DNA Evidence Clears Men of 1983 North Carolina Murder but Prosecutor Is Unrepentant About His Role

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:12 pm

DNA evidence has cleared two African-American mentally disabled men, who were convicted of a rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina in 1983. A judge ordered the men be released from jail, and the district attorney admitted the state had no case and would not try to prosecute the men again. But the original prosecutor in the case was displeased by the development.

 

Setback for Scalia in Attempt to Curtail Labor Rights

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 6:59 am

Last week the Supreme Court decided against ruling on a legal decision from a lower court which, if broadly applied, could have undermined some of the few remaining effective union organizing techniques: neutrality and card check agreements. These standards allow employees to organize in relative peace, without the threat of employer intimidation that is endemic to elections overseen by the National Labor Relation’s Board (NLRB).

The Ugly Souls Of The Supreme Conservatives

By: Sunday June 30, 2013 10:45 am

The conservatives on the Supreme Court use reason as a weapon in their political struggle. Think of it as intellectual leprosy.

Late Night: Condi’s Anthem, SCOTUS Edition

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 8:00 pm

Probably the most infuriating, if entirely predictable, outcome of the Supreme Court’s fusillade of 5-4′s this week was the MSM’s dewy-eyed credulity that accompanied it.  Now, I’m not implying that say, Adam Liptak of the NYT is a clueless ninth grader, but his reporting would have been considerably more respectable if he were.  Pretending to parse the hastily concocted legal reasoning du jour behind decisions that were already made twenty years ago by the Court’s right wing not only makes boring reading, but it insults the intelligence of anyone capable of tying one’s own shoes.

Late Night FDL: The Onion, Come to Life

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 8:00 pm

It’s funny, in the least funny of ways, how a week that began in unspeakable tragedy unfolded into one filled with so much absurdity and journalistic malpractice, along with a truly bizarre string of unrelated events, that the actual news was often so frankly guffaw-inducing that The Onion would have a hard time topping it.

Supreme Court: Police Dog Powers Do Not Include Warrantless Searches of a Person’s Home

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 10:20 am

The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that when the government uses trained police dogs to investigate a home and its immediate surroundings it is a “search” under the Fourth Amendment.

The case involved the Miami-Dade Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration responding to an “unverified tip that marijuana was being grown in the home” of Joelis Jardines. In 2006, a joint surveillance team watched Jardines’ home and then, seeing there was no activity around the house, Miami-Dade Detective William Pedraja approached the home with Detective Douglas Bartelt, who had arrived at the scene with a drug-sniffing dog.

Late Night: Judicial Temperament, and Not

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 8:00 pm

It’s funny, albeit in the most depressing possible way, to hear Washington “journalists” discuss Supreme Court Justice (!) Antonin Scalia’s cartoonish hostility to the Voting Rights Act in terms usually reserved for, well, jurists, when Scalia and the Majority he leads are nothing of the kind. Wasting time talking about things we imagine Supreme Court Justices must thoughtfully consider as they contemplate scuttling fifty years of precedent is, as we’ve previously seen, patently ridiculous, when we know in advance Nino and the Gang are going to whatever it is their political movement currently needs at the moment, which is, among other things, a lot less of that messy ol’ democracy thing.

Late Night: #ScaliaWeirdHat

By: Monday January 21, 2013 8:00 pm

Hey, if a stupid hat is what finally gets people noticing that Scalia is a bag of assholes, then a stupid hat will do. Though wearing a Tudor Bonnet is the least offensive thing he’s probably done in his entire life.

Scalia Denies Stay, Texas Executes Mentally Retarded Man

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:54 pm

The Supreme Court justices have jurisdiction over various regions of the country when it comes to injunctions, particularly when it comes to stays of execution. In the case of Marvin Wilson, the mentally retarded man with an IQ of 61 and an intelligence level of a 6 year-old, set to die today in Texas in conjunction with a murder conviction, that appeal had to go through none other than Justice Antonin Scalia.

Did Justice Scalia Just Encourage the Next Crazy to Aim a Real RPG at the Supreme Court?

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 1:10 pm

It is a well know fact that when a right wing zealot is invited onto Fox News, you’re likely to hear the the most extreme forms of right wing nuttiness, while the Fox interviewer barely flinches at the sheer nuttiness. And that rule apparently applies to radical right wing Supreme Court Justices.

Zach Ford at Think Progress caught Justice Antonin Scalia telling Mike Wallace and Fox viewers that under his view of the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, the “right to keep and bear arms” extends to whatever a man not affiliated with any militia can physically carry and aim at another human being, including a launcher for rocket propelled grenades.

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