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Spread word: my student & friend #Tavares Calloway was coerced to confess to 5 murders after #Miami police told him his own family was in immediate danger unless he falsely confessed to help them flush out the real killer. He was sentenced to die.…
#Tavares was 19 when 11 officers interrogated him for 18 hours w/o an attorney present. Police admitted to repeatedly lying to him, saying they'd found his DNA/fingerprints at the scene.

In fact, NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OR EYEWITNESS ties him to the crime.
The SOLE EVIDENCE against #Tavares is a confession he signed when police told him his family was in grave & imminent danger. After 18 hrs of questioning, police knew he was protective of his family & deeply devout.
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Today is the 7th Anniversary of the Implementation of #DACA — here is HOW I got to August 15, 2015, to see my life COMPLETELY transformed overnight.

The story begins in 2007, I was a high school senior ready to graduate and ready to go @UCF!

Here's an awk photo of me.
SPRING 2007: I receive a call from an @UCF admissions officer. They told me that my application was missing a Green Card, and that they would be unable to give me in-state tuition w/ot it.

Confused, I asked my mom for a copy of the document — not knowing I didn't have one.
My mother froze and drove me to @FIU to ask if I would go to college. An admissions officer told her that w/o a Green Card, my family wouldve to pay 3X the amount of in-state tuition.

My mother was CRUSHED. I lied and said everything would be OK. It wouldnt be.
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Today, seven years ago USCIS began accepting #DACA applications. When President Obama announced the program in 2012, I was hesitant to apply, but I knew it was the culmination of years of struggle, agony, organizing, empowerment, and passion thanks to undocumented youth.
In 2010, the DREAM Act was being considered. My family wasn’t in tune with politics, but we knew the Dream Act could change my life. My mom told me that if I studied hard I could one day be a citizen thanks to the courage of undocumented activists. But it failed in the senate.
In 2012, President Obama said that #DACA "is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people."
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Let's assume that every family has achievers, and has survivors. And, to keep it interesting, the occasional Fredo thrown in

Who admits that they were the Fredo in their family?
Sports? Definitely the Fredo of the bunch.

Social relationships? Definitely the Fredo of the bunch.
I struggled nearly my entire life with low self-image so even though I wrote briefs that won at #SCOTUS, I sort of thought of myself as the Fredo attorney in our family.
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Waking up to #CuccinelliResign trending, because someone dared revise the text of #TheNewColossus.

It cracks me up when libs lose their minds over this poem, acting like it's settled law. Then their next move it to play the "America is a nation of immigrants" card.
What they fail to acknowledge is that even though we are, their hollow attempts to point out hypocrisy from those of us who had ancestors who came through Ellis Island and other ports of entry had family who...

Over time, our immigration laws have changed. Just as you needed to come through Ellis Island 100+ years ago, we have a new process.

It's this process that the "migrant caravans" (i.e. criminal aliens aka invading foreign nationals) choose to ignore.
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1/ A diverse group of amici and prominent legal scholars just urged #SCOTUS to take an important new religious freedom case. Here’s the story: [THREAD]
2/ Last term, 4 justices—Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh—suggested it was time to reconsider #SCOTUS precedent that “drastically cut back on the protection provided by the Free Exercise Clause.”…
3/ Last month, @BecketLaw filed a cert petition that offers SCOTUS the chance to do just that: reconsider Employment Division v. Smith, and let a devout man have his career back. The case is Ricks v. Idaho Board of Contractors.…;…
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1) When I read NY's Chris Cuomo say
Do you remember what the 2a was created for? That there was no....
2)...individual right contemplated until Scalia read it in?
If you are an originalist about the constitution you have no basis for thinking you and not the state controls access." ~C.Cuomo

It makes me think of..
3) Judge Scalia

Who appeared in the #Wikileaks #PodestaEmails

he was referenced by a "contractor" to John Podesta & the term used was #WetWorks
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1. In part 2 of our latest meme series, we’re taking a closer look at #gerrymandering’s effects on our communities. Let's get into it!

