The New Republic: It's public defenders v. ACLU in a key gun rights case.
On one side is the American Civil Liberties Union and its New York state counterpart, which contend that the state law is justified to protect First Amendment rights in the public sphere. On the other side are a coalition of New York–based public defender groups who contend that the law actually gives cops a license to discriminate and harm indigent and minority New Yorkers who try to exercise their Second Amendment rights. The result is two starkly different visions of how the law affects civil rights, public safety, and the Constitution.
The Washington Post: The U.S. Supreme Court begins an extraordinarily controversial session.
“The catchy and sinister term ‘shadow docket’ has been used to portray the court as having been captured by a dangerous cabal that resorts to sneaky and improper methods to get its ways,” (U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A.) Alito (Jr.) said in his speech at the University of Notre Dame. “And this portrayal feeds unprecedented efforts to intimidate the court or damage it as an independent institution.”
(The term seems to have first been used not by liberals but by William Baude, a law professor and former clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., to draw attention to a 2015 law review article on the court’s procedures.)
MSNBC: Justice Alito isn't doing the U.S. Supreme Court any favors.
The Hill: Biden on track for record for fewest resettled refugees.
The New York Times: A promise for parole eligibility in 10 years turned into a 50-year wait. And counting.
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