ED Can't Be Vindictive, Grounds Of Arrest Must Be Furnished In Writing To Accused At The Time Of Arrest : Supreme Court
The Court went to the extent of stating that the ED's conduct "reeks of arbitrariness" and directed the immediate release of both the accused.
Since the #SupremeCourt overturned Roe v. Wade last year, the state’s GOP-led Legislature has disbanded a maternal mortality committee, failed to expand postpartum #Medicaid coverage and turned down federal grants for child care.
Wolfgang's Vault owner dodges personal liability, Ed Sheeran lawsuit continues and Spotify threatens to leave Uruguay.
"Yet in three very different cases this coming year, the court may arrogate that power for itself, taking it away from our elected lawmakers, a politically accountable president, and possibly even juries of ordinary Americans. In other words, all three cases set up the possibility of a power grab by the country’s highest court."
In short, the unelected, for-life right-wing Supremes want to turn thermselves into untouchable right-wing legislators.
"All of the court’s highest-profile cases involve debates over where the power to address pressing societal problems ought to be located in our constitutional order. The traditional answer — and indeed, the American ideal — has been to vest that power as close to the people as possible, in elected officials who are responsive to us for the simple reason that we can throw them out of office."
~ Aaron Tang
Legal petition to recognise 'Ram Sethu' as national monument dismissed by Supreme Court
The plea filed by the board also sought the top court's direction to authorities concerned to construct a wall at the 'Ram Sethu' site.
Clarence Thomas recuses himself as Supreme Court rejects ex-Trump lawyer John Eastman's appeal
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a group of people living in Europe who have challenged Japan's ban on its citizens also holding foreign nationality. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/10/02/japan/supreme-court-dual-nationality/?utm_content=bufferf6575&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #japan #japanesecourts #supremecourt #nationality #constitution
"In our years covering the #SupremeCourt, we have both slowly grown to despise the obligatory journalistic “curtain-raiser”...
Academic review of the seven or eight ostensibly “big” cases as a set of horse-race questions inevitably misses and occludes the bigger picture: the way in which the majority selects certain cases to further a specific agenda, and times the announcement of its decisions to minimize backlash to that agenda."
Looks like the Supreme Court has rejected the challenge against the OPT program. Those STEM graduates can keep working their feline magic for up to three years! Meowvelous! 😸 #STEM #MeowtasticOpportunity #SupremeCourt
#Republicans threaten to impeach newly elected #Wisconsin #supremecourt judge https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/11/wisconsin-republicans-impeachment-threat-state-supreme-court
#NorthCarolina #Republicans Just Passed a Massive Power Grab to Seize Control of Elections https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/09/north-carolina-election-boards-bill-roy-cooper/
#Michigan #Republicans’ Plan to Overturn #VotingRights Is Sinister https://newrepublic.com/maz/post/175907/michigan-republicans-plan-overturn-voting-rights
The #SupremeCourt inaugurated a new term Monday by spending hours dissecting one word of a #criminal sentencing #statute, after turning away an appeal by lawyer John Eastman related to his efforts to help Trump block certification of the 2020 election.
The court’s new term will feature continuing controversies such as #GunRights, #abortion & challenges to the #power of #FederalAgencies.
"...new evidence has been uncovered that suggests that not only is Roberson potentially innocent but that the crime for which he was convicted of never took place."
On this day in 1967 Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first Black supreme court justice in American history. He was a civil rights lawyer and activist who was widely respected by the legal and activist communities. Our current justices could learn a lot from Thurgood’s 27 years in SCOTUS.
(Photo: CC, Yoichi Okamoto)
Supreme Court previously ruled in favor of #EswatiniSexualandGenderMinorities
Global Roundup: #Brazil #Black #Woman on #SupremeCourt Campaign, #Queer #Ghanian Pursuing Justice, #SouthKorea ‘#Anonymous #Birthing’ #Bill, #LGBTQ+ #Indian Community, #Japan #Feminist Scholar Inspires #Women in #China
Supreme Court Denies Trump Attorney Eastman, Justice Thomas Recuses
John Eastman has lost again, this time in front of the United States Supreme Court
👉🏼👉🏼The #SupremeCourt said Monday that it will not take up a longshot challenge to Donald #Trump’s eligibility to run for president because of his alleged role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. #SCOTUS
“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
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.
The petition document clocks in at a brief 488 pages, if you'd like a quick read while you're in the bathroom.
"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.
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
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
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
Secretly attended events
Supported by Koch network
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.
#SCOTUS itself said in a recent stmnt…that “justices exercise caution in attending events that might be described as #political in nature.” But unlike w/lower court judges, there is no formal #oversight….
2 decades ago, Justice #RuthBaderGinsburg delivered opening remarks at a lecture cosponsored by the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, a #women’s #rights group that filed friend-of-the-court briefs at the #SupremeCourt. It was a PUBLIC event & co-sponsored by the NYC Bar Association (#NYCBar).
During the event, the group announced a new initiative focused on getting #conservatives on the #SupremeCourt & the #FederalBench. The #Koch network, which had already given millions of dollars to #LeonardLeo’s #FederalistSociety, planned to mobilize its activists & buy advertisements to push senators to vote for #Trump’s #judicial nominees. They appointed a fmr employee of #GinniThomas, Justice #ClarenceThomas’s wife, to lead the effort.
“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.”
“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.
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
#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.