A thread...
2. #RacialGerrymandering is manipulating district lines in a way that dilutes the voting power of Black folk – a method of #VoterSuppression.
3. Let’s use the same ex. from Pt. 1 to look at gerrymandering tactics used to suppress Black votes. 'Cracking' is breaking a voting bloc into multiple districts to keep them from being a majority anywhere, ensuring they have little to no representation.
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1. As @HouseGOP run for the Titanic's lifeboats it will become a rout. Without an incumbent in the district the RNC get out the vote efforts will collapse. Add to that anyone working for Trump will suffer a lifetime of being seen as a white supremacist no competent person will
2. work for the GOP and only the dregs will serve as volunteers. That will translate to a rout in the about 7 to 10 states with @SenateGOP incumbents running. With #MoscowMitch now the face of treason & Trump adding his vile hate to treason the Senate is now clearly in play.
3. And Trump's strategy to fan hate will make the GOP un-electable for much of the country by 2022. After the Democrats run the table on state legislatures in 2020 the redistricting that #SCOTUS says can be politically gerrymandered could result in a House with
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1/ Art. III, Sec. 2 provides "[i]n all Cases . . . in which a State shall be [a] Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction." Does the text of the Constitution grant #SCOTUS the discretion to decline jurisdiction of a case in which "a State shall be [a] Party"?
2/ In Nebraska v. Colorado, Justices Thomas and Alito said #SCOTUS could not decline to exercise jurisdiction in a suit between two states. Federal law provides that #SCOTUS has "exclusive" jurisdiction over such suits.…
3/ Thomas and Alito also noted that #SCOTUS has declined to exercise jurisdiction where only one state is a party. They would reconsider this doctrine.
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My new one @TheAtlantic on a new Paul Clement #SCOTUS petition that could help kill campaign contribution limits? Can Paul get the Justices to weigh in when others have failed?…
Why might Paul Clement be more successful in getting Court to bite on new campaign finance petition? See @adamliptak on lee epstein…
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1/ In April, I flagged a CA11 en banc case concerning Terry v. Ohio. The majority (per J. Pryor) said it was controlled by #SCOTUS precedent. The dissent (J. Jordan) said that the original meaning of the 4th Amendment supported the defendant.
2/ I discuss this exchange in my new draft article, "Originalism and Stare Decisis in the Lower Courts"…
3/ Johnson field a cert petition… He argues that Terry frisks are contrary to the 4th Amendment's original meaning and that the majority "refused to consider Petitioner’s originalist argument." (I disagree with this characterization of Pryor's opinion)
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Let’s talk about racist presidents. [Long, long, long thread]
The condemnations of Trump’s latest racist statements are heartening. And: those who say his comments were “not who we are” or “un-American”—though well-meaning—lack historical perspective.
Racism was a cornerstone of this nation’s founding. And racism has been a foundational operating principle for the vast majority of our presidents. We shouldn’t be so quick to venerate our best intentions without also interrogating our impact.
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When I covered the #SCOTUS for three years, #JohnPaulStevens was one of the great stalwart justices. He was an extraordinary jurist and I feel grateful to have witnessed him on the bench. He penned so many great rulings and dissents.
In 2000, it was Stevens who spoke out against the SCOTUS end run against the election. It was a fundamentally important dissent that was sadly prescient.
Stevens was 99 & died as the result of a stroke he suffered yesterday. His was a life well lived in service to this country,
My thoughts are with #JohnPaulStevens' family and others who loved him. His decency was equal to his intellect. There are few enough about whom that can be said.
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2017 Unanimous #SCOTUS decision - all speech is protected. This Congress and every member who voted yes is in direct violation of Matal vs Tam.

Impeach these fascists.
This resolution is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!

According to #SCOTUS the government may not prohibit speech, even if it is racist. There is not 1st Amendment exception for Hate Speech as decided by a unanimous court in June 2017. This is an outrage. This #Resolution is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Signees should be impeached. #maga
The Government may not restrict or prohibit speech from ANY citizen.

