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Court Rejects Lawsuit for Sending Gruesome Photos to NRA Lobbyist’s E-Mail Address

Court Rejects Lawsuit for Sending Gruesome Photos to NRA Lobbyist’s E-Mail AddressFrom today’s decision (which strikes me as quite correct) in Hammer v. Sorensen, decided by Judges William Pryor, Robin Rosenbaum, and K. Michael Moore: Marion Hammer, a well-known lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, appeals the dismissal of her claims against … Lawrence “Lol” Sorensen. Sorensen twice emailed Hammer [at the address publicly listed for her on the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists site], taking issue with a cause for which Hammer has lobbied. In his two emails, along with messages indicating his disagreement with Hammer’s position on assault rifles, Sorensen included a total of four graphic photographs showing wounds inflicted by such weapons…. The first email was titled “Assault Rifle Support Results” and read, “Dear Ms. Hammer, Thought you should see a few photos of handiwork of the assault rifles you support.” Embedded within the email message were…

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Right of Public Access to Civil Court Cases

Right of Public Access to Civil Court CasesCommenters have occasionally asked why American law generally recognizes a right of public access to civil court cases between two private parties. Why not treat those cases as just a private matter of purely private concern? I think Justice Holmes put it well in Cowley v. Pulsifer (Mass. 1884), a case about people’s right to report on civil court cases without fear of libel liability: The chief advantage to the country which we can discern [from the right to publish information from judicial proceedings] … is the security which publicity gives for the proper administration of justice…. It is desirable that the trial of causes should take place under the public eye, not because the controversies of one citizen with another are of public concern, but because it is of the highest moment that those who administer justice should always act under the sense of…

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Listen live: Federal court hears arguments in Michael Flynn perjury case

Listen live: Federal court hears arguments in Michael Flynn perjury caseA federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., will hear arguments Tuesday about whether the Justice Department should be allowed to drop perjury charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. ….. Read More.UPI – United States | United States NewsTue, August 11, 20205 hours ago

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Tennessee Supreme Court Snips High School Diploma Requirement From Barber Licensing

Tennessee Supreme Court Snips High School Diploma Requirement From Barber LicensingWhen the state of Tennessee told Elias Zarate in 2017 that he could no longer be a barber, it wasn’t because he’d accidentally hurt a customer or because he gave bad haircuts. It was simply because he didn’t have a high school diploma. Zarate had dropped out of high school to take care of his orphaned younger siblings and eventually landed a job as a barber in Memphis, even though he wasn’t licensed. When the state’s barbering cops busted Zarate for working without a permission slip from the proper bureaucratic authorities, he tried to get the proper license, only to discover that before he could pursue a career doing the thing he was already doing, he’d first have to backtrack and finish high school. That didn’t make much sense to Zarate, and last week the Tennessee Supreme Court confirmed as…

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When Conservative Justices Revolt

When Conservative Justices RevoltUntil two months ago, Leonard Leo was among the unambiguous winners of the Trump era. The bookish lawyer and architect of the conservative legal movement has spent the past three and a half years executing his decades-long vision of remaking the federal judiciary—he was instrumental in the Supreme Court appointments of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. But during the Court’s term this summer, an old conservative nightmare recurred: Republican-appointed justices, including Gorsuch, aligned with their liberal colleagues on big, consequential decisions about immigration, abortion, and LGBTQ protections.In recent decades, conservative justices have consistently moved to the left once reaching the bench: Anthony Kennedy, who was nominated by Ronald Reagan, routinely cast the deciding vote against social conservatives on gay rights. Conservative-movement stalwarts have never forgiven David Souter, the George H. W. Bush appointee, for voting to uphold the constitutional right to abortion in the 1992 decision Planned…

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Read Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John Lewis

Read Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John LewisFormer President Barack Obama delivered a eulogy today honoring Representative John Lewis of Georgia, who died July 17 after a decades-long career in the House of Representatives. Lewis, a civil-rights icon who led the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and spoke at the March on Washington, spent his congressional years advocating for voting rights and equality for Black Americans. Known as the moral “conscience” of the Congress, Lewis lay in state for two days in the Capitol this week.Below, the full text of Obama’s remarks as delivered.James wrote to the believers, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” It is a great honor to be…

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