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Aug 10 4 tweets 2 min read
In today's newsletter, I look at what we know about the Nebraska case surfaced by @JessicaValenti on Monday. The case highlights a lot of the problems that we were expecting from post-Roe prosecution efforts — and this came out of pre-Dobbs-decision facts. chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/there-are-wa… My big-picture conclusion: "[T]his is a real example of how the medical community, the larger community, and the companies tracking our digital footprint all combine to serve as agents of the state in the state’s attempts at policing pregnancy." chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/there-are-wa…
Aug 10 4 tweets 2 min read
Someone set up an "attack" site to go after Mandela Barnes and it's giving big "don't threaten me with a good time" vibes. Image Fake site, by the Wisconsin GOP: mandelabarnesforsenate.com

Real site: mandelabarnes.com Image
Aug 3 7 tweets 5 min read
The dangers — and history — lurking in the Florida drag brunch complaint: Seventy-five years have passed since Florida tried to shut down "men impersonating women." Now, Ron DeSantis is trying again. My latest at @lawdorknews: chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/the-dangers-… “A look back at the time and circumstances of the effort to shut down the Ha Ha Club shows that the current efforts [to do the same to R House] are in many ways a repeat of an attack targeted at queer people three-quarters of a century ago.” chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/the-dangers-…
Aug 3 4 tweets 2 min read
James Baldwin would have turned 98 today. Here’s the draft of what would become Baldwin’s 1978 New York Times column reflecting on the state of the nation a decade after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. The essay is 44 years old, but reads like it could be written today. Here’s the draft, care of @nypl: digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ca160710…
Aug 2 6 tweets 3 min read
Breaking: DOJ has sued Idaho, claiming that Idaho's abortion ban conflicts with and is preempted by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Complaint: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco… The case has been assigned to Judge B. Lynn Winmill, a senior judge who was appointed to the bench by Clinton in 1995.
Jul 31 7 tweets 2 min read
The entire Jacobs Theatre audience recognizing & applauding Stephen Sondheim on Nov. 15, 2021, before the first performance of Company back after the March 2020 Broadway shutdown. The show closed today, but I am so proud of & grateful to all who were a part of this production. In the wake of all of the loss from Covid, the show was back. Broadway was back. And then, Broadway, and all of us, had more loss, when Sondheim himself died less than two weeks after that first performance back. It was a gut punch after so much loss — and the joy of being back.
Jul 28 6 tweets 4 min read
NOTE: "The district court found that the officer was entitled to qualified immunity." Yeah, I had to go check out the district court opinion, and my god it's bad. Judge Michael Truncale, a Trump appointee, found there was no seizure under the 4th Am and that the actions didn't "shocks the conscience" under the 14th Am. scribd.com/document/58459… ImageImageImageImage
Jul 28 6 tweets 3 min read
Maybe each night I'll highlight a ridiculous fundraising email I get? WTF is this? So, what is Democratic Strategy Institute? Well, per OpenSecrets, in 2019-20, more than 99% of their expenditures were for fundraising, including $4.2M on "fundraising consulting." opensecrets.org/political-acti…
Jul 28 11 tweets 4 min read
Joe Nathan James, due to be executed by the state of Alabama on Thursday, has asked #SCOTUS for a stay of execution in a brief, pro se filing at the court after lower courts had denied his requests. The SCOTUS docket # is 22A74. Breaking: #SCOTUS will not stop Alabama's planned execution of Joe Nathan James tonight. There were no noted dissents.
Jul 25 5 tweets 2 min read
The 11th Circuit really is going back to its roots (the 5th Circuit), isn't it? Days later, I cannot get over that this is from a federal appellate decision — the court's opinion, not even a concurrence or dissent! — and not a bad blog post. TEXT: "After this appeal was filed, however, the Suprem
Jul 22 6 tweets 4 min read
In this morning’s newsletter, some celebration of the first month of @lawdorknews — and an ask for people to subscribe and, if you’re already subscribed, to share the newsletter with others: chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/this-is-what… In that first month, Law Dork has had an impact on the natio In today’s Law Dork, I also look at how the instability I predicted from #SCOTUS has already come to pass. chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/this-is-what… TEXT: “This has created a sort of two-tier level of instab
Jul 21 5 tweets 2 min read
BREAKING: #SCOTUS rejects Biden administration's request to allow it to enforce DHS's immigration priorities guidance during ongoing litigation from Texas on a 5-4 vote. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, Barrett, and Jackson opposed the decision. Image A trial court order vacating the guidance is allowed to stay in effect during the litigation, which SCOTUS will now be hearing in December — meaning the guidance will be on hold at least through the rest of this year.
