Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that drop boxes are out, though help in mailing an absentee ballot remains available for now.
Writing for the majority, Justice Rebecca Bradley said state law does not permit drop boxes anywhere other than election clerk offices and only state lawmakers may make new policy stating otherwise — not the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which issued guidance to clerks allowing them. . . .
The decision ensures, for now, that Wisconsin voters with significant physical disabilities may have a friend or family member drop their absentee ballot in a mailbox for them, but such voters may no longer be able to have others return their absentee ballots to a local clerk's office in person.
Channel 3000: Anti-violence groups applaud Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that sex trafficking victim accused of killing abuser can argue self-defense.
The New York Times: California governor pardons woman who killed the man who trafficked her.
The case had reignited criticism of the way that courts treat survivors of abuse, especially those who are adolescents. Criminal justice reform advocates have said the judge in her case did not treat her with enough compassion; Ms. Kruzan, though 16 at the time of the crime, was tried as an adult, and the judge did not permit evidence about the abuse to be presented during her trial, The Los Angeles Times has reported.
The Atlantic: Eliminate presidential immunity.
Since 1973, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) has taken the position, which it affirmed in 2000, that a sitting president may be investigated, but not prosecuted, for crimes. This is now executive-branch law. To defend himself from potential federal and state prosecutions by seeking the office that would immunize him, Trump would be exploiting the constitutional system at one of its most dangerously vulnerable points. . . .
Written at the end of the Clinton presidency, following years of independent-counsel inquiries that took a clear toll on the administration, the 2000 opinion’s attempt to establish a constitutionally grounded distinction between investigation and prosecution seemed remarkably blind to reality. Even on their own terms, neither this opinion nor its predecessor holds water. And they clash with core intuitions about the rule of law in a democracy: for example, that it could not be true, as one Trump lawyer asserted in a federal court proceeding, that a president could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and be immune from prosecution.
Grist: Lawsuits about the psychological harm of climate inaction.
The Hill: How to measure whether incarceration is successful.
The New York Times: Derek Chauvin sentenced to 21 years for violating George Floyd's civil rights.
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