WUWM: The private attorney assisting Special Counsel Michael Gableman.
Although he lacks a contract or official role in Gableman’s taxpayer-funded investigation, Kaardal has become a de facto lead investigator. A Wisconsin Watch analysis shows roughly half of the chapters in Gableman’s 136-page interim report are based on Kaardal’s work.
Slate: Mark Joseph Stern on Justice Clarence Thomas' erratic reasoning. (Come hear Stern talk at WJI's May 19 event! Register here.)
If embraced by the court, (U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence) Thomas’ view would wipe away precedents limiting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and, in many contexts, race. It would also relegate noncitizens to second-class status, depriving them of the most basic rights. The nation might reasonably expect such a radical diminution of liberty to be rooted in a clear and definitive interpretation of the Constitution. But Thomas offered no such certitude, acknowledging instead that “my conclusions remain tentative.”
Although conservatives often credit the justice for his alleged consistency, he is, in fact, one of the most erratic and capricious justices in the history of the court. In his eternal quest to divine the original meaning of the Constitution, Thomas zigzags wildly between cases, seeking to destabilize the law on the basis of his underinformed stabs in the dark.
The Art Newspaper: U.S. Supreme Court remands case alleging Nazi theft of artwork from Jewish owner.
In a resounding unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court on 21 April vacated Spain’s lower court victory in a dispute over a painting stolen by a Nazi from a German Jew, and remanded the case back to court in California for more proceedings.
The Court did not decide who owns the work, Rue St Honoré, apres-midi, effet de pluie (1897) by Camille Pissarro, which the owner, Lilly Cassirer Neubauer, to get exit visas so she and her husband could flee Germany, sold to a Nazi appraiser in 1939 for a small sum that, as a Jew, she was then barred from accessing. The circumstances of the transfer meant that the lawsuit acknowledged it as a theft or unlawful forced sale. The work is held by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation (TBF), an instrumentality of the government of Spain that manages the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.
The Oakland Press: New book analyzes history of juvenile life-without-parole sentencing.
The Guardian: Florida bride and caterer criminally charged for serving marijuana-laced food to unsuspecting wedding guests.
U.S. News & World Report: Arizona judge rejects lawsuit seeking to keep three Republicans off ballot due to their ties to Jan 6, 2021 rally.
“Therefore, given the current state of the law and in accordance with the United States Constitution, plaintiffs have no private right of action to assert claims under the disqualification clause,” (Maricopa County Judge Christopher) Coury wrote.
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