Mark Joseph Stern

Mark Joseph Stern

Slate writer, lawyer, amateur dog walker. DO YOU HAVE A LINK TO THE RULING? Fun stuff goes on Instagram:

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Here is Justice Alito complaining that “the media and political talk about the ‘shadow docket’ is not serious criticism” but “feeds unprecedented efforts to intimidate the court.”

News: Justice Sotomayor has DENIED a request by New York City's public school teachers to block the COVID vaccine mandate. She did not refer it to the full court. Application:

When a major political party insulates itself from electoral consequences, it doesn't have to worry about backlash from wildly unpopular laws.

Crystal Clanton, the former Turning Point USA staffer and Ginni Thomas assistant with an alleged history of extreme racism, will clerk for Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit.

One of Judge Pryor's current clerks is the guy who brandished a gun during class on Zoom.

The chief executive of Alliance Defending Freedom—a hate group that supports the criminalization of homosexuality and trans-affirming health care—helped draft the notorious lawsuit that tried to overturn the 2020 election by nullifying millions of votes.

Jefferson Griffin, an elected Republican judge in North Carolina (and a white man), declares that there is no racism in America’s justice system—then condemns former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, a Black woman, for claiming that there is.

More from @Sifill_LDF  : “There are many reasons why one might support the idea of expanding the court that don’t have to do with your being beholden to a particular partisan agenda … The framing of this as a purely partisan exercise does a disservice to the commission.”

The American legal profession is afflicted with a myopia that prevents its members from even considering the possibility that there are other, better ways to structure a constitutional democracy. Other countries think our judicial system is insane.


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 

Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are responsible for ending Roe v. Wade. Chief Justice John Roberts explicitly announced that he would block Texas' law. Kavanaugh and Barrett cast the decisive votes allowing the six-week abortion ban to take effect.