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Texas doctor who said nine-year-olds can safely give birth appointed to maternal mortality committee
  • If moderates could check the impulse towards bipartisan compromises collaborating with fascists that's inherent to their ideological worldview maybe, but they've shown very little willingness to do that recently and historically

  • Texas doctor who said nine-year-olds can safely give birth appointed to maternal mortality committee
  • When one person stands up by themselves or with only a small group around them, the powers that be drop the hammer on them and everyone who was sympathetic and might have supported them gets scared back into line

  • Politicians’ Hot Air Won’t Save NYC Public Libraries - The City Council greeted the prospect of $58 million in library cuts with a highly choreographed dog and pony show
    hellgatenyc.com Politicians’ Hot Air Won’t Save NYC Public Libraries - Hell Gate

    The City Council greeted the prospect of $58 million in library cuts with a highly choreographed dog and pony show.

    Politicians’ Hot Air Won’t Save NYC Public Libraries - Hell Gate

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524114100/https://hellgatenyc.com/politicians-hot-air-wont-save-nyc-public-libraries

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    U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves Calls Out the Racism of the Supreme Court's Qualified Immunity doctrines
  • Recent 5-4 podcast episode about Hans v Louisiana also does a good job of diving into this history and laying out just how much bullshit these immunity doctrines are built on,

    https://www.fivefourpod.com/episodes/hans-v-louisiana/

  • U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves Calls Out the Racism of the Supreme Court's Qualified Immunity doctrines
    newrepublic.com A Federal Judge Just Called Out the Supreme Court

    Carlton Reeves did not pull any punches in criticizing qualified immunity—and demanding that the justices finally do something about it.

    A Federal Judge Just Called Out the Supreme Court

    >Reeves wrote that it was “difficult to see qualified immunity’s creation as anything other than a backlash to the civil rights movement,” given the historical context. “The justices took a law meant to protect freed people exercising their federal rights in Southern states after the Civil War, then flipped its meaning,” he noted. “In creating qualified immunity, the high court protected the Southern officials still violating those federal rights 100 years after the war ended. Southern trees bear strange fruit, indeed.”

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524114328/https://newrepublic.com/article/181825/federal-judge-just-called-supreme-court

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    13 Massachusett municipalities and 1 university use ShotSpotter. Critics wonder: Is it worth it?
    www.wgbh.org 13 Mass. municipalities and 1 university use ShotSpotter. Critics wonder: Is it worth it?

    Elected officials and the public are at odds about the effectiveness and reliability of the system that uses groups of sensors placed in communities as a public safety tool.

    13 Mass. municipalities and 1 university use ShotSpotter. Critics wonder: Is it worth it?

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524114058/https://www.wgbh.org/news/local/2024-05-21/13-mass-municipalities-and-1-university-use-shotspotter-critics-wonder-is-it-worth-it

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    www.motherjones.com A Chinese mogul with deep MAGA ties is going on trial for massive fraud

    Steve Bannon is an unindicted co-conspirator in the case against Guo Wengui.

    A Chinese mogul with deep MAGA ties is going on trial for massive fraud

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524115423/https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2024/05/miles-guo-wengui-trial-bannon-trump/

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    Staffing Crisis at Federal Prisons Highlighted at FCI Sheridan in Oregon
    www.nytimes.com Staffing Crisis at Federal Prisons Highlighted in Oregon

    Delays for medical care were severe enough to force one inmate at the prison to fake a suicide attempt to obtain treatment for a serious infection.

    Staffing Crisis at Federal Prisons Highlighted in Oregon

    >An inmate at a federal prison in Oregon faked a suicide attempt to obtain medical treatment for a serious infection because health care staffing levels were so low that patients were forced to wait days, or even weeks, for basic care, an independent watchdog found. > >The work force shortages at the prison, Federal Correctional Institution, Sheridan, reflect a broader staffing crisis at dozens of facilities run by the Bureau of Prisons, according to a report released Wednesday by Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department. It has spurred long waiting lists for essential medical and dental services, mental health care and drug treatment at Sheridan, mirroring similar problems at federal facilities across the country. > >The minimum- and medium-security prison, just outside the state capital Salem, is emblematic of the worsening conditions at the federal prisons bureau, which operates more than 120 facilities — many in need of serious repairs and struggling to fill hundreds of high-stress, relatively low-paying jobs.

