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July 1st, 2022 - 10:30 pm § in Health, Law and Courts

Ohio denies abortion to 10-year-old child abuse victim

“A 10-year-old child abuse victim was forced to seek an abortion in Indiana after her home state of Ohio barred abortion following the Supreme Court decision to overturn of Roe v. Wade,” the Daily Mail, a U.K.-based tabloid, said in a story published on Friday, July 1, 2022 (read it [...]

July 1st, 2022 - 9:17 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Update: Judge orders $100K bail for Pierce Co. sheriff still harassing black newspaper carrier

In May a lawyer for a black newspaper carrier victimized by Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer (photo, left) obtained an anti-harassment order against him (see story here), but Troyer allegedly violated the order on “multiple occasions,” and now a judge has ordered him to post $100,000 bail[...]

July 1st, 2022 - 1:15 am § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

A very brief primer on hearsay

After Cassidy Hutchinson’s sensational testimony on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Trump and his defenders badly want to discredit her, and they’re throwing everything they can think of at the wall, hoping something will stick. “One of the common themes of the smear campaign [against her][...]

June 30th, 2022 - 9:43 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

Witness tampering is what criminals do

When someone mentions witness tampering, I think of Mafia hoods bribing or threatening witnesses, or, in Russia, Putin’s goons killing them and dumping their bodies in the river that flowing through Moscow. It looks like Trump’s gang has joined the party. Cassidy Hutchinson, who testifie[...]

June 30th, 2022 - 3:47 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Biden’s hypocritical new stance on filibuster

Biden, who has opposed changing the Senate filibuster rule, is now calling for a “carveout” to pass federal abortion rights (see story here). But he still hasn’t endorsed carveouts for anything else, beyond the existing exceptions for spending bills and judicial nominees. Look, abo[...]

June 29th, 2022 - 10:26 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism, Religion

Will the Supreme Court destroy the rule of law?

The Supreme Court’s new conservative majority appears to be as reckless as the president who appointed them. In just the last 10 days, “the court has gutted limits on gun possession, severely weakened the wall between church and state, and taken away a right that has existed for nearly 5[...]

June 28th, 2022 - 3:52 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Is the United States about to become a confederacy of states?

The Supreme Court’s new conservative majority is all about states’ rights and stripping the federal government of power. Its most high-profile decision, Dobbs, which overturned Roe v. Wade, said it’s up to states to regulate abortion. But conservative justices are also going after [...]

June 28th, 2022 - 9:48 am § in Law and Courts

GOP lying spreads to Supreme Court

There’s no limit to Republican lying. That’s the lesson from a pair of Supreme Court rulings last week. In the first, the 5-4 ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, it became evident that all three of Trump’s nominees to the court lied to win confirmation. They told key senators that Roe [...]

June 26th, 2022 - 7:52 pm § in Law and Courts

Is the Supreme Court legitimate?

“Hear ye, hear ye, this dishonorable court is now in session!” “As of 24 June 2022, the US Supreme Court should officially be understood as an illegitimate institution – a tool of minority rule over the majority, and as part of a far-right ideological and authoritarian takeover.” [...]

June 26th, 2022 - 11:56 am § in Jews, Law and Courts, Religion

How abortion mixes church and state

Catholic doctrine insists if an abnormal fetus will kill its mother, and it’s “it or her,” both must die. That’s because, in the Pope’s thinking (and in the Church, nobody else’s thinking counts), the fetus is “absolutely innocent” whereas the mother i[...]