Wisconsin Public Radio: Judge threatens to fine Assembly Speaker over Michael Gableman's failure to comply with court order.
"What you're telling me is Mr. (Robin) Vos hired a contractor who should be under his control, and he's just run amok and is flatly refusing to follow any of the court's guidance or orders," (Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie) Bailey-Rihn said. "That leaves me to think that they're hiding something."
Bailey-Rihn told (attorney Ronald) Stadler that she wanted a sworn affidavit from (Michael) Gableman answering several questions about the records request from American Oversight, including who worked for Gableman from June 1, 2021 until Aug. 30, 2021, where they stored digital records, what attempts they took to produce those records, and which records had been destroyed.
"I'm really skeptical when I can't get an answer from the person who has the answers," Bailey-Rihn said.
Slate: Mark Joseph Stern (who spoke at our event last night!) on some states' quick expansion of abortion protections.
The Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer, transforming a constitutional right into a policy dispute subject to the whims of each state’s political process. Republican-controlled legislatures—as many as 22 of them—have already teed up abortion bans that will spring into effect once Roe falls. But what about blue and purple states, where a majority of the country resides? These states are about to become the chief battleground for reproductive freedom. And while the post-Roe future is not even here quite yet, progressives are doing a remarkably good job preparing for the next phase of the fight.
Indeed, one irony of Roe’s demise is that it has prompted many of these states to make abortions easier and cheaper to obtain. The Supreme Court’s hard-right turn has had the unintended consequence of making abortions much more accessible in many parts of the country.
U.S. Department of Justice: Attorney General appoints director of Office for Access to Justice.
CNN: ATF Report shows that U.S. yearly gun production has nearly tripled since 2000.
The report is part of an ongoing efforts from the Biden administration to address the gun violence epidemic in America.
"We need to know who is using guns in crimes so we can focus our enforcement efforts on those individuals, And this data does just that. It helps us tailor our approach at the most significant drivers of gun violence and take those shooters off the streets," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Tuesday, speaking to federal and local law enforcement officials from around the country to mark the beginning of a two-day national summit focused on reducing violence.
San Francisco Chronicle: Federal appeals court rules that 2018 legislation allows hemp form of cannabis.
The court said Delta-8 THC has “psychoactive and intoxicating effects” like those of marijuana, but is not a marijuana product, was not explicitly banned by laws against marijuana and other drugs, and became legal when Congress allowed the growing and marketing of hemp, an action spearheaded by then-Senate Majority Leader Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“Regardless of the wisdom of legalizing Delta-8 THC products, this court will not substitute its own policy judgment for that of Congress,” Judge D. Michael Fisher said in the 3-0 ruling. If the legalization was inadvertent, he said, Congress can change it.
Above the Law: Fifth Circuit essentially destroys SEC.
The Fifth Circuit gutted the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, deciding that the Seventh Amendment demands that the SEC can’t use Administrative Law Judges and must send every minor securities infraction to an Article III court to get dragged through a jury trial.
Because Thomas Jefferson never thought about credit-default swaps.
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