket cloaked as a charismatic cult
The work of enforcers like DoJ antitrust boss #JonathanKanter, #FTC chair #LinaKhan, and #SEC chair #GaryGensler is at the heart of #Bidenomics: muscular, fearless deployment of existing regulatory authority to make life better for Americans.
Of course, "existing regulatory authority" isn't the last word. The judges filling stolen seats on the illegitimate #SupremeCourt invented the #MajorQuestionsDoctrine and have used it as a club to attack Biden's photocopier-kickers.