Clarence Thomas Questions Legality Of Letting Cops Take Innocent People’s Stuff : Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sent a strong signal on Monday about his feelings toward civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement tool that allows police to seize cash and property from people who haven’t been convicted of a crime ― and in many cases, haven’t even been charged. “This system — where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use — has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses,” wrote Thomas. “I am skeptical that this historical practice is capable of sustaining, as a constitutional matter, the contours of modern practice.”

Donald Trump’s revised travel ban may not satisfy the courts : NEARLY a month after promising the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a tweet he would “SEE YOU IN COURT”, Donald Trump has staged a lawyerly retreat from his addled executive order of January 27th. On March 6th the president revealed a fresh attempt to “protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry”. The new order retains the original order’s core—limiting access to America’s shores for people from several Muslim-majority countries, and putting the refugee programme on hold—but has been softened in four key ways.

Republicans Just Made It Easier For Companies To Exploit Workers : Senate Republicans voted Monday to kill an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama known as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. The 49-48 vote, with all Democrats opposed, eliminates a regulation issued late in Obama’s presidency that would have made it harder for companies to secure federal contracts if they have a documented history of wage theft or workplace hazards.

Making sense of Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations against his predecessor : American democracy has suffered a wound that, however it heals, will leave nasty scars. On March 5th the White House announced that President Donald Trump is asking congressional intelligence committees to probe unspecified “reports” that the administration of Barack Obama abused its executive powers to launch, “potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election”.

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One Response to What We Are Reading 3/8/2017

  1. Cat Kin says:

    Let’s finalize the Russian Connection with Trump Investigation so we can impeach that guy!

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