    Bolding added, archived at https://ghostarchive.org/archive/1DRda

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    boltsmag.org Minnesota Just Became The Latest State to Eliminate Prison Gerrymandering

    A new law will end the practice of counting incarcerated people where prisons are located, which skews political power within the state.

    Minnesota Just Became The Latest State to Eliminate Prison Gerrymandering

    >In 2010, ahead of the decennial redistricting process, Minnesota’s legislature considered adopting a bold reform: It would stop counting state prisoners as residents of the districts where they were incarcerated, and instead count them as residents of the districts from which they hailed before prison. At the time, this was a fairly novel idea; only two states had taken a similar step. > >The proposed reform would have ended what is known as prison gerrymandering, which distorts census counts by inflating population totals where prisons are located—typically rural, politically conservative areas—and lowering them in the places prisoners come from, disproportionately communities of color in urban centers. But Minnesota lawmakers rejected the change in 2010, which, as ever, gave extra political clout to prison communities. After that year’s redistricting cycle, the Prison Policy Initiative found that at least five county and municipal districts in the state had their populations inflated by at least 16 percent, by counting state prisoners, who cannot vote, as local residents. > >Minnesota lawmakers again considered fixing this ahead of the 2020 redistricting cycle, and again failed to approve two different legislative proposals, leaving the skewed counts intact on its current political maps. By that cycle, prison gerrymandering bans had become more common, with more than a dozen states adopting reforms in time to affect maps redrawn after the 2020 census. (In addition to states that ended prison gerrymandering in time for the 2020 cycle, Maine and Illinois have also passed bans that will apply for the first time during the 2030 cycle.) > >After 14 years of deliberation, Minnesota finally got on board last week: Democratic Governor Tim Walz signed into law a ban on prison gerrymandering in the state. The reform is part of an omnibus elections finance and policy bill that contains other provisions meant to protect voting rights and expand ballot access in general.

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524115446/https://boltsmag.org/minnesota-ends-prison-gerrymandering/

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    Millions raised for Arizona sheriff's animal shelter that was never built. Where did the money go?
    www.azcentral.com Millions raised for sheriff's animal shelter that was never built. Where did the money go?

    A nonprofit founded by former Sheriff Paul Penzone to construct a new animal shelter raised money but built nothing. What happened to MCSO MASH?

    Millions raised for sheriff's animal shelter that was never built. Where did the money go?

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524113740/https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2024/05/23/paul-penzones-joe-arpaio-jail-animal-shelter-mcso-mash-sheriff-maricopa-county/71496466007/

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    NY Governor Hochul Quietly Nominates A Permanent Prison Chief
    nysfocus.com Hochul Quietly Nominates A Permanent Prison Chief

    The Senate will consider Daniel Martuscello III’s bid to run New York’s prison and parole agency. His supporters point to his decades of experience. His…

    Hochul Quietly Nominates A Permanent Prison Chief

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524114032/https://nysfocus.com/2024/05/22/hochul-quietly-nominates-a-permanent-prison-chief

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    High Court Sides With Federal Prosecutors Over Repeat Offender Sentencing
    www.law360.com High Court Sides With Gov't Over Repeat Offender Sentencing - Law360 Pulse

    A state drug conviction can trigger a mandatory 15-year sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act if it involved a drug on the federal schedules at the time of that conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

    High Court Sides With Gov't Over Repeat Offender Sentencing - Law360 Pulse

    >Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. > >The 1984 "three strikes" law mandates a 15-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm if the defendant has been previously convicted of three violent felonies or "serious drug offenses," and the case dealt with when that mandatory minimum sentence should be applied when it comes to drug crimes. > >... > >... Justice Alito wrote that the ACCA "requires sentencing courts to examine the law as it was when the defendant violated it, even if that law is subsequently amended." > >Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote the dissent, joined by Justice Elena Kagan, and in part by Justice Neil Gorsuch. > >Justice Jackson wrote that the relevant text of the act "establishes that courts should apply the drug schedules in effect at the time of the federal firearms offense that triggers ACCA's potential application." > >"Nothing else — not precedent, context or purpose — requires a different result," she wrote.

