Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Judge Maria Lazar beats Judge Lori Kornblum for Wisconsin Court of Appeals seat.
Above the Law: Justice Amy Coney Barrett tells people to "read the opinion" while signing on to shadow-docket decisions that lack written opinions.
Reason: Sen. Ted Cruz's disdain for public defenders and the U.S. Constitution in comments about Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson.
"She came out of law school, and she clerked for Justice Breyer on the Supreme Court. And she became a federal public defender," Cruz said. "And you and I have both known public defenders. People go and do that because their heart is with criminal defendants. Their heart is with the murderers, the criminals, and that that's who they're rooting for. A lot of the same reasons people go and become prosecutors—because they want to lock up bad guys—public defenders often have a natural inclination in the direction of the criminal. And I gotta say that inclination was not just while she was a public defender, but she carried it onto the bench."
Brennan Center for Justice: Examining our overuse of excessive punishment.
Reckoning requires a commitment to truth-telling, beginning with the tangle of fictions that stand in the way of change: Punishment keeps us safe, justice is found in courtrooms, conflicts are best resolved through an adversarial process, harmed parties need retribution, prisons are places for rehabilitation, punishment ends once one leaves prison, the wealthy and the poor receive equal treatment under the law. Perhaps foremost among the fictions of justice is the notion that monumental racial disparities were necessitated by patterns of crime and demanded by communities of color. A reckoning is needed to set the record straight.
The Oregonian: Federal judge certifies class action lawsuit over how state officials handled COVID in prisons.
WBUR: Massachusetts conviction from 1983 overturned due to juror's remarks about Jews during deliberations.
In her sworn statement, (Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea) Harrington said a sitting juror told the court that, “From the beginning of our deliberations, the forelady of the jury … repeatedly made references to Mr. Jacobson (sic) as being ‘one of those New York Jews who think they can come up here and get away with anything.’ ”
Harrington said (Barry) Jacobsen's conviction was now vacated, and the case against him dismissed. She made her announcements alongside Jacobsen's attorneys, members of The Innocence Project and members of the Anti-Defamation League. . . .
"For nearly 40 years, he was haunted by this wrongful conviction," (Jacobsen's attorney, retired state Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert) Cordy said. "It affected his career, his business, his family and his community. His one hope is that the unveiling of what can go wrong in our criminal justice system — as in this case, whether it disproportionately affects persons of color or other religious groups — will help others similarly situated and in the end prevent future victims of injustice."
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