Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Voters with disabilities impacted by Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling on personal delivery of absentee ballots.
Voting in person is extremely difficult for (Timothy) Carey because he has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He would need to bring a portable ventilator and a "boatload of gear" with him to go to the polls, he said. Voting in person would increase the chances he would get COVID, which could easily kill him because of his disability, he said.
He has voted absentee for more than 30 years, but he doesn't see how he can do that in April because he doesn't have the ability to put a ballot in a mailbox himself.
Slate: At confirmation hearings Ketanji Brown Jackson shows she's a great judge, not a politician.
There is no better proof that Jackson is in fact a judge’s judge than the ways in which she described—in painstaking detail—how she approached sentencing in sex offender cases. Jackson laid out her methods, multiple times, in response to a widely debunked smear avoided by most of the GOP senators but seized upon by Sens. Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marsha Blackburn. Jackson was careful to explain the kinds of evidence she must review in those cases, the crime’s impact on victims, and the standards necessary for imposing a statutory sentence. When she described how she did her job, she was spectacular. When distracted by hand-waving about politics that bears no relation to her job, she was apt to get rattled. . . .
It’s quite refreshing to hear a judicial nominee decline the invitation to expound about catchy constitutional philosophy, when that philosophy can get in the way of actually doing law. At the same time, it’s quite depressing to watch that nominee being persistently lectured about her failure to espouse a catchy constitutional philosophy. It suggests, in yet another way, that even a nominee who does precisely what she is tasked with, brilliantly and fairly, isn’t deemed quite qualified unless she does it with all the abundant and ineffable self-confidence and tissue-thin claims to “philosophy” of a mediocre white man.
Courthouse News Service: Three states win injunction blocking rule that focused deportation on the most-dangerous individuals.
"The states have shown that their criminal justice expenditures increase when DHS's detention and removal of noncitizens decrease," (U.S. District Judge Michael) Newman said.
The federal government argued prioritization of removal of the most dangerous illegal immigrants is the most efficient and cost-effective use of its limited resources, but the judge again disagreed and questioned why that meant the agency had to relax its standards regarding the types of individuals who are deported from the country.
Law.com International: Cruise lines liable for violating laws on visits to Cuba.
A Miami federal judge has ruled that four major cruise lines—Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises—violated a ban on tourism and engaged in “trafficking” of confiscated property by allowing passengers to disembark at a port terminal in Havana that was confiscated decades ago by the communist government in Cuba following the Cuban Revolution.
The ruling, issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom of the Southern District of Florida, represents a rare win for a claimant brought under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act that aims to compensate individuals whose property was confiscated in Cuba.
Commonwealth Magazine: Legislative commission in Massachusetts calls for limits on use of facial recognition technology by police.
Reuters: Exxon loses argument that lawsuit against it is politically motivated.
A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday barred Exxon Mobil Corp from arguing improper, political motives were behind the state's attorney general suing the oil company for allegedly misleading consumers and investors about its role in climate change.
Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Peter Krupp in Boston struck 12 of the 38 defenses Exxon put forward to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's lawsuit, including that the Democrat was trying to delegitimize its views on climate change.
She sued Exxon in 2019 following a three-year probe, alleging it downplayed the impact its fossil fuel products had on climate change and the risks it posed to its business, in an effort to boost profit and its stock price.
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