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Oct 7, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Former @YaleLawSch Dean Robert Post: Kavanaugh's installation into the Supreme Court is an "American tragedy" politi.co/2pGXFx3
"With calculation and skill, Kavanaugh stoked the fires of partisan rage and male entitlement."
A 5-4 right-wing majority—installed mostly by minority popular vote presidents, in the face of solid progressive majorities throttled using illegitimate means—does not "perfectly reflect" anything. To the contrary, it is a starkly imperfect reflection of where we are politically.
Oct 5, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Self-serving talk is cheap. If @JeffFlake uses this nonsense to take cover he deserves all the ridicule that he will inevitably receive.
"We have differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh. But we are united, as professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions, in believing that [he] did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court"
Sep 30, 2018 • 21 tweets • 5 min read
This press release is practically begging for people to highlight and emphasize Kavanuagh's own repeated and obvious lies even more. #Kavanocchio 🤥
"Francisco built his law practice as if his primary goal was to troll the libs. Flash forward a few years, and Francisco is now one of the most powerful and influential lawyers in the country." thinkprogress.org/noel-francisco…
Sep 22, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Who suggested to him that he should be gathering dirt on Dr. Ford *before* her name had been publicly reported?
Still, it is particularly jarring and troubling to see Sessions engage in his Immigration Judge Dredd shtick in front of an audience of brand new immigration judges themselves. Imagine the chilling effect on their decision-making. 15/
As @steve_vladeck noted last month, a key question remains whether federal judges will eventually push back when challenges to what is happening in immigration courts under Sessions make their way into Article III courts. 16/
Oh, and apparently if an immigration judge adheres to due process and procedural regularity, and gives time-intensive cases the time that they require, they're just lazy and insufficiently "professional," failing to remember that their job is "not a 9-to-5 one." 11/
You know what's not "professional," Beauregard? Interfering with the independence and integrity of immigration courts. Immigration judges are not your "mass deportation agents," to borrow @AvidehNILC's characterization of your actions and attitude. 12/
Oh look, it's another unhinged speech by Beauregard on immigration—this time telling immigration judges that they must bend to his will rather than independently follow the rule of law. 1/ justice.gov/opa/speech/att…
In the make-believe world of Beauregard, immigration law should be a Trump-like wall but instead is an "earthen dam," with dubious legal claims from crafty immigration lawyers "seeping" through. 2/
Sep 7, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
"Much of Washington has spent the week focusing on whether Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court. After the revelations of his confirmation hearings, the better question is whether he should be impeached from the federal judiciary." slate.com/news-and-polit…
To be clear, that's "complicity"—as in, you are complicit, anonymous op-ed writer, in propping up a man who, by *your* description, is "detrimental to the health of the republic." 2/
Sep 4, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Although hey, he's a great carpool dad and gives clerkships to kids of prominent law professors, so NBD why not hand him massive, largely unchecked judicial power for the next 30-40 years based on those "character" references. #FFS 12/
When a president openly seeks to manipulate DOJ to shield cronies from prosecution, efforts to manage courts won't be far behind. In fact, that process already has been long underway. Sadly, GOP senators are too complicit either to see that or care. 13/
There are, of course, political regimes in the world where people who brown nose rulers to obtain greater judicial prestige and power, as Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have done, would fit right into the judiciary as committed loyalists. 7/
Under those kinds of regimes, judges whose loyalty has been assured have often proceeded to play significant roles in further entrenching the power and control of those regimes, and in undermining representative institutions. 8/ ssrn.com/abstract=20871…