by Jim Thompson
Garrett Epps at The Atlantic discusses the partisan implications of three forthcoming Supreme Court cases.
At The New Republic, Lawrence Goldstone explains that the decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission has misguided legal roots in “a series of late nineteenth century Supreme Court rulings that disemboweled the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments and ushered in the Jim Crow era.”
Catherine Fisk at On Labor argues that Justice Antonin Scalia’s frequent opinion that public employees have minimal free speech rights “should require him to reject the First Amendment challenge to union fair share fees in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association.”
At Vice, Max Rivlin-Nadler explains why budget constraints are undermining defendants’ right to an attorney in legal proceedings. This story is part of a larger series on mass incarceration in America.