Reprise. Same 5-4 vote, early enough this time. Breyer (with RBG) added that the whole affair underlines the death penalty itself is problematic. The court of appeals said they were bound by the earlier vote though suggested if baby aspirin was used as the sedative, it might be a problem. I question that for at least three justices. Price's last words were: "A man is much more than his worst mistake." He was 19 when he helped to commit the murder. Good summary. There was a June execution scheduled (first botched); he died of natural causes. ETA: I noticed that this time the order regarding the application of stay had this: "applications for leave to file the application for stay and the response under seal with redacted copies for the public record are granted." This was provided for in previous litigation and is part of a general matter of concern (as noted before, Sotomayor flagged it too).
Thursday, May 30, 2019
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Monday, May 20, 2019
I first learned about this interesting book about a girl whose photograph (and presence) was used as an anti-slavery symbol as well as various interrelated stories (including her legal owner being the result -- unclear how exactly -- of a white teenage girl and an older slave) via CSPAN. The author promised to give twenty-five percent of the profits as a form of reparations.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
After Rachel Held Evans' death, I started to read some of her stuff, and just read her book on the Bible (Inspired). Appreciate a religious publisher released this liberal-minded take. On a quite different subject, if with a similar progressive mind-set, The End of Obscenity is a 1960s book (brief 1980s introduction somewhat curiously suggests little change in the law since then) concerning the author's work in defending three books. The title isn't quite accurate but the journey is well worth it. Found it via a book on the Warren Court.
Monday, May 13, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
After re-watching Shadowlands, I obtained the book covering the love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidson, helpfully providing a biographical background of each. The film also had dramatic license regarding their time together (including editing out one of her sons!). Both are good in their own ways, though the book (already short) could have cut out a bit of author quotations. The religious beliefs is less convincing than the love story. To me, God and religion is a sort of poetic metaphor and I am not an author of symbolic fiction.
Monday, May 06, 2019
I saw reference of her death at age 37 (two very young children) and it was followed by a slew of sadness and praise for this progressive evangelical voice (a thing). I was not familiar with her but checking her online writing and Youtube videos suggests why. With all the negativity out there regarding religious matters, much well earned, voices like her are fundamental. To underline it, people expressed how wonderful she was as a person and helper professionally. ETA: She was a fan of Game of Thrones, which I do not watch. Checked out the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (graphic novel) and liked some aspects. It's much darker (see what happens to Harvey alone!) than the cutesy t.v. show on years back. But, don't like the raised from the dead plot much. Sabrina also isn't enough in charge of the story for my liking.
SCOTUS is only scheduled to have a conference this week as it works on all those opinions but Kavanaugh popped up in this extended piece. Like the Mueller Report, the judicial oversight council threw the ball in Congress' court. Will they ignore their responsibilities, including oversight over the executive's failings (my thoughts as to constitutional duties in comments)? See too a reference to Ed Whelan, a conservative troll who got the last laugh. And Also: John Oliver dealt with lethal injection last night; an article on potential problems with nitrogen gas. Veep continues to be disappointing.