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240524113537/https://www.law360.com/pulse/dc-pulse/articles/1812236/high-court-sides-with-gov-t-over-repeat-offender-sentencing

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    Total Recall
  • Gerrymandered Congress, no campaign finance laws, bought and paid for judiciary - Allow us to introduce ourselves

  • Senate border bill exposes Democratic divisions as White House attempts to ramp up pressure on GOP
    www.cnn.com Senate border bill exposes Democratic divisions as White House attempts to ramp up pressure on GOP | CNN Politics

    The Senate will vote Thursday on a border security bill that is dividing the Democratic caucus and failed earlier this year, exposing rifts within the party even as they try to shift the narrative on border security.

    Senate border bill exposes Democratic divisions as White House attempts to ramp up pressure on GOP | CNN Politics

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240523152836/https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/23/politics/senate-border-bill-vote/index.html

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    Mexico's drought, heatwave and water shortage are so bad even police are blocking traffic in protest
  • And the US government is going to hold a vote on a plan to make it harder for people to migrate today

  • Trump lashes out after DOJ reveals classified documents were found in his bedroom
  • Maybe they were doing an attempt at meta humor based on people talking past each other? Idk, this thread is an impressive mess.

  • Blinken says he wants to work with Congress to penalize International Criminal Court
  • Super cool, love to see my Democratic administration pulling ideas from first term George W Bush /s

  • Blinken says he wants to work with Congress to penalize International Criminal Court
  • Super cool, love to see my Democratic administration pulling ideas from first term George W Bush /s

  • After Torturing Him, U.S. Breaks Guarantees of Safety to Former Guantánamo Detainee
  • So why did the US's lawyer promise his lawyers this wouldn't happen if they had no way to guarantee it? And why couldn't anyone at the State Department at least write a letter expressing any kind of concerns over this to Algeria?

    The notion that the US is powerless to do anything to a country we've provided with millions of dollars of military aid and investment is naive bullshit. If we so much as raised an eyebrow they'd have let this guy go in a heartbeat, the Biden administration just doesn't want a "White House helps suspected terrorist get out of prison" headline in an election year, human rights and the reputation of our lawyers be damned.

  • Arrested. Injured. Suspended. These Six NYC university students say they'll keep protesting.
  • It was and is a shame these things have to be so hard and lead to so many voices for justice getting hurt and traumatized

  • US-Congolese father killed while his son begs for his own life alongside Maryland cannabis dealer after bungled coup to overthrow DR Congo President
  • I understand where you're coming from, but I'd really prefer for community downvotes and comments to neutralize that problem, I think it's a good thing to know what the reactionary morons that write for things like this and the NY Post are saying (though, yeah, the idea of other people reading it and maybe taking it seriously concerns me, so again I understand where you're coming from)

  • In Chicago's Immigration Court, One of the Largest in the US, Only One in Four Have an Attorney
  • I mean, a little bit of searching and reading shows the Democratic party has been inexcusably awful on the issue of allowing people to immigrate here and claim asylum as well (like, there's a reason Obama got called "deporter in chief," and the bipartisan border security bill Schumer is flogging recently is depraved trash)

    Of course, as is the case with so many other issues, the Republican party are genuinely monstrous on this and aren't just doing it in a misguided attempt to win votes (they plan to get rid of the need to do that at all), meaning there's no reasoning with them and they just need to be defeated.

    So, yeah, vote for Democratic candidates, but also write your lawmakers and let them know there are voters out there that want them to actually do better on this.

