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b_b  ·  2361 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Do not be soothed by the opinion’s technical language"

Justice Sotomayor's dissent is worth reading. This is a sad, sad case, and she highlights that wonderfully with this statement:

    The Department of Justice, Sotomayor writes, “recently reported that in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, with a population of 21,000, 16,000 people had outstanding warrants against them.” That means 76 percent of Ferguson residents have, under the court’s decision, effectively surrendered their Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable seizure.




blackbootz  ·  2360 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just an aside, have you listened to Radiolab's spin-off podcast, More Perfect? A program that combines Radiolab's high podcast production quality with forays into landmark Supreme Court decisions. They don't get too into the weeds, it certainly won't replace Supreme Court journalism, but it's really fun stuff. I'm actually kicking myself for not coming up with the idea. I love constitutional law ("applied philosophy") and love explaining the little bit I'm familiar with.