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... - 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
MA law school has an outsize (positive) influence, IRS may furlough staff if the government shuts down, NLRB slaps Starbucks on the wrist nationwide, USPTO can stay open for a bit if the government shuts down and a 2nd amendment case before SCOTUS.
“I have never believed that people elected me to represent this big state just to go and be a rubber stamp,” #Feinstein told the San Francisco Chronicle. However, she continued, “the president is owed some consideration to get his own team, provided that team is qualified.”
Feinstein encountered perhaps the most intense criticism of her career while serving as ranking #Democrat on the #Judiciary Cmte in 2018, during the firestorm surrounding #SCOTUS nominee Brett M. #Kavanaugh.
On the #Judiciary Cmte, which she joined during her 1st #Senate term, #Feinstein became known as an independent-minded vote.
During the #Bush admin, she opposed the noms of #SCOTUS justices #JohnRoberts & #SamuelAlito, several candidates for #FederalBench, & AG #AlbertoGonzales. But sided w/ #Republicans on noms incl’g… #MichaelMukasey —despite his refusal to describe #waterboarding as #torture —& fed appeals court judge #LeslieSouthwick, whose nom was opposed by #CivilRights & #GayRights grps.
The #FirstAmendment protects the right of companies to decide what online content is appropriate for their users. CCIA is encouraged by the #SCOTUS agreeing to hear cases challenging harmful social media laws in TX & FL.
More from The WaPo:
…#Feinstein won her #Senate seat in what became known as the #YearOfTheWoman, an election that sent 24 new women to the #House of Representatives & brought the total number of female senators to 6.
The precipitating event was the 1991 confirmation hearings of #SCOTUS nominee #ClarenceThomas, who became the second Black justice on the high court.
A largely unknown man plays a significant role in pushing the American judiciary to the right: Leonard Leo.
“We don’t talk about Leonard”
CCIA is pleased that the #SCOTUS has agreed to hear cases challenging two dangerous social media laws in TX & FL. The gov’t has no business telling private companies what content to publish or not publish on their platforms.
New research suggests laws like those introduced in TX & FL that force websites to host hate speech would damage the reputations of both websites & advertisers, posing a serious threat to the #digital economy. Today, #SCOTUS agreed to review both laws.
The justices’ decision to take the landmark #SocialMedia cases came in an order that also added 10 other cases to the calendar for the #SCOTUS term that begins Mon. Earlier, the high court had said it would tackle #controversial issues involving #GunRegulations, #VotingRights & the #power of #FederalAgencies. Those cases will be heard as the justices face intense pressure from Democratic lawmakers to address #ethics issues…, incl’g potential #conflicts in some of the cases.
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 #SCOTUS has agreed to take up the TX & FL social media laws that several lower courts have found to violate the #FirstAmendment. CCIA, along with its co-plaintiff @NetChoice, had asked the Court to hear these critical cases.
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 weigh GOP-backed social media ‘censorship’ laws"
"Texas and Florida both enacted laws that would place new restrictions on the ability of social media companies to decide what user content they wish to publish."
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.
...on the DeadBirdSite, the Conservatives, in particular the Federalist Society, put their plan in motion to capture #SCOTUS. And to fulfill what they set out to do in 1971: turn the US in a plutocracy. This happened with #CitizensUnitedVsFEC, and others. The climax was #TFG in the WH. He was never supposed to lose in 2020. He probably wouldn't, hadn't it been for the #pandemic
"Everything I'm seeing from Trump says he's run out of cash. The removal would likely require he appeal to #SCOTUS and was likely going to cost him well over $2 million for his third-tier attorneys he's been using recently and likely $5-$10 million for top-line firm that would demand all the money up front in their trust account.
With Trump Org ready to tank and the burn rates in all his other cases likely over $3 million a month he's rolling the dice on winning the election and then overthrowing the Constitution in coup no 2.
Trump declared war on the US Constitution. Destroying his ability to wage that war requires drying up all his sources of cash. But remember, he's almost certainly kept copies of the most dangerous documents and will seek to sell them if he hasn't already sold them"
-Tim Hogan, Esq.
Gonna go out on a limb and predict that #SCOTUS does nothing about any of this, either.
Alabama, fresh off its #SCOTUS slap-down in the redistricting case, asked a district court today to let it enforce its anti-trans ban on gender-affirming care for minors while the 11th Circuit has the case, withheld the mandate, & is deciding whether to rehear it en banc.
