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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

“Why Democracy Hasn’t Settled the Abortion Question; Post-Roe voting might bring America to a new consensus — but only if the voters keep getting their say”: Kate Zernike of The New York Times has this report.

And Katie Rogers of The New York Times reports that “Harris Will Tour the Country in Support of Abortion Rights; The vice president has been the administration’s most forceful voice for abortion rights in the year and a half since Roe v. Wade fell.”

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“Boston’s racial balancing of elite public schools upheld by First Circuit; Favoring one race over another can be constitutional, the court said, as long as the method of doing so is neutral on its face”: Thomas F. Harrison of Courthouse News Service has this report.

And Daniel Wiessner of Reuters reports that “US court rejects race bias claims over Boston school admission policy.”

You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit at this link.

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“O’Connor, a ‘Daughter of the American West,’ Is Honored in Washington; President Biden remembered the Supreme Court’s first female justice as ‘gracious and wise, civil and principled’ in a ceremony at Washington National Cathedral”: Abbie VanSickle of The New York Times has this report.

Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff and Mariana Alfaro of The Washington Post report that “Sandra Day O’Connor ‘empowered generations of women,’ Biden says in eulogy.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Mark Walsh has a post titled “A Washington send-off for Sandra Day O’Connor.”

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“Will the U.S.Supreme Court Keep Donald Trump Off the Ballot? Some Initial Thoughts.” Rick Hasen has this post at his “Election Law Blog.”

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“How a Trump Supreme Court finalist ruled bigly against his side; With the high court potentially taking up two major Jan. 6 issues involving Trump, a reminder of how GOP-nominated judges haven’t toed his line”: Aaron Blake of The Washington Post has this news analysis.

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“Amarillo City Council says it needs more time to debate abortion travel ban; After weeks of debate, the council took no action at a politically-charged meeting Tuesday; It is the largest city in Texas to debate such a rule”: Jayme Lozano Carver of The Texas Tribune has this report.

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“How Leonard Leo’s Dark Money Network Orchestrated a New Attack on the Voting Rights Act”: Ari Berman has this essay online at Mother Jones.

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“Appellate Court Says U.S. Can’t Cut Through Texas Border Wire Along Rio Grande; The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a temporary order, limited the federal government while a challenge by the state of Texas was pending”: Edgar Sandoval of The New York Times has this report.

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“Prosecutors Try to Nudge Trump Election Case Ahead Despite Freeze on the Case; The office of the special counsel sent documents to the former president’s legal team, even though the proceedings are on hold; The defense lawyers were not pleased”: Alan Feuer of The New York Times has this report.

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“Colorado Supreme Court bars Donald Trump from the state’s ballot in 2024, ruling he’s disqualified by Jan. 6 actions; Legal challenge, which alleges Trump engaged in insurrection, is likely headed to U.S. Supreme Court”: Nick Coltrain of The Denver Post has this report.

Patrick Marley and Azi Paybarah of The Washington Post report that “Trump disqualified from Colorado’s 2024 primary ballot by state Supreme Court; The decision is certain to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it will be up to the justices to decide whether to take the case.”

Mariah Timms of The Wall Street Journal reports that “Trump Disqualified From 2024 Presidential Primary Ballot, Colorado Supreme Court Rules; State high court says GOP front-runner barred by 14th Amendment’s ban on insurrectionists holding office.”

John Fritze, Aysha Bagchi, and David Jackson of USA Today report that “Donald Trump disqualified from Colorado’s primary ballot, state high court rules.”

And Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times reports that “Colorado Supreme Court orders Trump removed from ballot for Jan. 6 ‘insurrection.’

You can access today’s 4-to-3 per curiam ruling of the Supreme Court of Colorado at this link.

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“Another Dobbs Leak!” You can access today’s new episode of the “Advisory Opinions” podcast, featuring Sarah Isgur and David French, via this link.

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“‘Cuties’: Netflix Wins Appeal Blocking Child Porn Charges.” Gene Maddaus of Variety has this report.

Ross A. Lincoln of The Wrap reports that “Appeals Court Rules Texas DA’s ‘Cuties’ Child Porn Charges Against Netflix to Be ‘Bad-Faith Prosecution’; 5th Circuit Court decision upholds 2022 lower court ruling.”

And Dominic Patten of Deadline has a report headlined “Don’t Mess With Netflix: Lone Star State D.A. Loses ‘Cuties’ Battle With Streamer Over Child Porn Claims, Again.”

Circuit Judge Don R. Willett wrote yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel.

Posted at 11:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“Threats rising against federal judges; court watchers blame political rhetoric”: Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times has this report.

In related coverage, Josh Gerstein of Politico reports that “Florida man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Supreme Court justice; The chief justice was his target, a court-ordered psychologist report says.”

Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida issued a news release titled “Fernandina Beach Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill A United States Supreme Court Justice.”

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