Matal vs Tam
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2020 Dem prez candidate @AmyKlobuchar now admits in an interview with @NPRPolitics that she actually *is* working on a secret list of possible #SCOTUS candidates. /1…
With respect to @realdonaldtrump's public list of SCOTUS justice candidates that he released during his 2016 campaign, @AmyKlobuchar told @NPRPoltics, "[T]hat's just not what I'm going to do." /2
First Democratic candidates and liberal groups like @AFJustice and @NanAron denied an @NYT story reporting that they had a secret list of SCOTUS candidates. Now we are seeing these same groups and candidates admit that they do have lists but are refusing to make them public /3
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We are starting now with opening statements. Stanton Jones is making the case for the plaintiffs in the NC partisan gerrymandering trial #ncga #ncpol
Jones says we will hear testimony from 35 plaintiffs in the case #ncga #ncpol
Jones: This case is about how NC legislative districts have been intentionally and systematically help Republicans win #ncga #ncpol
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1. Why does the 2020 census matter so much? I think it matters in a lot of states but few like it does Texas. If the GOP loses its grip on Texas, IMO, it's finished as an effective political party. Here's why. 36 House seats. 23 @GOP and 13 Dems.…
2. My read of Texas' house and senate says 2020 may see the Dem's take one house. So the map is going to be difficult to gerrymander. Let's take a look at my new BFF & apparent #GRU troll farmer @DanCrenshawTX's TX 2nd. A classic gerrymander.
3. Now that political gerrymanders are okay with #SCOTUS, @TheDemCoalition's goal must be to take the Texas House and/or Senate. 16 of the 31 Senate seats are up in 2020 plus all the House seats. Both houses are close enough to be doable but I defer to Texas folks who know better 2019 Texas House 2019 Texas Senate
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THREAD: Before boarding Marine One, President Trump emphasized why he thinks relying on gov't records is "actually better" than collecting #CitizenshipQuestion responses -- more than a year after Trump admin officials at DOJ refused to hear from Census Bureau about those records.
2. Trump: "We have information that's probably more accurate than the information we could get by going in and asking somebody, 'Are you a citizen?' A lot of people aren't going to tell the truth."

In January 2018, Census Bureau warned Trump officials👇…
3. Trump: "Not only didn't I back down, I backed up ... Anybody else would have given this up a long time ago."

In December 2017, Census Bureau's then-acting head started recommending to Trump admin to go w gov't records instead of #CitizenshipQuestion👇…
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President Trump issues new executive order with justifications for collecting citizenship information.… Reason #1: Footnote 1 of J. Alito's dissent.
Reason #4 is the Evenwel justification. Nothing about Section 2 of the 14th Amendment.
Had the government offered these four justifications at the outset, it would have prevailed before #SCOTUS. I remain befuddled why the White House consistently shoots itself in the foot with poor legal arguments. They cannot depend on the courts to bail them out.
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1. Case to watch is Giuffre v. Maxwell #SDNY case that may soon unseal names of the motherload of Jeffrey Epstein associates. Link to the 2nd Cir. opinion. @jkbjournalist intervened. @KlasfeldReports…
@jkbjournalist @KlasfeldReports 2. From the opinion:
"These petitioners included in their filings not only descriptions of sexual abuse by Epstein, but also new allegations of sexual abuse by several other  prominent individuals, “including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful  business
3. executives, foreign presidents, a well known Prime Minister, and other world leaders,” as well as Dershowitz (a long‐time member of the Harvard Law School faculty who had worked on Epstein’s legal defense) and Defendant‐Appellee Ghislaine Maxwell (“Maxwell”).
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I received my copy of #JusticeOnTrial by @JCNSeverino and @MZHemingway, with blurbs by me, @ishapiro, @RandyEBarnett, Ed Meese
The book has photos I haven't seen before, including this classic shot of J. Scalia and @senatemajldr. The top is autographed by the Scalia Family: "To Leader McConnell and his legendary foresight."
Here is the list Leonard Leo gave Trump in 2016 #scotus
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Interesting to see a justice change the qualifier that X "may" have the *effect* of Y into a claim that the prior case asserted that X "often" is done for the *purpose* of Y. 👀

More from me about this at @UCILaw's #SCOTUS term in review on Monday!
Since I didn’t get to it today, here’s my issue: An area of Justice Thomas’s dissent in Flowers, about the potential media impact on the case. In that paragraph, Thomas misstates a reference to an earlier case — and then uses that misuse to the opposite end of the original case.
First two images, the 1981 case Thomas quotes from:… / Third image, Thomas’s Flowers dissent:…
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So we couldn't have a debate about #ClimateChange, but apparently the next debate is going to be about #segregation and #busing. In 2019. So here is some data.
This issue was decided by the US Supreme Court in 1954 in Brown v. Topeka Board of Ed, which desegregated the schools. But since white people still refused to integrate the schools, we needed another #SCOTUS ruling.
In 1971 the #SCOTUS ruled--UNANIMOUSLY, in an opinion written by conservative Chief Justice Warren Burger-- in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenberg Board of Ed that busing was essential to speeding up the process of desegregation mandated in 1954 by Brown.
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