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- Justice Kennedy notes that he’s hearing far fewer big civil suits because ““a lot of big civil cases are going to arbitration.” Maybe that has something to do with Kennedy’s own votes to allow big corporations to force their consumers into a privatized arbitration system that overwhelmingly favors corporations.
- Wisconsin’s Supreme Court races have become such a feast of outside money trying to buy elections that several state lawmakers are seriously considering just making the justices become appointed officials.
- Note to public school students, if you write a violent essay about shooting yourself in the head, the school is allowed to do something about it.
- The 6000 prisoner hunger strike in California is starting to achieve results. Prisoners will now receive wool caps in the winter and will be allowed to keep wall calendars.
- Justice Ginsburg rehears one of the Supreme Court’s great anti-precedents — a decision holding that women could be excluded from the legal profession entirely. She came down the other way.
- The Wall Street Journal takes notice of the fact that Rick Perry is suddenly de-emphasizing his belief that Social Security is unconstitutional now that he wants to be president.
- Damon Root notes how conservatives are abandoning judicial restraint now that they are in a position to engage in wild judicial activism.