Your three lawyer pals talk about the government shutdown and the judicial automobile exception.
Revisiting the North Carolina Partisan Gerrymander
Follow up on North Carolina — is it still a democracy?
- Supreme Court delays order for North Carolina to redraw maps
- WooCast episode on the North Carolina case
- This really throws our Gill v. Whitford predictions into limbo.
U.S. Government Shuts Down
We find out that there’s no more shutdown!
Washington Post: House votes to end government shutdown, sending legislation to Trump > The House joined the Senate in passing the bill to fund the government through Feb. 8, reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program and roll back several health-care taxes. It passed 81-18 in the Senate and 266-150 in the House.
United States shutdown from 1995-1996
- New York Times opinion piece: Schumer Sells out the Resistance
Ezra Klein thinks the shutdown deal Schumer struck is actually not bad
And if Democrats do need to shut down the government in three weeks, they’ll do so with the Children’s Health Insurance Program funded for six years, rather than seeing it weaponized against them. That’s a big deal, both substantively and politically.
- Townhall: Gutierrez Blasts Senate Deal, Says Dems ‘Not Willing to Go to the Mat’ for Illegal Immigrants
Supreme Court Predictions
- AJ: 7-2 Institute
- Ruchit: 5-4 Ohio
- Tom: 5-4 Institute
- AJ: 5-4 Virginia
- Ruchit: 7-2 Collins with Gorsuch writing the Majority Opinion
- Tom: 9-0 Collins
- Ruchit: 5-4 Byrd Sotomayor writing the Majority Opinion, with the dissent written by Gorsuch.
- AJ: 5-4 Byrd
- Tom: 5-4 Byrd
Afridi used a fake hepatitis vaccination program to try to get DNA samples from bin Laden’s family as a means of pinpointing his location. But he has not been charged in connection with the bin Laden operation.
He was accused under tribal law alleging he aided and facilitated militants in the nearby Khyber tribal region, said Nadeem. Even the Taliban scoffed at the charge that was filed to make use of Pakistan’s antiquated tribal system, which allows closed courts, does not require the defendant to be present in court, and limits the number of appeals, he said.
Afridi hasn’t seen his lawyer since 2012 and his wife and children are his only visitors. For two years his file “disappeared,” delaying a court appeal that still hasn’t proceeded. The courts now say a prosecutor is unavailable, his lawyer, Qamar Nadeem Afridi, told The Associated Press.
If charged with treason — which Pakistani authorities say he committed — Afridi would have the right to public hearings and numerous appeals all the way to the Supreme Court, where the details of the bin Laden raid could be laid bare, something neither the civilian nor military establishments want, his lawyer said.
Afridi spends his days alone, isolated from a general prison population filled with militants who have vowed to kill him for his role in locating bin Laden, said Nadeem
AJ: Sawbones: Coffee
Ruchit: The World Book Club
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