Two cases involved athletes charged with domestic violence. Persky allowed one of them to go to Hawaii, where he planned to try out for the college football team, while the case was pending, and then postponed sentencing to let him return to Hawaii to pursue his education and football after pleading no contest. The recall campaign calls that decision legally questionable and potentially dangerous, although the district attorney’s office said it did not object to the sentencing arrangement. The defendant later served time in jail after violating the terms of his plea agreement. … [Read more...] about Fate of Judge Persky, symbol within #MeToo movement, heads to voters
In Pennsylvania, for instance, poll watchers must reside in the county in which they are watching the polls. The Trump campaign has gone to court to try to overturn that law, which makes it harder for Republicans to find enough poll watchers to deploy to every polling place in Democratic strongholds such as Philadelphia. … [Read more...] about What are poll watchers and what do they do?
“I made an appointment for a new photo ID at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and couldn't get an appointment until January 2021," said Buchert. “I think with the coronavirus pandemic, we’re going to see problems across the country as trans people try to update their IDs in time for the election.” … [Read more...] about Transgender Americans Face Voting Barriers in 2020 Presidential Election, Study Finds
But will they, especially COVID-wary seniors? Infectious disease experts are warning of a cold-season coronavirus surge in the fall that begins building before Election Day. According to an account in Axios, the concern that seniors might stay home on November 3 for fear of COVID led House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections Google, Apple, eBay to meet virtually with lawmakers for tech group's annual fly-in Discord over state and local funds plagues coronavirus talks MORE (R-Calif.) to warn Trump that his attack on mail-in voting will hurt him and other Republican candidates in November. … [Read more...] about How Trump’s false attacks on mail-in voting could backfire on him
Tonally, the speech seemed a tad … aggressive. “It could have used a little bit of, I don’t know, self-deprecating humor,” says one Federalist Society member who attended. But if the evening felt at times like a campaign rally, that was by design. The point of the Federalist Society is to make room for conservative jurisprudence — and that means, in part, finding ways for right-wing judges to let their hair down. (No transcript of Gorsuch’s speech was made available, but I obtained a recording from someone who attended.) There is a concept known as judicial drift — or “the Greenhouse effect,” after the Times writer. “You get these good conservative justices, they move to D.C., they get on the Court, D.C. is a liberal area, the media is liberal, they want approval, start tempering their conservatism, and drift to the left,” explains Amanda Hollis-Brusky, a Pomona College political scientist. “What the Federalist … [Read more...] about Little Scalia