  • ‘Meet Baby Olivia’: anti-abortion groups target US sex-ed classes
  • It looks nice, but the only reason she can afford it is because it's in a crappy state where nobody wants to live

  • Donald Trump foreign policy advisers met Israeli PM Netanyahu, source says
  • Until openly committing treason like this gets one of these Republicans executed they'll keep doing it

  • The U.S. was set to move 11 detainees out of Guantanamo. Then Hamas attacked Israel.
  • Whenever there's a choice between doing the right thing and doing the politically expedient thing, you can count on the Biden administration to attempt the latter and somehow still fuck that up

  • Overthrow a Government and Install a Puppet Dictator? The CIA will do it for Bananas!
  • Huh, well this is one of those things I'm going to see everywhere now

    Melvin Conway and Hannah Arendt probably could have had a really fascinating with each other comparing ideas in computer and political sciences

  • prisonjournalismproject.org Both Prisons and the Public Rely On Incarcerated Writers

    New York tried to limit art and writing behind bars. Here’s why that would have been bad.

    Both Prisons and the Public Rely On Incarcerated Writers

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240521114322/https://prisonjournalismproject.org/2024/05/20/prisons-and-public-need-incarcerated-writers/

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    California blew it on bail reform. Now Illinois is showing it works.
    www.latimes.com Editorial: California blew it on bail reform. Now Illinois is showing it works

    California got cold feet on bail reform as voters rejected a groundbreaking program to eliminate money from pretrial release decisions. Now Illinois shows it can work.

    Editorial: California blew it on bail reform. Now Illinois is showing it works

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240521114354/https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2024-05-19/illinois-bail-reform-works

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    ShotSpotter Showdown Set in Chicago Amid Fierce Debate Over Value of Gunshot Detection System
    news.wttw.com ShotSpotter Showdown Set Amid Fierce Debate Over Value of Gunshot Detection System

    Ald. David Moore told WTTW News he will force a vote on an order that accuses Mayor Brandon Johnson of having “usurped the will of the City Council and their ability to represent constituents” by canceling the city’s contract with SoundThinking, which operates the ShotSpotter gunshot detection syste...

    ShotSpotter Showdown Set Amid Fierce Debate Over Value of Gunshot Detection System

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240521113921/https://news.wttw.com/2024/05/20/shotspotter-showdown-set-amid-fierce-debate-over-value-gunshot-detection-system

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    Arrested. Injured. Suspended. These Six NYC university students say they'll keep protesting.

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240521114104/https://www.npr.org/2024/05/18/1251915545/pro-palestinian-protests-students-interview-columbia-cuny-hunter-nyc

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    The NYPD's Public Relations Staff has More Than Doubled in the Past Two Years
    nysfocus.com Meet the Cops Running the NYPD’s 86-Member PR Team

    DCPI has more than doubled in size in the past two years. Some of its recent hires have histories of dishonesty and misconduct.

    Meet the Cops Running the NYPD’s 86-Member PR Team

    >In a statement, Brooklyn Councilmember Lincoln Restler pointed to the contrast between the dcpi’s staffing surge and Mayor Eric Adams’s cuts to other city services, including hundreds of layoffs in the Department of Buildings. “It’s stunning to see the nypd Communications Department more than double to 86 staff while so many of our City agencies are struggling to fulfill their mandates without workers.”

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240521114200/https://nysfocus.com/2024/05/14/nypd-dcpi-tarik-sheppard-protests-pr

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    In Chicago's Immigration Court, One of the Largest in the US, Only One in Four Have an Attorney
    www.injusticewatch.org Life in legal limbo: navigating Chicago’s immigration court alone

    Fighting for a chance to stay, many immigrants wade alone through backlogs and attorney shortages that plague the immigration court system.

    Life in legal limbo: navigating Chicago’s immigration court alone

    >Only one out of four immigrants had a lawyer among the 211,096 persons whose cases were backlogged in Chicago as of December 2023, according to TRAC. > >That put the Chicago court among those with lower rates of representation. In comparison, the rate was 49% in California and 44% in New York state. > >But having a lawyer can be essential to navigating the court system — from knowing when their court date is, understanding how to update their address, knowing what immigration relief forms they apply for, as well as ultimately having someone to represent them and plead their case in front of the judge. > >According to the National Immigration Forum, someone’s chance of winning their asylum case is five times higher if they have an attorney to represent them.

