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February 10, 2023

Covering at "The Soapbox" some legal issues getting various folks in a lather

At "The Soapbox" section of The New Republic, Matt Ford has some recent coverage of a couple of hot legal issues that I have also been giving considerable attention.  Here are the full headlines, links and a key paragraph:

From last week, "When You’re Sentenced for a Crime That Even a Jury Agrees You Didn’t Commit: The Supreme Court might end an infuriatingly unjust practice in criminal sentencing."

While some lawmakers have proposed fixing the issue through legislation, Congress has yet to pass legislation to restrict or ban it. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is also considering changes to the federal sentencing guidelines that would limit acquitted-conduct sentencing in some forms in federal cases. McClinton told the court that those modest proposals should not prevent it from addressing the underlying constitutional issue, which is much broader and much more urgent. He instead aptly quoted from Scalia’s dissent nearly a decade earlier: “This has gone on long enough.” The court will announce in the coming months whether it will take up the case — and, perhaps, whether it agrees.

From this week, "The Second Amendment’s Legal Landscape Is Getting Weirder: The Supreme Court’s Bruen decision has given rise to some disturbing new interpretations of what constitutes the right to bear arms."

The 6–3 [Bruen] ruling announced a new test for lower courts to apply when reviewing gun laws in general, one that would make it far more difficult for many types of gun laws to survive judicial scrutiny.  The results have been predictable and far-reaching.

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal provision that prohibits people under restraining orders for domestic violence from possessing firearms.  The following day, a federal district court in Oklahoma struck down a similar provision that applied to people who unlawfully use or are addicted to a controlled substance.  The Third Circuit Court of Appeals parted ways with the other courts when it came to the provision’s application to people convicted of felonies.  But even that decision may not be long for this world.

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