The United States Supreme Court and its non-partisan, non-hack majority opened for business on Monday. The first order was to briskly clear away some of the accumulated legal dust bunnies from the non-partisan, non-hack Court’s non-partisan, non-hack precincts. These included telling the citizens of Washington, D.C. and some poor souls in Tennessee to pound sand. From The Hill:
The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal by Washington, D.C., residents over their lack of voting rights in Congress. The justices’ move affirmed a lower court ruling that held that D.C. residents are not entitled to voting representation in the U.S. House. In a brief unsigned order Monday, the justices indicated their ruling was based on a Supreme Court decision from more than two decades ago that found that Washingtonians do not have a constitutional right to a vote in Congress.
Speculation on the premise that, if it were populated largely by white Republicans, D.C. already would have a flag, a governor, indicted state legislators, a state song, and an FCS state university is, of course, unwarranted due to the non-partisan non-hack nature of the Court.
Also, a case of dubious qualified immunity was briefly dispensed with. From The Hill:
The lawsuit was brought by the mother of the victim, Willie Gibbons, who was shot and killed in 2011 by a New Jersey state trooper while Gibbons was holding a gun to his own head.
For her part, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wondered if the lower-court ruling wasn’t just a bit of a pro-police bag job. She was the only one who did.
In dissenting from the court’s denial of Gibbons’ appeal, Sotomayor said the lower appellate court had “erred by improperly resolving factual disputes” in Bartlet’s favor, and overlooked “binding precedent to conclude that he did not violate a clearly established constitutional right.”
That’s not bad for before lunch on your first day back. Oh, and for those of you who have not yet had a purging bout of projectile nausea, Monday was the first day that non-partisan, non-hack Justice Amy Coney Barrett actually sat in the seat once graced by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Have a nice term, everyone!
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