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240521113725/https://www.injusticewatch.org/civil-courts/immigration/2024/immigration-court-federal-backlog-attorney-shortages-new-arrivals/

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    deadline.com Judith Godrèche Launched A New Wave Of #MeToo In France, And Now Brings Her Survivors Film ‘Moi Aussi’ To Cannes

    By speaking about her past, Judith Godrèche speaks about sparking a fresh #MeToo wave in a country that has long avoided the issue of sexual abuse.

    Judith Godrèche Launched A New Wave Of #MeToo In France, And Now Brings Her Survivors Film ‘Moi Aussi’ To Cannes

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240519141036/https://deadline.com/2024/05/judith-godreche-moi-aussi-metoo-france-interview-1235907596/

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    www.justsecurity.org Lawsuit Brings to Light New Revelations About 2020 Fraudulent Electors Scheme

    Revelations in the documents released as part of the settlement in Penebaker v. Hitt, a civil lawsuit against false electors in the 2020 presidential election.

    Lawsuit Brings to Light New Revelations About 2020 Fraudulent Electors Scheme

    >In March, our team at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection—along with our co-counsel at Law Forward and Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP—settled Penebaker v. Hitt, a historic lawsuit brought by two Democratic Wisconsin electors against the ten individuals who fraudulently cast ballots for Trump and Pence, as well as two lawyers associated with the Trump Campaign. One of them was Chesebro himself, who already faces a public and legal reckoning for his role in the plot. The other was James Troupis, a top attorney for the Trump Campaign in Wisconsin who, until recently, had escaped significant national scrutiny. > >As part of our settlement agreement, we obtained thousands of emails, text messages, and other records from the defendants, including many from Troupis and Chesebro themselves. These documents, all of which are posted publicly, provide new revelations about the development of the false electors scheme, which should guide public understanding of this element of Trump’s multipronged attempt to nullify his defeat and unlawfully retain power. > >[Editor’s note: The Wisconsin documents are now integrated into a comprehensive timeline of the false electors scheme.] > >This article explores three major themes exposed by the settlement: (1) the role of James Troupis; (2) the earlier-than-understood origins of the plot, just days after the election itself ; and (3) the design of the underlying scheme. > >First and foremost, these documents show that without Troupis, there would not have been a false electors scheme. Troupis leveraged his connections inside Trump’s orbit to operationalize Chesebro’s ideas. Second, the timeline presented by these documents shows how the false electors scheme was hatched much earlier than previously believed by close observers and continued in earnest through the violent insurrection on January 6th. Third, these documents make clear that the scheme was not—as now alleged by Trump’s defenders—a contingency plan in case courts overturned election results. On the contrary, this was a premeditated effort to use fraudulent slates of electors to introduce uncertainty and chaos into the Joint Session, no matter what the courts ruled. To put it simply, the new information obtained as a result of the Penebaker litigation shows that the false electors scheme was not just a lawyerly subplot to a haphazard coup attempt; rather, it was the centerpiece of Trump’s well-orchestrated pressure campaign to dismantle democracy.

    [Some links within omitted]

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240517123222/https://www.justsecurity.org/95670/wisconsin-lawsuit-false-electors-documents/

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    apnews.com Lawyer opens defense of US Sen. Bob Menendez in his corruption trial by blaming his wife

    A lawyer for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is blaming the politician’s wife for his legal problems. Avi Weitzman told a jury at the start of Menendez's corruption trial on Wednesday that the Democrat wasn’t aware his spouse had taken gifts from a trio of businessmen.

    Lawyer opens defense of US Sen. Bob Menendez in his corruption trial by blaming his wife

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240516123211/https://apnews.com/article/bob-menendez-bribery-trial-gold-bars-fdf63f49d335ad70f0e6c8bc7aab52e5

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    www.texasobserver.org ‘You are the best El Jefe!’: Henry Cuellar’s Alleged Brazen Foreign Bribery Schemes

    The powerful Laredo congressman is indicted for allegedly acting as a foreign agent for Azerbaijan and a Mexican bank in exchange for at least $600,000 in bribes.

    ‘You are the best El Jefe!’: Henry Cuellar’s Alleged Brazen Foreign Bribery Schemes

    Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20240516123010/https://www.texasobserver.org/henry-cuellar-indictment-bribery-azerbaijan-mexico/

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