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Gavel Drop: The Consequences of Scalia’s Death Keep Coming

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

A Supreme Court without Justice Scalia is turning out to be more a lot more chill.

Welcome to Gavel Drop, our roundup of legal news, headlines, and head-shaking moments in the courts.
One consequence of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death is a moderated tone from the remaining justices and an apparent move toward more compromise. This Arizona redistricting case is another example.
The identities of donors to the conservative Koch brothers-affiliated Americans for Prosperity Foundation are protected by the First Amendment, rules a federal court judge in California.
In spite of Republican intransigence on the Merrick Garland nomination, the Obama administration and Garland are moving forward as if he will be confirmed. Sometime. Eventually.
Tennessee officials will have to recount votes related to a 2014 ballot initiative that expressly removed the right to an abortion from the Tennessee Constitution, after a federal judge ruled the State used the wrong method in tabulating votes. The initiative’s passage has led to new regulations of abortion clinics and a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.
This nightmarish story is an example of what can happen when evangelical organizations create mental health treatment facilities.
Why do Republicans dislike John Roberts so much? Seriously. It makes no sense.
Justice Clarence Thomas might be napping during Supreme Court oral arguments. To be honest, that makes a lot of sense.
Amanda Marcotte has this piece on Minnesota parents freaking out over the possibility of having a 5-year-old transgender child in the same school as their children.
The City of Cleveland has agreed to pay $6 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit following the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Despite the payout, the City refuses to admit any wrongdoing.
In the latest edition of “creeping fetal personhood news,” a New York appeals court has vacated a family court judge’s rulings that a fetus is a “child” under New York’s Family Court Act.

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