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VOTE! Like your life depends on it.

Because your existing life DOES depend on it.

Gun deaths
Legal abortion is safe abortion
Climate Change

Supreme Court makes it more difficult for prisoners to argue they had ineffective counsel

Source: CNN

The Supreme Court said Monday that state prisoners may not present new evidence in federal court in support of a claim that their post-conviction counsel in state court was ineffective in violation of the Constitution.

The ruling is a major defeat for two inmates on death row who said they had compelling claims that their state lawyers failed to pursue.
In addition, it will make it harder for inmates across the country to prevail on claims that they received ineffective counsel at the state court level in post-conviction proceedings.

The 6-3 opinion was penned by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Thomas suggested that allowing such claims to go forward would cause unnecessary delays, and he said that federal courts "must afford unwavering respect to the centrality of the trial of a criminal case in state court."

The three liberal justices dissented. In a stinging dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor called the decision "perverse" and said that the court had gutted precedent.

The majority opinion "reduces to rubble" many inmates' Sixth Amendment rights to the "effective assistance of counsel," she added.
"The Sixth Amendment guarantees criminal defendants the right to the effective assistance of counsel at trial," Sotomayor wrote. "Today, however, the court hamstrings the federal courts' authority to safeguard that right."

"It's hard to overstate how significant this technical ruling is for state prisoners trying to argue that they haven't received the effective assistance of counsel guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/23/politics/supreme-court-prisoners-federal-court-evidence/index.html

Holy crap!

This is nearly taking away the right to appeal!

Racist states, courts & public defenders are no longer held to perform at their best to defend the accused.

This is a DEATH SENTENCE for some!

Cal Dem Party Primary Recommendations

Hope this helps!


Personally, I'm simply voting the party ticket. Many new names. Too much at stake.

Feinstein is not up for re-election this year so Padilla is listed twice for Full Term and Special (Partial / Unexpired Kamala Harris' term).

G. Newsom, Fiona Ma, Tony Thurmond, Alex Padilla, Rob Bonta - looks right to me.

The words should NOT be "Pro life", the idea, meaning and concept is "ANTI-CHOICE". We all

need to make that perfectly clear.

In every discussion, no longer us the words 'pro life', use Anti-Choice.

Morning Joe blames 'powerful cable news network' for Buffalo massacre

Morning Joe blames 'powerful cable news network' for Buffalo massacre.

5:34 including a short interview with Rev. Al Sharpton.


S.C.O.T.U.S : Supreme Court Omits Truth Until Seated

Fixed it!

MTG hearing clearly shows that the obvious reason that MTG couldn't

simply and honestly say "No" to most of the questions is because she would be lying.

Who would have thought?

I personally do not think that the plaintiff's lawyer did a very good job. He could have pressed every "I don't recall
with a "So then, you are NOT denying that you were there or said that, correct?".

He only did that a handful of times.

That she was considered a hostile witness by the judge probably holds more weight than anything the plaintiff's lawyer got her to say during the hearing.

Manifest Destitute

Let's face it, as we dumb down our kids and divide citizens with outright lies of convenience about history, politics and race, and make up BS about the liberal education of arts and science turning kids gay and trans, much of our populace will end up confused, resentful, unedcated, unemployed, unhireable, poor, homeless, hateful and destitute.

The GOP and far right are manifesting this.

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect, and author (13 Apr 1743-1826)


Never been truer today.

This is one of the main reasons why the GQP WANTS to keep people uneducated, another is to keep people employed at cheap wage and stuck in their job they don't like. And there are more reasons as well.

USDA - Pure socialism at it's WORST !!

USDA To Compensate Drought-Stricken Ranchers for Above Normal Costs to Haul Livestock to Forage


Due to the persistent drought conditions in the West, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering additional relief through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to help ranchers cover above normal costs of hauling livestock to forage or other grazing acres. This policy enhancement complements previously announced ELAP compensation for hauling feed to livestock. ELAP livestock and feed hauling assistance is retroactive for 2021 and will be available for losses in 2022 and subsequent years.

“Stakeholder input matters. After we rolled out updated ELAP policy last year to help cover the cost of hauling feed to livestock, thankful producers across the country expressed their appreciation for the expanded assistance and made suggestions to further improve the program,” said Zach Ducheneaux, FSA Administrator. “The additional update we are announcing today to help ranchers cover above normal costs of hauling livestock to forage reflects our commitment to meet our producers’ needs, whenever we have the flexibility and authority to do so.”

“Unfortunately, drought conditions across the U.S. continue and, in many states, have worsened. In response, we continue to find ways to help livestock producers alleviate some of the financial strain,” said Blong Xiong State Executive Director for FSA in California. “This most recent ELAP program update recognizes that, for some ranchers, hauling livestock to forage rather than feed to livestock is easier and makes more sense financially.”


WTF? These ranchers are a big part of the problem that's causing the DROUGHT!!

The way they vote, the product the produce.

The free market does not apply Big Ag.

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