"It Turns Out John Roberts Was Right About Supreme Court Ethics Rules"
"The real reason to stop hoping for a Supreme Court code of ethics is that it would probably have no meaningful effect on the justices who need it most. They would simply ignore or evade it, just as they have disregarded existing ethics legislation."
Inside the tactics that won #Christian vendors the right to reject #GayWeddings
Opponents accuse #conservative #legal group behind landmark #SCOTUS case of manufacturing #lawsuits to advance its #agenda
*Trump’s Business Empire Was One Big Long-Running Fraud*
[Note: I know this is the previous day's. I'm at the packed end of teaching a 7-week class and trying to manage its responsibilities.]
#USPolitics #Politics #Trump #TrumpInc #Fraud #NY #BusinessLicence #GA #RICO #FaniWillis #DomesticTerrorism #Alabama #SCOTUS #Gerrymandering #VoterRights #VotingRights #Menendez #GovernmentShutdown #GOPShutdown #Tuberville #MilitaruReadiness #Authoritarian #Racism #Election2024 #GOPDebate
*Letters from an American*
[Note: I know this is the previous day's. I am at the packed end of teaching a 7-week class and trying to manage its responsibilities.]
#USPolitics #Politics #AntiTrush #Monopolies #FTC vs. #Amazon #TrickleDown #Reagan #RobertBork #Competition #AntiCompetion
#McCarthy #GovernmentShutdown #Senate #ContinuingResolution #Trump #TrumpInc #NewYork #NY #SCOTUS #Alabama #Gerrymandering #VoterRights #VotingRights #History #Histodons
'He Cannot Be Trusted': #Thomas Urged to Recuse From #CFPB Case Over #Koch Ties. "All justices personally close to proprietors of shady #financialservices firms should recuse themselves, full stop," #ClarenceThomas faced mounting pressure to #recuse himself from case that experts warn "poses an existential threat" to consumer-focused federal agency in the wake of revelations that he secretly served as an in-person "fundraising draw" for #Koch network donor events. https://www.commondreams.org/news/clarence-thomas-recusal #SCOTUS
The US Supreme Court will NOT review lower court rulings on Alabama's gerrymandered election maps.
That clears the way for state’s second majority-Black district in the next election.
Supreme Court Could Trigger Hundreds of Billions in Corporate Tax Cuts 'With the Stroke of Pen'
A new report warns that huge tax gifts for corporations and "a $340 billion hole in the federal budget" are among the potential consequences of a case SCOTUS is set to hear in December.
A Washington-based married couple's challenge to an obscure provision of the 2017 Republican tax law has the potential to become "the most important tax case in a century,"
Weds 9/27 - O'Hagan Meyer Grows, SCOTUS tells Alabama to Redraw District, Trump Liable for Fraud in NY and SCOTUS Prepares for New Term
O’Hagan Meyer eating the meat from the bones of Daugherty Lordan, SCOTUS upholds a ruling requiring Alabama to redraw a district, Trump and co. liable for fraud, and SCOTUS gears up for a new term.
This would be concerning if #SCOTUS justices' ethics weren't above reproach and there were no worries about #billionaires' influence --oh, wait... https://www.commondreams.org/news/supreme-court-big-corporations
NEW. How the extreme right-wing Roberts #SCOTUS is looking to roll back more rights and freedoms and undermine our democracy, while grabbing more power for itself. 8 cases to watch this Fall @takebackthecourt https://www.takebackthecourt.today/8-supreme-court-cases-to-watch-this-fall
#California will ban firearms in most public places while doubling the #taxes on #guns and ammo sold in the state under two new laws Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Tuesday that will test the limits of #SCOTUS new standard for interpreting the 2nd Amendment.
“The US already taxes the sale of guns and ammunition at either 10% or 11%, depending on the type of gun. The new law adds another 11% tax on top of that—making CA the only state with a separate tax on guns and ammo”
I’ve written about five big cases in the past 24 hours at Law Dork, all important cases key to my coverage. I’ve also posted the news of rulings here first, to get news out. If you’ve been following the posts but not Law Dork, please consider subscribing.
