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heidilifeldman

@heidilifeldman@mastodon.social

Law professor, philosopher, progressive. Committed to rule of law and pluralistic democracy. Interests include art, books, history, science, cats, sharp wit. Boosts are not necessarily endorsements.

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Trump is almost certainly drugged for the trial proceedings. From the Washington Post’s coverage today:

heidilifeldman, to random
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Interesting. Gift access https://wapo.st/3X85Vrb

heidilifeldman, to random
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I’ve supported the Democratic Senators from regularly. Now that I’m in doing so feels even more on point. Tonight I made one of my small dollar donations to @SwingLeft and . If you can, please join me - every few dollars makes a difference! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/swing-left-nv-sen

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heidilifeldman,
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heidilifeldman, to random
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Do take the time to read ‘s letter, in which he cloaks his own misapplicof the recusal standard in a self-righteous assertion of his wife’s First Amendment rights. He is correct that she has these. He is wrong to think that her exercise of them does not raise questions about his own impartiality. https://www.washingtonpost.com/documents/ae3feb5a-13a4-4f0f-9046-b61a530c40fb.pdf 1/

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At the times this wife flew these flags, Alito took no steps to disassociate himself from their significance. He did not have to make his wife take them down; he could have issued a public statement then that they did not represent his views, only his wife’s. Whether that would have been sufficient to convince a reasonable person of his impartiality in #Jan6 cases is still an open question, but at least the reasonable person would know Alito made an effort to distance himself. 2/

GottaLaff, to Canada
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Ahem. Attention please.

I am now in . 🇨🇦🍁

That is all.

👏🏻💃🏼🥳💥‼️‼️‼️‼️

heidilifeldman,
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@GottaLaff You made it! Congratulations.

heidilifeldman, to random
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has no shame. It isn’t just that he refuses to recuse himself from cases before the Supreme Court — it’s his arrogant assertion that he can assess how a “reasonable person” would view his involvement. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2024/05/29/justice-alito-rejects-recuse-flags-jan-6-cases/ 73895356007/ 1/

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, who is avowedly motivated by political and ideological considerations - per his own public comments as well as his many law-free judicial opinions - has no standing to insist either that the hypothetical “reasonable person” is supposed to be free from commitments to . 2/

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It makes zero difference whether had “nothing to do with” flying the U.S. flag upside down or with flying the “Appeal to Heaven” flag. Both were flown at his residences. This would give any reasonable person grounds to believe he condones the sentiments and ideas those flags represent. 3/

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There is zero indication in ‘s letter that made any effort to engage seriously with the recusal tenet of the Code of Ethics he committed himself to. He did not put himself in the shoes of the reasonable person aware of all the circumstances. That requires articulating how the situation seems from that perspective, not just defensive and conclusively assertions. 4/ https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/samuel-alito-refuses-recuse-flags-1235029552/

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@ferrix 💯

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Justice Alito's wife loves her flags. In a three-page letter, he writes:

"As soon as I saw it, I asked my wife to take it down, but for several days, she refused"

"There were no additional steps that I could have taken to have the flag taken down more promptly"

"My wife is fond of flying flags. I am not"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/29/supreme-court-alito-recuse-flag-jan-6/

heidilifeldman,
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@drewharwell It is beyond belief that #Alito didn’t know the connection between that flag and the Stop the Steal Movement. It was all over the news. Or maybe Alito feels no obligation to be informed about the events of the day, which itself is a dereliction of judicial duty. @waldoj

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I'm kind of a big deal

heidilifeldman,
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@waldoj 🤣

GottaLaff, to TeslaMotors
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🤦🏻‍♀️😳 & have discussed a possible advisory role for the Tesla leader should TFG reclaim WH, the latest sign that the once-frosty relationship between the 2 has thawed.

The role hasn’t been fully hammered out and might not happen, but they discussed ways to give Musk formal input & influence over policies related to border security and the economy, both issues on which Musk has grown more vocal.
https://apple.news/A12U7FLPbQbm6Nfj7Y1_glQ

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stux, to random
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Pff what a day :sad_cat:

Hello and a good meowing :nkoWave:

This morning I woke up with a massive pain in my stomach that kept getting worse

With a bit of panic we rushed to the first aid but there they refused to help me since I had to go to the "doctor first" and take an asprin :nkoFacepalm2: (someone should lose their job)

So when looking for an alternative I could not hold it anymore and we called the ambulance on the parking place

So I went in the ambulance to the hospital today

heidilifeldman, (edited )
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@stux Just seeing that you were unwell. Glad you are doing better.

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Apropos of nothing, I just have to say that LinkedIn is insufferable.

heidilifeldman,
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@drustevenson Share the secret, please!

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heidilifeldman, to random
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Here’s an excellent article about important lawsuits just filed on behalf of Uvalde families who lost loved ones to a mass shooting there. The families, represented by the same attorney who represented the Sandy Hook families, are suing Daniel Defense, the maker of the AR-15 used by the shooter, as well as the publisher of Call of Duty video games and Meta. (I am quoted in the story.) https://wapo.st/3R1Y9LA

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That concludes my sketch of the complaint, filed today, against Daniel Defense, for its role in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. News reporting on this suit and related ones filed today is at https://wapo.st/3R1Y9LA (I’m quoted). The complaint is extremely well done, with specificity and precision. Still, there is going to be a lot of litigation before the suit is resolved, indeed before it ever gets to trial, if it does. 20/20

heidilifeldman,
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@KatM Eventually, one of these suits against an AR-15 maker is going to get to thorough discovery and fuller details will come out about the relationship between some marketing agencies and the firearms makers.

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@flowerpot I had that reaction over and over reading the complaint.

heidilifeldman,
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@rustoleumlove You understand the complaint against Daniel Defense precisely: the emphasis is on how Daniel Defense uses the game for marketing to adolescent boys. I haven’t read the complaint against CoD’s publisher but at least in the Daniel Defense suit the claim is not that the video game caused the shooting.

heidilifeldman,
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@rustoleumlove I was endorsing your comment! You were exactly right - my clarification was for others, not you. I’m sorry I didn’t make that clear.

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