So here’s the great irony: we’ve gone from a theory that considers racism inseparable from laws and institutions in American life to the actual enactment of rules and laws that forbid the teaching or consideration of racism as inseparable from American life. Put another way: if there ever was proof beyond a reasonable doubt that critical race theory is reality–that American institutions such as our legislatures and courts are sick to the core with racism–Trumpist Republicans are providing us that proof in spades. They are elevating critical race theory from theory to fact, and from controversy to necessity.
Source: Critical Rage Theory | The Smirking Chimp
There has been a deal made (ODT)
Right-wing media outlets, led by Trump allies at Infowars and Fox News, have waged a months-long campaign to interfere with criminal proceedings against Roger Stone. Now that Stone has been convicted of seven felonies and is facing the possibility of significant jail time, his conservative and far-right media defenders are drumming up support for President Donald Trump to pardon him.
via Inside the right-wing media campaign to rig the justice system to protect Roger Stone and Donald Trump | Media Matters for America
Judges find the US Constitution doesn’t bar a sitting president from state prosecution
Mr Trump is being sued for defamation by a former TV show contestant who claims he groped and kissed her without consent
Dissenting judges said the lawsuit would interfere with Mr Trump’s job as President, and should wait until he left office
via President Donald Trump ‘not above the law’, New York judge says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
It implies that the jury did not comply with the Judge’s directions and the law. In all trials across this nation, juries are warned and directed they must only consider the evidence before the court.
Without the vast majority of us being present at that trial, we can be sure the learned Judge Kidd gave that direction.
critic of the verdict is Andrew Bolt, in an article in the Herald Sun (paywalled) and on Sky News, as reported upon here, where he stated:
“Pell could well be an innocent man who is being made to pay for the sins of his church and made to pay after an astonishing campaign of media vilification.”
Jury’s capacity to discharge their sworn duty to judge only on the evidence presented during trial. In their anonymity, they cannot respond; they are barred by law from responding to Andrew Bolt about their jury room deliberations.
No one else can usurp the jury’s role, only a Court of Appeal can do that.
via Those saying Cardinal Pell is not guilty need to understand how criminal law works
“The people who are going to be speaking in favor of this bill are all going to be paid by the industry … the people who are going to be voting on this bill are often also paid by the industry,” Lucas said.
Lucas was ordered by House Judiciary Committee members to desist from making “personal comments” about members. As Lucas persisted, her microphone was cut off. When lawmakers refused to let her finish speaking, she told them to “drag me off.” Security was called and in a video of the incident she can be seen being dragged from the floor.
“I got dragged out of House chambers … Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee,” Lucas wrote on her blog.
via Woman dragged out of hearing for exposing Big Energy donations (VIDEO) — RT US News
Brandon Russell leads a neo-Nazi group and had bombmaking materials, but a judge granted him the option of bail
Source: Neo-Nazi with explosive materials, framed picture of Timothy McVeigh deemed “not a threat” and granted bail – Salon.com