#SCOTUS rejects #Alabama's attempt to avoid creating a 2nd Black majority district, as it had been ordered by a lower court, and upheld by the SCOTUS. Alabama's plan would have significantly under represented its 27% Black population https://edition.cnn.com/2023/09/26/politics/supreme-court-alabama-redistricting/index.html
The #lawsuit is 1 of 3 that #Blum's #Texas-based group had filed since Aug challenging #grant & #fellowship programs designed by the venture capital fund & 2 #law firms to help give #Black, #Hispanic & other underrepresented minority grps greater #career #opportunities.
A different grp founded by Blum was behind the litigation that led to the June decision, powered by #SCOTUS's 6-3 #conservative majority, declaring #race-conscious student admissions policies used by Harvard & the UNC unlawful.
US judge refuses to block venture capital fund's grants for #BlackWomen
A #federal #judge in #Atlanta on Tues rejected a bid by the #AntiAffirmativeAction activist behind the successful #SCOTUS challenge to #race-conscious #CollegeAdmissions policies to bar a small #VentureCapital fund (#VC) from awarding #grants to businesses run by #Black #women.
Breaking: #SCOTUS rejects Alabama's attempt to ignore its congressional map ruling.
My Law Dork report on today's big news: https://www.lawdork.com/p/scotus-rejects-alabama-congressional-map-stay
Via Josh Gerstein:
JUDICIAL WEIRDNESS: Strange doings in case that produced ban on Biden admin contacts w/social media firms. Shortly after Solicitor General complains to #SCOTUS about odd order from 5th Circuit yday granting rehearing in the case, 5th Circuit seems to admit they messed up... 1/...
Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s bid to use congressional map with just one majority-Black district
The court issued the orders on Tuesday without noted dissents from any justices.
Alabama passed a map this summer with just one majority-Black district after the Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling that two “opportunity districts” were required. Alabama was asking #SCOTUS to let it use the one-district map. The court resoundingly said no this morning.
Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s bid to use congressional map with just one majority-Black district
“#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/…
"I call for help from the highest courts": Trump cries out in fear of “Trump-hating" prosecutor
The former president wants the “highest courts in New York State” to help him: “I have been unfairly sued"
Donald Trump has been on a prolific Truth Social tear, calling for the execution of a top US military general, vowing revenge on NBC Networks and demanding that Republican leaders take action against automatic voter registration to protect him
Can someone explain to me why the Supreme Court has time to consider limits on White House contacts with social media but apparently has no time to consider limits on Supreme Court Justices contacts with large political donors who have business before the aforementioned Supreme Court? #PoliticalCorruption #SCOTUS https://mastodon.social/@arstechnica/111127012828475920
Call for Clarence Thomas to recuse from CFPB over Koch ties grow: "He cannot be trusted" https://www.salon.com/2023/09/25/call-for-clarence-thomas-to-recuse-from-cfpb-over-koch-ties-grow-he-cannot-be-trusted_partner/
Democratic senator Bob Menendez has been indicted for performing favors in exchange for lavish gifts. The Supreme Court justices who will hear his case are guilty of much of the same.
Gold bars, guns, cash stuffed into a coat, and favors for a foreign government — the new indictment of US senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat representing New Jersey, reads like the plot of a cheap pulp novel
My latest #SCOTUS thoughts looks at recusal and legitimacy. Check it out at Law Dork now, and subscribe today if you haven’t done so already: https://www.lawdork.com/p/ethics-recusal-and-stability-at-scotus
The Clarence Thomas Corruption Saga Just Got Even Worse
> A new ProPublica report reveals deep, unethical connections between the Supreme Court justice and the #Koch brothers.
https://newrepublic.com/post/175709/clarence-thomas-corruption-saga-just-got-even-worse #US #ClarenceThomas #SCOTUS
@chrisgeidner A group of them are unethical and/or illegitimate. In this group there are those who refuse to recuse even when there are clear conflicts. This renders the 'Supreme' Court as a whole illegitimate. #uspolitics #SCOTUS
An attempt to catalog the various lies told by the embattled Supreme Court nominee—including while under oath. https://www.gq.com/story/all-of-brett-kavanaughs-lies
Sunday #SCOTUS thoughts at Law Dork: Tonight, I wrote about ethics, recusal, and legitimacy. https://www.lawdork.com/p/ethics-recusal-and-stability-at-scotus
#ClarenceThomas is openly corrupt, and yet, there's basically no option to remove him from the U.S. Supreme Court, or even force him to recuse himself from cases before #SCOTUS that involve the people who've given him and his traitorous wife literal *millions* of dollars.
