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The Supreme Court ruled that judges can sentence juvenile offenders to life without parole without laying out why they think the child can’t be rehabilitated

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 vote, ruled Thursday that a judge need not make a finding of “permanent incorrigibility” before sentencing a juvenile offender to life without parole. At the center of the case was Brett Jones who was 15 when he stabbed his grandfather to death during an argument about Jones’ girlfriend. He was convicted of murder, and a judge sentenced him to life without parole.


“In such a case, a discretionary sentencing system is both constitutionally necessary and constitutionally sufficient,” the court’s conservative justices wrote.


Writing for the majority, Justice Brett Kavanaugh said: “As this case again demonstrates, any homicide, and particularly a homicide committed by an individual under 18, is a horrific tragedy for all involved and for all affected.”


He added: “Determining the proper sentence in such a case raises profound questions of morality and social policy. The States, not the federal courts, make those broad moral and policy judgments in the first instance when enacting their sentencing laws. And state sentencing judges and juries then determine the proper sentence in individual cases in light of the facts and circumstances of the offense, and the background of the offender.”

vaccines
vaccines
U.S. Vaccination Pace Stalls After Months of Growth
A sharp week-over-week drop is a bad sign in the fight for herd immunity.

Biden formally committed to the U.S. cutting fossil fuel emissions at least in half from 2005 levels by 2030

Saying the United States and other big economies “have to get this done,” President Joe Biden opened a global climate summit Thursday aimed at getting world leaders to dig deeper on emissions cuts. The United States pledged to cut in half the amount of climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes it is pumping out.


“Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. “It’s about providing a better future for all of us,” he said, calling it “a moment of peril but a moment of opportunity.”


“The signs are unmistakable. the science is undeniable. the cost of inaction keeps mounting,” he added.”


Biden’s administration is sketching out a vision of a prosperous, clean-energy United States where factories churn out cutting-edge batteries for export, line workers re-lay an efficient national electrical grid and crews cap abandoned oil and gas rigs and coal mines.

conservatism
conservatism
GOP Stands Up to ‘Cancel Culture’ by Criminalizing Dissent
Republicans believe that corporations opposing conservative causes undermines civil liberties, but governments criminalizing protest does not.
minnesota
minnesota
Derek Chauvin Held in 23-Hour Solitary Confinement As He Awaits Sentencing
The convicted murderer is only being let out of his cell one hour per day for exercise and is under observation every 30 minutes.
andiamo
andiamo
‘King of Absentees’ Accused of Skipping Work at Italian Hospital for 15 Years
New heights in working from home.
2022 midterms
2022 midterms
After the Voting Wars, Who’s Likely to Turn Out in 2022?
The net impact of laws to suppress or expand voting rights is unclear, and will compete with many factors affecting the level and shape of turnout.
politics
politics
The Most Powerful Weapon for Police Reform Is Back
Biden’s Justice Department takes out a tool shelved by Trump to force local law enforcement to change.
the national interest
the national interest
Steve Scalise’s Ignorant, Racist Case Against D.C. Statehood
Republican from murderous, corrupt state says D.C. has too much crime and corruption to be a state.
coronavirus vaccine
coronavirus vaccine
How to Sign Up for a COVID Vaccine in New York
All New Yorkers over the age of 16 are now eligible to sign up for a shot.
power
power
Manhattan Drops Prosecution of Consensual Sex Work
The DA will still pursue charges for visiting sex workers and for sex trafficking.
immigration
immigration
Reconciliation May Not Solve Democrats’ Immigration Woes
As with the $15 minimum wage, a path to citizenship could succumb to a Senate parliamentarian’s ruling. And then there’s Joe Manchin.
politics
politics
Justice Department Launches Probe of Minneapolis Police Practices
Merrick Garland announced a probe into whether the department has engaged in a pattern of “unlawful policing” a day after the Derek Chauvin verdict.
the national interest
the national interest
Why Should Black Protesters Trust a Senate That Underrepresents Them?
Peaceful police reform means taking democratic reform seriously.

Perhaps the future of the increasingly Trumpy GOP is … a guy Trump soundly beat in 2016?

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seriously considering running for president in 2024, three people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.


… Christie, whose 2016 bid for the nomination was short-lived, has told friends that he’d be the only person in the 2024 field with executive experience who has run a presidential race before.


That’s a clear shot at one potential rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s enjoying a surge of popularity from Republican voters for his handling of COVID-19 and his sparring with the media but hasn’t yet endured the scrutiny of a presidential bid.


Christie could run on a reputation for toughness that appeals to Trump’s base minus the former president’s recklessness, said one source. Another said he has a mix of combativeness and charisma that Republicans are looking for to take on President Biden and Democrats.

covid-19
covid-19
1 in 4 New Yorkers Were Infected in First Wave of Virus, Study Finds
Black and Hispanic residents were twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 antibodies than whites.
derek chauvin trial
derek chauvin trial
Chauvin Found Guilty On All Counts: Live Updates
The former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd is now a convicted murderer.
climate change
climate change
Biden to Pledge Emissions Cut of 50 Percent by 2030: Report
The ambitious goal appears to be a signal to the world that the new administration wants to return to a leadership position in the climate emergency.
derek chauvin trial
derek chauvin trial
Does the Chauvin Trial Mark a Turning Point in Police Accountability?
The forces that animated the case aren’t going away.
black lives matter
black lives matter
The Moment Minneapolis Heard Justice
Outside the courthouse where Derek Chauvin was convicted.
derek chauvin trial
derek chauvin trial
Democrats Defeat Maxine Waters Censure Resolution Over Chauvin Verdict
A Republican exercise in whataboutism aimed at distracting attention from January 6 failed.
derek chauvin trial
derek chauvin trial
Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts
The jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
verdicts
verdicts
The Chauvin Verdict Is Not Justice. It’s Self-Preservation.
Even as it ended in conviction on murder charges, the trial was a state-level effort to defend the virtues of policing.

Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts

The jury finds Derek Chauvin:
Count 1: GUILTY
Count 2: GUILTY
Count 3: GUILTY
@Phil_Mattingly
georgia election law
georgia election law
Trump Says Georgia Election Law Is ‘Far Too Weak’
The former president’s message to Republicans is that using election laws to screw over the opposition isn’t just acceptable – it’s mandatory.

The jury has reached a verdict in the Chauvin trial

BREAKING: Jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial have reached a verdict and it will be read between 3:30 & 4CT today.

We will not know what the verdict is until then.

Mr. Chauvin has been charged with 2nd-degree murder, 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death.
@NickAtNews
politics
politics
Biden Says He’s ‘Praying’ for ‘Right Verdict’ in Chauvin Trial
As the jury deliberates, Biden said he finds the evidence “overwhelming” and confirmed that he’s talked with George Floyd’s family.
obituaries
obituaries
Fritz Mondale, Public Servant
The old-school liberal and party loyalist redefined the vice-presidency.
climate change
climate change
Global Recovery Wipes Out Most of 2020’s Decline in Carbon Emissions
A “dire warning” from the International Energy Agency’s new report.
derek chauvin trial
derek chauvin trial
Minneapolis Prepares for Unrest As Chauvin Jurors Deliberate
National Guard troops are all over the place as the city braces for a verdict.