Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Federal judge expects to issue order next week on disabled voters receiving help for ballot delivery.
(U.S. District Judge James) Peterson said Wednesday in a hearing in the lawsuit that he expects to issue an order by Sept. 2 that will address differences in state and federal law that make it unclear whether voters who are unable to return or mail their own ballot can select someone else to do so for them.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Jacob Blake's uncle files federal civil rights lawsuit.
Justin Blake's federal lawsuit lists as respondents Kenosha County, Sheriff David Beth and several deputies, some of whom aren't identified by name. It claims violations of Blake's right to free speech, excessive force and detention and other causes of action.
Politico: Biden administration issues new rule to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who has long pushed for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, was quick to applaud the Department of Homeland Security’s issuing the rule. He noted that it provides “some stability to DACA recipients and make[s] it more difficult for a future administration to rescind DACA, which is a lawful exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”
“However, this rule cannot provide permanent legal status or fully protect DACA recipients from relentless Republican legal challenges to the program,” Durbin said. “Only Congress can protect them.”
Law & Crime: The legal basis for Biden administration's plan to forgive student-loan debt.
Wired: Now is the time to protect democracy with laws reigning in mass surveillance.
One of the primary tools authoritarian leaders around the world use to control their citizens is mass surveillance. Neil Richards, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, says Congress needs to pass legislation that protects the privacy of Americans so existing surveillance mechanisms can no longer be abused.
“We need a robust federal privacy law, we need robust enforcement mechanisms, we need to somehow rein in the commercial surveillance apparatus because that’s a key component in authoritarian regimes. … They co-opt the existing cameras and sensors,” Richards says. “It used to be that it would be a fascist’s dream to have a camera and a speaker in every home, and of course, we did it to ourselves.”
Daily Journal (Tupelo, MS): Federal court of appeals upholds Mississippi law disenfranchising 10% of voters.
Framers of Mississippi’s 1890 Constitution said the law was designed to prevent Black citizens from voting by targeting crimes they were believed to commit. . . .
Opponents of constitutional provisions for years have pointed out what they view as the hypocritical nature of how the constitutional provision is realistically applied in the criminal justice system. A person convicted of distributing child pornography, for example, can continue to vote in Mississippi’s elections. But a person convicted of writing a bad check can have their voting rights taken away for life.
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