by Dr. Ben Danielson, Sean Goode, and Anita Khandelwal
Young people’s brains are still developing; they are more impulsive than adults and less capable of understanding the consequences of their actions. Researchers, teachers, doctors, and courts all recognize this scientific fact. Unfortunately, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, a self-proclaimed “progressive,” has chosen to ignore and even challenge this science with an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Washington State’s Supreme Court’s decisions providing protections to youth who are prosecuted in the adult system. If successful, he would undo necessary safeguards for young people and exacerbate the racial disparities that plague our criminal legal system. He should withdraw his appeal immediately.
Continue reading OPINION: Satterberg’s Appeal to the Supreme Court Harms Youth, Undermines Science, and Exacerbates Racial Injustice
by Emerald Staff
In a unanimous decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “ … states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College,” according to the Associated Press. The ruling also allowed states to remove and punish electors for voting otherwise.
Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Local Activist
During the last presidential election cycle, Beacon Hill resident and longtime Seattle activist and musician, Esther “Little Dove” John, challenged the then-implicit requirement of Electoral College electors voting in lockstep with the popular vote in Washington.
by Chetanya Robinson
Four years ago Esther “Little Dove” John, then 64, accomplished something she had wanted to do since junior high. She became a member of the electoral college, and in December 2016, joined 538 others across the country to choose the next president of the United States.
John, a longtime Beacon Hill community member, artist and activist whose friends call her Dove, never imagined her choice would cause a ripple that would reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Members of the electoral college are expected to vote for whoever wins the popular vote in their states. But in 2016, ten electors across the country tried, and seven succeeded, in casting a vote for someone else. It was the largest such revolt since 1808.
Continue reading Esther “Little Dove” John: Faithless Elector or Trump Resistor?