Wanna bet how long before we find out that the same people have also bought the rest of the Republicans in SCOTUS? (Who paid #BrettKavanaugh's credit card debt?)
It's what we're never going to find out about his partisan actions in private that should have everyone concerned. He's one of seven of the most powerful people in the world. And suffers no call to accountability.
""What are we going to find out next?"
"Clarence Thomas' shocking ethics scandal 'sickens' experts: The latest outrage over Thomas' conduct follows a report revealing his ties to the Koch brothers' political network:
“Harlan Crow’s Minions Are Keeping Your Rent High.”
The corrupt US courts, and the billionaires that bribe them, are actively harming all of us.
“Crow Holdings…a privately-held real estate company, managing over $29 billion in assets.”
The most high-profile effort, a #lawsuit known as #MissouriVBiden, is now before #SCOTUS, where the #Biden admin seeks to have the high court block a ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the #5thCircuit that found the #WhiteHouse, #FBI & top federal #health officials likely violated the #FirstAmendment by improperly influencing #tech companies’ decisions to remove or suppress posts on the #coronavirus & #elections.
^^ No surprise here. ^^
#ClarenceThomas “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. A #Koch network spokesperson said the network did not pay for the private jet. Since Thomas didn’t disclose it, it’s not clear who did pay.”
Dick Durbin is chairman of the Sen Judiciary Comm w jurisdiction over #SCOTUS. Instead of focusing on investigating an unprecedented culture of corruption delegitimizing the right wing Court he is spending time on-checks notes - concern trolling over Fetterman and Sen dress code?
Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events
Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events - putting him in the extraordinary position of having helped a political network that has brought multiple cases before the Supreme Court.
It is absolutely absurd to see some traditional media reporters letting Trump craft the narrative that he is some sort of moderate on #abortion rights after he along w/ Mitch McConnell hijacked the #SCOTUS enabling destruction of Roe.
Good piece from @CitizenCohn ushing back against the BS of Trump being a "moderate" on this issue. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-abortion-prescription-drugs-extremist_n_650b5373e4b0be7f855f0769
Update: Alabama has filed its replies in the redistricting stay requests at #SCOTUS, so the briefing is now completed. A decision could come at any time.
I know you'll be shocked by this, but #SamuelAlito has an obvious conflict of interest in a pending #SCOTUS case. #corruption #ExpandTheCourt https://www.commondreams.org/news/alito-2665589141
The Alabama government’s briefs before the three-judge panel in September referenced a concurring opinion by #Kavanaugh that questioned whether “race-based redistricting” can “extend indefinitely into the future.”
Alabama further relied on arguments — also rejected by the U.S. District Court — that a subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decision this same term ending affirmative action in college admissions (called Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard ) compels the Court to find that a state’s use of a map in which “race predominates” now violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. As in Milligan, Kavanaugh filed a concurrence in Students for Fair Admissions, emphasizing the potential for #time #limits on race-related policies.
In addition, there now appears to be a significant connection between Alabama’s post-Milligan map redrawing process, #Leo’s powerful national dark money network, and Kavanaugh.
The tangled web of previously unreported ties centers around #Marshall, Alabama Solicitor General Edmond #LaCour — dubbed “the architect behind Alabama’s voting rights defiance” — and the D.C.-area law firm #ConsovoyMcCarthy, the firm founded by William #Consovoy, a now-deceased former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas who represented Shelby County in Shelby County v. Holder.
In Shelby County, the Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and its vital preclearance provision, which protected against unilateral state changes to voting rights and maps in states that had a documented history of racial bias in administering elections in order to disenfranchise Black voters.
#LeonardLeo #scotus #darkmoney #clarencethomas #FedSoc #ShelbyCountyVsHolder #VotingRightsAct #racebased #affirmativeaction
👀Via Sherrilyn Ifill:
Now we get a possible answer. And it’s a doozy.
If this is true, it would mean that the SCOTUS is compromised & that the project to overturn civil rights laws is being undertaken deliberately and cynically by multiple associated players & cover groups across the legal system https://www.alreporter.com/2023/09/16/dark-money-the-backstory-of-alabamas-redistricting-defiance/