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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."
Oct 7, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
This article loses its nerve right from its headline: this debacle is not just a blow to the Supreme Court's "image," but to its *legitimacy*. 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. Judicial gaslighting.
Oct 3, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Pleased to join so many colleagues in signing this letter. "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 🤥
Sep 29, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
No no no, that simply cannot be, because @JeffFlake *never* gets scammed in deals with the Trump White House
Sep 29, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
He launched into partisan, rage-filled, and wholly injudicious display of elite entitlement. Is that something you would do if you were a sitting federal judge, @JeffFlake? He rudely interrupted and talked over your Senate colleagues. Is that something you would do, @JeffFlake?
Sep 28, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Sep 27, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
Sep 25, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Shot [20 years later] Chaser
Sep 24, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Here's the man who Trump (or the unelected two-track presidency, not yet entirely clear which) might be angling to put in charge of the Mueller investigation if Rod Rosenstein gets fired. "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? *Started research *before* Dr. Ford's name had been made public. Who on the Senate Judiciary Committee or Kavanaugh's team coordinated with him?
Sep 17, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
What about Kavanaugh's character witness, drinking buddy, and alleged accomplice Mark Judge? Trump on Kavanaugh: "You look at his references. I've never seen anything quite like it."

Do I actually agree with Trump about something? Because I've never seen anything quite like Mark Judge as a character reference either. Thread —>
Sep 16, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
That's a breathtaking defense against credible, on-the-record allegations of attempted rape, lawyer close to the White House speaking not-for-attribution.
Sep 10, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
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/
Sep 10, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
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/
Sep 10, 2018 19 tweets 7 min read
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… "[H]e lied.

"Under oath.

"And he did so repeatedly."

Sep 5, 2018 30 tweets 10 min read
Tomorrow's #WordOfTheDay from @MerriamWebster should be "complicity." 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/
Sep 4, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
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…