This weekend’s read is a fascinating essay looking at the current Supreme Court and comparing it to its predecessors over the past century, with regard to one question: How business-friendly is the Roberts Court? (Various Supreme Court eras are generally defined by who is the Chief Justice at the time, perhaps giving these justices too much credit for the influence they might have over their colleagues.) The essay is written by two law professors: Lee Epstein at the University of Southern California and Mitu Gulati at the University of Virginia School of Law.
After Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade leaked the night of May 2, the court’s credibility hit an all-time low and the outcome reproductive rights advocates long feared became prematurely real months before a decision had been expected. While the court could theoretically release a different decision when it officially rules on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban this summer, it’s incredibly unlikely, and the draft ruling itself, rooted in anti-feminist rhetoric that quite literally comes out of the 17th century, shows the activist tendencies of the court’s conservative majority.
Content Warning: This article discusses the topic of sexual violence and assault.
Washington leaders joined a growing national protest Tuesday, May 3, after news site Politico obtained and published a Supreme Court draft opinion showing the court has voted to overturnRoe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision ensuring a woman’s right to an abortion.
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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, which would make her the nation’s first Black woman justice, is as remarkable now as it was unimaginable for me as a child or even as a college student.
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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.