Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Supreme Court dismisses challenge to delays in prosecution; man held in pretrial custody for 847 days.
Supreme Court Justices Rebecca Dallet and Ann Walsh Bradley disagreed with the majority decision. In a dissenting opinion written by Dallet, the two said there are systemic issues with the process for appointing lawyers for indigent defendants.
The judicial system failed Lee twice and, by dismissing the case, the Supreme Court failed him again, according to the dissenting opinion.
WPR: Wisconsin Supreme Court hears challenge to Madison schools' transgender policy.
The policy, which has been in place since 2018, states that students "will be called by their affirmed name and pronouns regardless of parent/guardian permission to change their name and gender." The policy also states that school staff "shall not disclose any information that may reveal a student's gender identity to others, including parents or guardians."
WILL attorney Luke Berg told justices that this violates the constitutional rights of parents to raise their children the way they think is best, urging the court to block the entire policy.
Politico: President Biden addresses country following school shooting.
“For a year, we’ve called on the president to name a national gun prevention director, and we’ve called for him to declare a national emergency. The White House has acknowledged our pleas but has repeatedly rebuffed us,” said Zeenat Yahya, policy director for March for Our Lives. “That’s unacceptable. Last week, Buffalo. This week, Uvalde, Texas. Everyone in power needs to do absolutely everything they can to fight for our lives. Children are dying. Frankly, we’re livid that the president hasn’t fought harder, and we aren’t the only ones.”
Insider: Texas Republicans who say the answer to school shootings is more guns.
In a Tuesday interview with the conservative Newsmax TV channel, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the right response was to ensure more people had access to firearms to stop shootings.
"People who are shooting people, who are killing kids, they're not following murder laws so they're not going to follow gun laws," he said.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas also rejected calls for tighter gun laws, suggesting that more armed police should be stationed at schools instead.
Slate: U.S. Supreme Court reins in mandatory arbitration in unanimous decision.
Why were all nine justices so receptive to (Attorney Karla) Gilbride’s advocacy? The likely answer is that SCOTUS’ entire arbitration jurisprudence is built on an egregiously atextual and ahistorical reading of the FAA (Federal Arbitration Act). Whether you look at the plain text of the law or the congressional intent behind it, it’s impossible to justify the court’s massive expansion of mandatory arbitration. Savvy progressive litigators can occasionally exploit this foundation of sand, centering real text and history to limit the damage of indefensible precedents.
Above the Law: Group of Duke law students and alumni ask school to drop visiting professor Justice Samuel Alito.
Sometimes, there are consequences to actions. Alito decided that an opinion unmoored from sound legal reasoning was worth it for his political ambitions. That’s his decision, but a law school doesn’t have to ram its head in the sand and keep treating him as a scholar when he does it.
WPRI.com12: Rhode Island legislature approves recreational marijuana.
Associated Press: Delaware governor vetoes recreational marijuana bill.
“I recognize the positive effect marijuana can have for people with certain health conditions, and for that reason, I continue to support the medical marijuana industry in Delaware,” (Delaware Gov. John) Carney said in returning the bill to the state House. “I supported decriminalization of marijuana because I agree that individuals should not be imprisoned solely for the possession and private use of a small amount of marijuana — and today, thanks to Delaware’s decriminalization law, they are not.
“That said, I do not believe that promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is in the best interests of the state of Delaware, especially our young people. Questions about the long-term health and economic impacts of recreational marijuana use, as well as serious law enforcement concerns, remain unresolved.”
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