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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Supporters of a fair census and just apportionment could not have a better advocate than @dale_e_ho  . His arguments at the Supreme Court today—much like his arguments in the citizenship question case—are superb. He is a better originalist than the court's putative originalists.

If you’ve never heard Scalia deride the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance requirement as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” it’s worth a listen. That requirement, which SCOTUS dismantled, would’ve blocked so many voter suppression measures in effect this election.

Gorsuch (left) plays amateur scientist, saying NY must open houses of worship if it opens liquor stores and bike shops. Sotomayor (right), citing the actual science, says Gorsuch is playing “a deadly game in second guessing the expert judgment of health officials.”

This is a surprise: Amy Coney Barrett begins by telling Wall that, as Breyer pointed out, "a lot of the historical evidence and longstanding practice really cuts against your position." She then suggests that excluding undocumented immigrants may go against Founding-era practice.

Here's my main takeaway right now: @dale_e_ho  is in the very top tier of attorneys who have argued before the Roberts Court. It is simply impossible to improve upon what he just did. Stellar, flawless advocacy—and this is only his second time arguing before SCOTUS.

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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.

WOW: By a 5–4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court reverses a lower court order extending the deadline for mail-in ballots in Wisconsin. All four liberals dissent. The conservative majority just effectively threw out thousands of ballots. Incredible. Link coming soon.

This is incredible: 1. North Carolina GOP Sen. Alexander walks into the redistricting room and discovers that his district has been made competitive. 2. He quietly slices up the district to cut out Democratic voters. 3. He gets caught. 4. He announces his retirement.

ICE arrested a dreamer, revoked his DACA status, placed him in detention, and attempted to deport him, claiming he was a gang member. A federal judge just ruled that ICE was lying—brazenly, intentionally, repeatedly, and illegally.

Alabama killed a Muslim man tonight who wanted his imam by his side when he died. The state offered a Christian chaplain or nothing. It was one of the most clear-cut cases of religious discrimination in recent memory. And SCOTUS’ conservatives didn’t care. So he died alone.

Brett Kavanaugh’s stunning opinion last night should be a huge story today. It cast aspersions on mail ballots. It’s riddled with errors. It endorses a theory too radical for the Bush v. Gore majority. It’s a preemptive attack on our election’s integrity.

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