The Guardian: The U.S. Supreme Court is relying increasingly on ruling through the secretive "shadow docket."
Reason: FedEx allows police and police dogs to search your packages.
At the center of the decision is a little-known agreement allowing law enforcement agencies to seize parcels at the shipping behemoth's sorting centers. Police are permitted to take packages only if a drug dog indicates there may be contraband inside. Individual cops, however, determine which packages merit attention, allowing them to zero in on people's property, dress up as FedEx delivery men, and proceed with arrests if they testify that a drug dog alerted them appropriately.
Reuters: Westinghouse avoids criminal prosecution in $21 million deal.
The American Prospect: U.S Attorney General Merrick Garland is failing his biggest test.
Less appreciated, however, is the fact that these circumstances put one particular corner of the Biden administration—the Justice Department—squarely at the center of the fight over practically every new measure. Add to that the department’s policymaking power and its critical role in holding the last administration to account, and it quickly starts to look like perhaps the most consequential agency in the federal government. In other words, the Justice Department just might hold the keys to this administration’s success. Unlocking it will take urgency, energy, and courage. Sadly, thus far, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s leadership has been devoid of all three.
Looking at the Justice Department’s litigation record, it has at times been easy to forget that it’s a part of the Biden administration at all. Throughout the first half of the year, in cases left over from the prior administration, the DOJ repeatedly defended Trump policies that ran directly counter to the platform on which President Biden was elected.
The Washington Post: Sex-trafficked children are victims, but they are arrested and locked up in Las Vegas.
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