Editorial: A day of infamy at Florida's Death Court
Thursday was a day of infamy at the Florida Supreme Court. Over one anguished dissent, five arch-conservative justices discarded a nearly 50-year-old precedent in order to approve more executions, not caring whether the prisoners actually deserve to die.The justices renounced their duty to review death sentences for proportionality — that is, whether execution would be too severe in comparison to other cases.The court adopted that policy in 1973 as its basis for upholding Florida’s new death penalty law, which had been enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision that capital punishmen...
Philadelphia to sue Pa. over inability to enact city-specific gun laws
PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney and a host of city leaders on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against Pennsylvania seeking the right to enact the city’s own gun-control ordinances.The legal effort marks the latest attempt by local officials in Pennsylvania to overturn a concept in state law known as preemption, which prohibits cities from creating and enforcing local gun laws.It also comes as the city is in the midst of its most violent year in more than a decade. Through Tuesday, 366 people have been killed in 2020 — the vast majority fatally shot — and more than 1,600 people have been wounded ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: A 'nutrition facts label' for the Chinese government's thin skin
As an uneasy back-to-school season kicks off in the midst of a pandemic, campuses from sea to shining sea may be dealing with another precarious scenario as speech suppression by China spills onto American shores. A new national security law was recently enacted by Beijing, which criminalizes dissent and claims worldwide jurisdiction — but America’s schools should come together and defend their academic integrity in front of the “China challenge.”In the wake of uncertainty over how China may choose to enforce this law, some of America’s Ivy League professors are reportedly taking steps to prot...
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