The failure so far to prosecute regarding the death of Freddie Gray does not mean "no justice" is possible. Justice does involve prosecutions (and how we do them), but in a big picture way, that might be the lesser approach. Prosecution is a last resort with a high bar while there are various other things to do, including civil remedies, political responsibility (see, e.g., 2006 and 2008) and changing policies. See., e.g, racial equality after Brown. And Also: The contraceptive rule is a compromise.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
There will be scheduled summer order days but one more scheduled one before then. Big news today, finally, the union fees case (without comment) will not be re-heard. Thomas/Alito would examine a broad (over $100) disclosure law. I'm open to concerns if the bar is that low. Roberts joined a strong dissent to not taking a case requiring access to IUDs etc. at pharmacies without a religious exception. Somewhat open to concerns if nearby access is available but we are talking time sensitive/constitutional rights (Griswold).
Monday, June 27, 2016
I gave a brief partially negative review of this book and hold to it. But, it covered a lot of ground in a easy to read fashion, plus there were some interesting internal bits too. The story also shows how the courts are not complete independent from both the public and the political branches, the latter by whom is in control when appointments/confirmations occur. Kennedy as a fifth vote today shows just that as does his living constitutional approach.
First, the new Burger Court book co-written by Linda Greenhouse is too heavy-handed on the conservative shift, not enough inside details and found a few mistakes. Somewhat disappointed. Second, the statutory gun case came as expected except Sotomayor joined Thomas' dissent (minus 2A part). Gov. McDonnell won (even Rick Hasen thought he should) unanimously. Breyer wrote the abortion opinion (5-3), RBG concurred to briefly say it was really bad and dissents thought majority were the unreasonable ones. Orders boring.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Rockies disposed of their expensive star SS to the Blue Jays and in part received Reyes (who had a short-lived stint with the Marlins at the end of the day), but had prospects around ready to play. So, after a recent domestic violence incident led to a suspension, Rockies let him go, eating a chunk of money since no team wanted him. So, Mets got him for chump change, but wary myself, the d.v. not helping. But, guess wait and see. ETA: Wary about Conforto last summer but thrived. After a good beginning, he's back to struggling rookie. So, to add to the spare parts, another rookie will replace him for awhile.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Found this book on one of the $1 shelves outside of Argosy. Nice find -- it is a booklet from 1970 that supports a woman having the same right to choose an abortion as they do to choose who to marry. It covers all the bases (privacy, religion, vagueness of mental health exceptions etc.) and holds up very well (even debates on how IUDs work). Exception is a suggestion that maybe husbands should be given right to take part in the decision but even that was hedged.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Started with a statutory criminal ruling not too exciting but with a range of opinions including a tour de force by Alito. Then, warrants required for blood but not breath tests (Sotomayor/RBG disagree on latter). Kennedy (4-3) finally finds an affirmative action program he deems constitutional. And, 4-4 non-decisions for the long pending Dollar General case (net result: pro-tribe) and (surprise/horrible) immigration case. Abortion on Monday.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Found this at the 53rd Street Library. It's a Lithuanian film about young love, finding one's confidence (cutting involved) and the country's apparent fascination with planes. Actually watched the whole thing straight and in one sitting, so has to be decent. Seriously, had a good feel, interesting look (a bit much with the heights/planes at times) and lead very good.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Used to regularly go to the Donnell Library in mid-town but then it shut down. A while ago. Yesterday, it re-opened in a fashion as the 53rd Street Library, a sort of 21st Century affair with even a place (stands type area) you can sit down and eat. Nice. Also went across the street and took advantage of my idNYC card to get a free year membership at MOMA. A lot to see (and hear). Round things off, bought a $1 book at Argosy Books. Charged me tax!