Jul 19 5 tweets 2 min read
Keeping myself centered can be difficult at times. It means constantly caring for my sobriety and my mental, spiritual, physical, and social health. It also, almost always, means asking others for help. … When I do those things, though, I’m always so grateful for the results. I say that tonight because I am feeling really good — and like I have been doing those things to help keep me centered. I looked in the mirror today at the gym, and I liked who I saw. Things are still tough all over at times, but I’m putting in the work — and liking the results. Image
Jul 14 4 tweets 1 min read
Read these three stories, all from today, in conjunction with one another to understand how anti-abortion officials — or even non-officials, given TX SB8 and OK's private lawsuit law — are going to act to mislead and confuse people and then also to investigate and prosecute them. 1. Law Dork: "Analysis from [Ohio]'s nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission contradicts [Ohio AG] Yost's claim about Ohio's six-week abortion ban." chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/jeff-crossma…
Jul 14 4 tweets 2 min read
LAW DORK EXCLUSIVE: Analysis from Ohio’s nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission contradicts Ohio AG Dave Yost's claim made on Fox News about Ohio's six-week abortion ban. chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/jeff-crossma… Yost told Fox News on Monday that the 10-year-old rape victim "if she exists … did not have to leave Ohio to find treatment." Ohio's Legislative Service Commission: "No, Ohio’s abortion prohibition applies regardless of the circumstances of conception or the age of the mother." The answer, from Amy Archer, a research analyst with the com
Jul 13 6 tweets 2 min read
Meanwhile, these fucking ghouls. The Wall Street Journal edi... Thanks to the local journalists who did "confirm" the story, including @bethany_bruner, who was in court.

HOWEVER, the idea that each horror story resulting from Dobbs and these extreme state laws should be presumed false is an attempt to hide the consequences of their policies.
Jul 13 5 tweets 3 min read
The referral in this horrible case was made on Wednesday, June 22, when Roe was still the law of the land. On June 24, after Dobbs, Ohio AG Yost immediately moved to put the state's extreme abortion ban in effect. That's why this girl had to go to Indiana to get an abortion. Here's Yost, less than an hour after the Dobbs decision, announcing he'd filed in court to put the ban in effect:
Jul 13 5 tweets 4 min read
In my latest newsletter, I look at the DOJ pick to run the Bureau of Prisons, focused in on questions raised from her current job running Oregon’s prisons. @Bobbin_Singh & @AliceOJRC of @OJRCenter give me a critical look at the incoming BOP head: chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/bureau-of-pr… “This appointment is an insult to all those incarcerated in Oregon who are fighting for their civil rights and dignity,” Singh says of Colette Peters’s selection to run BOP. chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/bureau-of-pr… TEXT: “This appointment is ...
Jul 12 12 tweets 4 min read
Eugene Scalia, doing the absolute least! Image Pat Cipollone, doing even less! Image
Jul 6 7 tweets 3 min read
So, thanks to @joesonka and team's reporting at the @courierjournal, we now know that — as of June 23 — the White House was planning on announcing Chad Meredith's district court nomination the next day, June 24 (which ended up becoming Dobbs decision day). courier-journal.com/story/news/pol… After the Dobbs ruling — and just ahead of the @courierjournal's initial reporting on this — the White House staffer emailed the Kentucky governor's office staffer again to claim that an intergovernmental, non-client email was "pre-decisional and privileged information." Lol.
Jul 1 8 tweets 4 min read
Judge Karen Caldwell (E.D. KY), a George W. Bush appointee, will be taking senior status. The notification was reflected on the judicial vacancies site today: uscourts.gov/judges-judgesh… Still no word from the White House on whether an anti-abortion FedSoc lawyer backed by McConnell who was Cameron's SG is going to be Joe Biden's nominee, as the Courier Journal reported earlier this week was in the works. I wrote about it Thursday: chrisgeidner.substack.com/p/exit-stephen…