by Jim Thompson
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death sentencing system as unconstitutional. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled that a system which places a judge rather than a jury as the final arbiter violates the Sixth Amendment, writes Nina Totenberg at NPR.
At The Atlantic, Teresa Ghilarducci says Social Security is underfunded because policymakers did not predict “how rich today’s rich would be,” explaining that the method for funding Social Security was calibrated to an America with less income inequality.
Elsewhere in The Atlantic, Garrett Epps notes that one of the most important cases of the term – Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association – “will be decided on the basis of no facts at all,” and he criticizes members of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc for routinely making decisions without considering the practical implications of their votes.
In an effort to counter the nation’s elder care crisis, Hawaii may soon become the first state in the union to offer universal long-term healthcare for seniors, reports Rachel M. Cohen at The American Prospect.