NEW: Supreme Court lifts the stay on Lisa Montgomery’s execution, allowing the government to kill her. Appears to be a 6–3 vote with all three liberals dissenting.…
Apologies: There is still a stay of execution from the 8th Circuit, though the Supreme Court is now all but certain to lift it.
NEW: Supreme Court lifts the remaining stay of execution for Lisa Montgomery, and also denies her request for another stay by a 6–3 vote. Montgomery’s execution may now be imminent.
SCOTUS orders:……

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13 Jan
John Eastman, chairman of the Federalist Society's Federalism & Separation of Powers practice group, advised Pence he could overturn the election.

Lots of other groups distancing themselves from members who fomented the insurrection, but it’s crickets from FedSoc so far.
^from this nightmarish piece…
After personally lobbying Pence, John Eastman spoke at the incitement rally designed to pressure him into overturning the election, which led to rioters chanting “hang Mike Pence” as they violently seized the Capitol.

No comment from @FedSoc.
Read 5 tweets
11 Jan
I have seen a rumor floating around that Ginni Thomas funded 80 buses to transport insurrectionists to D.C. on Wednesday. This rumor does not come from my reporting, and it is not true. I do think I’ve figured out where it originated, though. 1/x
This is convoluted, so bear with me.

In the past, Ginni Thomas served on TPUSA’s advisory council. Charlie Kirk has alleged that TPUSA’s PAC—as well as a related group (@TrumpStudents)—funded 80+ buses for the insurrection. (He has since deleted the tweet).

But ...
(a) It’s not clear whether Kirk was telling the truth.
(b) Even if he was, Ginni Thomas’ connection to the buses is so attenuated as to be nonexistent.

TPUSA’s advisory council is massive—there are more than 80 members at the moment. They don’t appear to do much at all.
Read 5 tweets
11 Jan
The Supreme Court refused to fast-track the election-related cases (including Lin Wood’s🤡), meaning the justices won’t consider them until later this winter. As @steve_vladeck pointed out, they should all be moot by that point, though the justices can always find a way to rule.
Read SCOTUS’ full order list here:…

It’s no surprise the justices don’t want to insert the court into a dispute over the election’s legitimacy five days after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. But they could still take these cases down the road.
It’s no surprise Thomas has renewed his call to outlaw buffer zones around abortion clinics. SCOTUS last upheld their constitutionality by a 5–4 vote with Roberts joining the liberals. Now that Barrett’s on the court, buffer zones may soon be toast.…
Read 4 tweets
10 Jan
A high fence now surrounds the Supreme Court’s entire perimeter.
The Capitol and congressional office buildings are surrounded by members of the National Guard.
A tribute to Brian Sicknick, the officer killed by insurrectionists, just in front of the Capitol.
Read 6 tweets
8 Jan
This is ominous. SCOTUS will review a California disclosure law that requires political advocacy groups (including dark money organizations) to reveal their top donors. I am very concerned that the conservative majority will strike down the law.… Image
Read @fordm’s excellent piece on the conservative legal movement’s crusade to establish a constitutional right to dark money, which is now on the brink of victory.…
The Supreme Court will also consider whether a school violated the First Amendment when it suspended a student for saying “fuck cheer” on Snapchat. This case has HUGE implications for the rights of students to engage in free speech off-campus.…
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8 Jan
On the morning of Jan. 6, Ginni Thomas—wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—endorsed the protest demanding that Congress overturn the election, then sent her “LOVE” to the demonstrators, who violently overtook the Capitol several hours later. She has not posted since.
For background, Ginni Thomas is a conservative lobbyist and avid Trump supporter who campaigned for him. She also routinely spreads fringe conspiracy theories on Facebook. She recently posted: “No one, and I mean no one, has done more to harm America than the Democrats.”
Here, for instance, is a characteristic Ginni Thomas post. She has repeatedly (and falsely) warned that George Soros is funding a sweeping conspiracy against Donald Trump and the United States government.
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