Mark Joseph Stern

Mark Joseph Stern


Slate writer, lawyer, amateur dog walker. DO YOU HAVE A LINK TO THE RULING? mark.stern@slate.com Fun stuff goes on Instagram: https://t.co/FebDcPGt9E

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I spoke with @ProfCAnderson  about the public defenders and legal aid attorneys urging the Supreme Court to strike down New York's concealed carry ban, as well as growing movement on the left that views gun control as an obstacle to racial justice.

Rick makes a crucial point that I tried to get across here: If Congress had passed Brnovich v. DNC in the form of legislation, there would be nationwide outcry—massive protests, marches, and backlash. But because SCOTUS did it, most people barely noticed.

This is the cynical brilliance of Mitch McConnell's judges strategy: Instead of passing unpopular legislation themselves, Republicans can simply pack the courts full of conservatives who will enact GOP policies in the form of judicial decision-making.

DC legalized recreational marijuana in 2015. @DCPoliceDept  still uses marijuana-sniffing dogs to justify warrantless searches. Which is illegal.

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It’s official: With the VP’s vote, Jennifer Abruzzo has been confirmed as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. A fantastic day for unions and the organized labor movement.

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@feliciasonmez  sued under the DC Human Rights Act, which bars workplace discrimination on the basis of one's status as a victim of sexual assault. Here's a snippet of the relevant allegations. She seeks $2 million in damages.

Mo Brooks tried to escape Eric Swalwell's insurrection lawsuit by claiming that he was just campaigning on Jan. 6 ... a legal defense that inadvertently stripped him of immunity from Swalwell's suit in the first place. @Slate 

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On the morning of Jan. 6, Ginni Thomas—wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—endorsed the protest demanding that Congress overturn the election, then sent her “LOVE” to the demonstrators, who violently overtook the Capitol several hours later. She has not posted since.

This story is incredibly alarming. California Republicans are allegedly creating fake drop boxes and tricking voters into depositing their ballots in them. Apparently they’re trying to prove voter fraud is real by committing actual election fraud.

Texas Republicans have asked a federal judge to throw out 100,000 ballots in Harris County cast through curbside voting. They drew Judge Andrew Hanen, one of the most notoriously partisan Republican judges in the entire federal judiciary. This is alarming.

NEW: I spoke with Nick Wallace, the student who is not allowed to graduate from Stanford Law next week because a top member of the school's Federalist Society chapter issued a formal complaint against him for making fun of FedSoc. @Slate 

Biden just fired all 10 of Trump’s appointees on the Federal Service Impasses Panel. Trump had stacked the panel with anti-labor activists who rewrote union contracts to undermine collective bargaining and strip protections from workers. Now all his holdovers are gone.

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Ginni Thomas also led a campaign to identify and oust federal employees whom she deemed disloyal to Trump. She met with the president at the White House to provide him with a list of names she compiled.

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