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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Prosecutors Will Seek the Death Penalty for Dylann Roof for Charleston Black Church Massacre

Ugh. State is already seeking the death penalty. Question if the feds even should prosecute in a crime that is heinous but seems local (basically hate crime charges provide federal hook). There was already a big move by victims to forgive him and not dwell on revenge. Who knows the details, but there appears to have been an offer of a plea/life imprisonment on the table. Whole thing seems gratuitous even without double jeopardy concerns.

Anti-Abortion GOP Lawmaker’s Wife Goes Public About Own Abortion As A Teen

If you look past the pro-life language (it sounds like central casting), this account is in a fashion pro-choice. She made a bad "choice." She shows the problems of not having the support you need to make said "choice." She doesn't talk about criminalization. And so on. Various rather negative comments, not surprising, but look deeper please. And, I don't know what was really the right choice for her at the time. All teens don't abort.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Washington Primary

The particulars discussed here; Trump likely to win around 75%, being around 1200 in delegates. Kasich almost at Rubio's delegate count. Sigh. Is this thing over yet?! Two weeks?!

Update: Clinton did well in the likely more accurate/democratic primary but as noted in that link, didn't count. The "please Sanders (over the top baby?) when possible" point? Yeah. More: There were various unbound delegates and some have come out for Trump. So, he is over the top. Taking a few days off, but got to toss that in there.

Fun Guests Last Night ... Didn't Like the Bits

She was on Life Unexpected, a show that had potential but not quite good enough writing. Unreal might have been on my list if they stuck with Megyn Price (replaced after unaired pilot but might be on new sitcom) in a key role. Um. That top was a bit distracting. The first guest, even though I'm not a Game of Thrones fan, was fun too. She had fun with accents.

Monday, May 23, 2016


Orders continued to deal with juvenile sentencing and contraceptive mandate cases. Election law case disposed on standing. Alito/Thomas added a lot of material to both orders and opinions (two cases). Use of "amica curiae"; appointment covered here. Meanwhile, Clinton's anti-Heller comment framed as a potentially fairly narrow regulation issue.

Update: Here's a summary of all three cases that might be deemed "baby steps for racial justice." No concurring opinion (Marshall, Breyer/Souter noted support in the past) about ending peremptory challenges etc. As have I. That case is particularly about a unusual case involving a past era where such blatant gotchas were more likely. But, one step at a time.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Did this backwards -- back in the day, watched reruns of the t.v. show, then saw the movie and now read the book (almost a novella). All have their charms, each different in a fashion. The book has her stay alone, the movie has her find someone to love and the show had her more a regular part of small town life. Reruns on a classics channel and YouTube now.


Overall, liked this movie though it seemed a bit off at first -- like we were coming in a few minutes late to an ongoing investigation of the Church. But, that was okay and it was a good ensemble cast -- cf. this to The Big Short as a film, and you can see why it won an Oscar for Best Picture. Catholicism has a lot going for it, but it's pretty f-ed up too.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Abortion Ban

Was blatantly unconstitutional including under Supreme Court precedent though could be attacked on monetary/policy grounds too. The governor used a crafty approach (use as policy warrants!) -- a narrow vagueness reason that would apply to any criminal bill and tacked on an op-ed to change the Supreme Court. Her chances of being Trump's v.p. is trending up.

Friday, May 20, 2016

It's hard sometimes to not say something stupid ... but let's try to respect those who usually do not

In a blog's comments, someone linked "oh fuck" to a notice of Morley Safer dying. I noted that given his age, retirement and health problems that it wasn't that though rest in peace etc. Get a reply about how nice it is I'm telling the person how to react (I'm merely stating my opinion, sorry, don't have some special powers here) to some person s/he admires. Like I'm a little shit. My comment was misguided and so be it. But, you know, I'm not a little shit and there's a way to say someone is wrong without doing that. Get the situation.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


A few more opinions of some mild interest. Two are cited here with the blogger getting something of a special citation. Sotomayor (with Breyer and Thomas) dissented in one statutory matter. A third offered Thomas for the third time today in some fashion not simply to go along with the majority. And, as noted here, I'm sympathetic with the 4-4 results in judicial moderation idea (Garland helps there), but still am a #DoYourJob person.

Update: In a sort of addendum to Glossip, an Oklahoma grand jury report on execution follies was released; Chris Geidner provided summary on Twitter about sixty tweets long. Also, this article suggests how far the Overton Window has shifted. Now is not a great time for it, but perhaps a strong liberal/libertarian nominee would be appreciated.