WJI's daily reads for Nov. 18, 2021
Above the Law: Trump threatens to sue Pulitzer Prize Board if it won't retract prized for N.Y. Times and Washington Post.
What even is this shit?
Washington Monthly: How the Trump era changed the U.S. Supreme Court.
If the new majority on the Court wants the public to respect it, then it can earn that respect by acting like a Court. Signs so far are that the new majority will act with only token respect for precedent and contempt for transparency. Indeed, the stealth decision to allow Texas to gut abortion rights suggests more than that—it suggests outright lawlessness.
The Hill: Support for stricter gun control lowest since 2014, according to Gallup poll.
AP via WMTV: Parole granted to man who was key in juvenile life sentence case.
Henry Montgomery, 75, was released from prison just hours after the parole board’s decision and went to the offices of the Louisiana Parole Project, a nonprofit which is supporting him after his release. There he was embraced by tearful staff and former juvenile lifers who were freed as a result of the court case that bears Montgomery’s name.
“It feels so wonderful,” said Montgomery during an interview with The Associated Press. When asked what he plans to do now that he is out of prison, Montgomery said he wanted to pay his respects to his mother and grandmother and other family members who died when he was behind bars.
NBC: Oklahoma governor commutes sentence of condemned man, Julius Jones.
State and county prosecutors have said the evidence against Jones is overwhelming. Trial transcripts show witnesses identified Jones as the shooter and placed him with Howell’s stolen vehicle. Investigators also found the murder weapon wrapped in a bandana with Jones’ DNA in an attic space above his bedroom. Jones claims the murder weapon was placed there by the actual killer, who visited Jones’ house after Howell was shot.
The state’s Pardon and Parole Board twice voted 3-1 to recommend Stitt grant clemency to Jones and commute his sentence to life in prison.
“I believe in death penalty cases there should be no doubt, and put simply, I have doubts in this case,” Chairman Adam Luck said in September following the board’s vote.
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