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Senate Judiciary Committee Chair calls for Samuel Alito’s recusal from January 6 cases

After the New York Times reported on Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito flying an upside-down flag following the January 6 insurrection, one top Senate Democrat is calling his ability to fairly adjudicate January 6 cases into question. The Hill reported Friday that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) is now demanding Alito recuse himself […]

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‘Serious concerns’: Dems say Thomas may be liable for ‘violations of federal tax laws’

Two Senate Democrats recently sent a letter to the attorney for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asking for clarification on a loan from a wealthy Republican donor, saying the justice has not been forthcoming about whether he’s satisfied both ethical reporting requirements and federal tax obligations. The New Republic’s Greg Sargent wrote Thursday that Democrats […]

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Trump’s Dangerous ‘State of Exception’: SCOTUS must not Allow Presidential Immunity

Hamburg, NY (Special to Informed Comment; Feature) – Carl Schmitt wrote in Political Theology (1922) “sovereign is he who decides on the state of the exception.” What Schmitt meant in using the word “exception” is that in a specific historical timeframe a sovereign can suspend law in the context of a declared state of emergency. […]

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Jack Smith must now make ‘strategic choice’ on Trump case with ‘major consequences’: column

During Thursday’s oral arguments concerning former President Donald Trump’s claim of total criminal immunity, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) indicated warmth toward Trump’s position. One columnist recently wrote that if Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith hopes to try the former president before the election, he may […]

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Supreme Court will have ‘signed its own death warrant’ by ruling in Trump’s favor: analysis

The U.S. Supreme Court spent much of Thursday, April 25 listening to opposing oral arguments in Donald Trump’s absolute immunity case. The former president claims that because he enjoyed absolute immunity from criminal prosecution when he was in the White House, Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith’s election interference indictment is illegitimate and needs […]

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‘Framers would be rolling over’: Historian explains ‘absurdity’ of Trump’s immunity claim

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has documented the lives and acts of numerous American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, both Roosevelts and Richard Nixon, among others. But she said former President Donald Trump’s insistence on having absolute broad criminal immunity for all acts in office is simply “unprecedented.” During a […]

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Supreme Court to Decide on Criminalizing Outdoor Sleeping

Tenting in Los Angeles Skid Row. Russ Allison Loar, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons By Clare Pastore / The Conversation On April 22, 2024, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could radically change how cities respond to the growing problem of homelessness. It also could significantly worsen the nation’s racial justice gap. […]

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Majority of Women in States With Abortion Bans Believe Access Should Be Legal

Protest for abortion rights (Flickr) By Amanda Becker / The 19th Nearly two years after the Supreme Court ended the federal right to abortion, more than a fifth of reproductive-age adult women in states with abortion bans have struggled to access abortion care themselves or know someone who has, according to first-of-its-kind polling released Friday by the […]