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Hard Right Billionaires are Spending Lavishly to Reshape State and Federal Courts

by Lisa Graves, Evan Vorpahl and Caitlin Mahoney | Oct 26, 2023 | Legal Affairs

American democracy has a billionaire problem. It’s not just that they’re not paying their fair share of taxes: they’re trying to buy our highest courts to advance their personal agendas, bending the law to their will. Pennsylvania is the latest target of this new brand of billionaire ambition, which used to be focused on acquiring […]

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and Donald Trump

Not the Donald, But the Don – Indicting a Career Racketeer

by Jonathan M. Winer | Aug 15, 2023 | Legal Affairs

Before the indictment of criminal defendant Donald John Trump under the racketeering statute in the State of Georgia, Godfather references were already a cliché. Former New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie recently described Trump and his associates at Mar-a-Largo as “acting like the Corleones with no experience,” in their efforts to hide […]

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Moore v. Harper and the Fire Next Time

by Jonathan M. Winer | Jun 30, 2023 | Legal Affairs

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Moore v. Harper may well be one of the most consequential Constitutional cases affecting the future of American democracy. But its political meaning is as significant as its legal implications. Its wider context is the current court’s crisis of legitimacy, Donald Trump’s attempted coup to overthrow the result of […]

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Backgrounder on Barre Seid, the Billionaire Extremist who Enabled Leonard Leo to Stack the Court and Overturn Roe

by Lisa Graves | Oct 31, 2022 | Legal Affairs, Politics

On August 22nd of this year, the New York Times reported that a secretive Chicago industrialist named Barre Seid had transferred more than $1.6 billion into the control of Leonard Leo, to whom Donald Trump outsourced the packing of the U.S. Supreme Court. (For more on that court-packing, check out Jim Hightower’s piercing series on Leo.) That story by […]

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Death Penalty

Racial Disparities, Cowboy D.A.s, Prosecutorial Impunity, Hanging Judges, and Above All­—Texas;  the Death Penalty’s Time is Up

by Barbara Koeppel | Sep 3, 2021 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Some 4,000-year-old dogmas, like the Bible’s “eye for an eye,” never die. State-sponsored killings have morphed over millennia (from stonings, beheadings, burning at stakes, firing squads, gas chambers, lynchings, and electric chairs to lethal injections) but continue apace. In the United States, the federal government and the 27 states that still impose the death penalty […]

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