Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Don't Believe the Myth - Trump Could Absolutely Be Indicted

With Michael Cohen’s very public incrimination of the president, the word of the week is “indictment.” Whatever your angle on indicting the president, there’s an oped—or article—to argue it. But that’s all that’s available: argumentation. And despite the attempt to make the dueling positions seem well-matched, there’s a clear winner: Trump can be indicted.

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This Trump Judicial Nominee Was So Racist Even Republicans Couldn't Support Him

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Guam. Only one other Trump appellate nominee has withdrawn, the ignominious Brett Talley, now relegated to vetting others for judicial nominations. 

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This Disgusting Scheme to Enrich Cops by Starving Prisoners May Soon Be Scuttled

Alabama’s sheriffs have been getting rich off of prisoners for decades thanks to purportedly ambiguous pre-World War II statutory language that lets them keep “excess” food funds. With that distorted incentive to keep expenditures low, sheriffs have been subjecting prisoners to sustenance that ranges from unappetizing to inadequate to unsafe.

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The Architects Behind Violence in Charlottesville May Have Doomed the Alt-Right

One of the biggest cases of the year isn’t before the Supreme Court; it doesn’t involve an adult film star, corrupt operatives, Russia, or the president. It pits celebrities of a different type against one another: superstar litigators Karen Dunn and Roberta Kaplan—who argued the landmark gay rights case United States v. Windsor—are taking on ignominious white supremacist Richard Spencer and 24 of his ilk who planned, executed, and celebrated the Charlottesville riots together.

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Study Shows Judges Appointed by Republicans Are Way More Racist Than Others

The study was sui generis: Two Harvard Law professors, Alma Cohen and Crystal S. Yang, set out to analyze 1,400 federal judges’ sentencing practices over a 15-year period affecting more than 500,000 defendants. The results were predictable but disheartening.

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I Sued President Trump for Blocking Me on Twitter - And I Won

I wrote about what it’s like to sue the president after we went to court in early March. Now I get to write about what it’s like to win a lawsuit against him. (Spoiler alert: It’s beyond surreal.)

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