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The Supreme Court Is Headed Back to the 19th Century

Adam Serwer The Atlantic
The justices again appear poised to pursue a purely theoretical liberty at the expense of the lives of people of color. Those who wish to see justice in their lifetime will have go to the polls and seize it.

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John Rawls, Socialist?

Ed Quish Jacobin
The author of this book, writes reviewer Quish, "makes a powerful case for a 'socialist constitutionalism' that deserves a place in contemporary debates on the Left."

Who Killed Habeas Corpus?

Lynn Adelman Dissent
The destruction of habeas corpus—the constitutional protection against unlawful imprisonment by a state court—may be the most tragic development of the modern legal era.

Raising Consciousness About The Color of Law

Steve Early CounterPunch
In it, he documents how racial segregation in housing did long-term damage to African-American family wealth, income, job opportunities, and access to good public education.

New Anti-Protesting Legislation: A Deeper Look

Traci Yoder National Lawyers Guild
Trump’s three executive orders on policing, the large number of state legislatures dominated by Republicans, the pro-policing and pro-business attitude of the current administration, and the constant and growing spontaneous demonstrations protesting Trump all combine to produce an atmosphere in which many powerful interests have a stake in suppressing mass dissent.

Important Decision in Bethune-Hill: VA Racial Gerrymandering Case

Richard Pildes Election Law Blog
As Justice Kennedy writes: “Yet the law responds to proper evidence and valid inferences in ever-changing circumstances, as it learns more about ways in which its commands are circumvented.” This is a strong signal to lower courts not to apply prior cases formalistically or mechanically, but to ferret out unconstitutional racial gerrymanders that take ever-evolving form.
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