The potential “solution” is for the Court to come in after Joe Biden has been inaugurated and declare what are and are not permissible election practices for the future. The more important lesson from recent events is how and why the Supreme Court failed us; that is a problem that will recur whereas we may never again have a president with Mr. Trump’s foibles. Manhattan, July 12, 1870 & 1871. We will soon be rid of Mr. Trump — for good or ill. As I have previously noted in these pages, he accomplished much while in office, but his personality offended and alienated many Americans. You really are ignorant. What started as a peaceful protest at Centennial Olympic Park Friday afternoon turned into … A number of grainy photos showed various people, some draped in Trump flags, posing on the Senate floor like it was a theme park attraction. The 1960s and preceding decades were not welcoming times for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. From stealing an election to vilifying a sitting President, the left hasn’t stopped harassing Trump and his followers. /**/. However, the New York State Liquor Authority penalized and shut down establishments … Not exactly Profiles in Courage. They were … Injuries were also widespread and gruesome. House Republican Leader McCarthy made the case against impeachment, saying that a vote to impeach will further divide the nation and fan the … Looks like they're liberating it," the group wrote. Yet the Democrats are still wondering what caused the riots at Capitol Hill. Police tweeted the graphic video that … Boston: Riots and looting broke out in Boston following the death of George Floyd in late May and early June, and included police vehicles being set ablaze, according to Boston 25. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? "God bless America and all her patriots.". Were the Tottenham riots sparked by the beating of a 16-year-old girl? The answer is a simple if inconvenient truth: until December 31, 2020, I was affiliated with a law firm that represents the Biden campaign on various issues and although I was not involved personally in that representation, I was not free to speak my mind until now. The allegations went to the constitutional legitimacy of election procedures in a presidential election in which voters in both Texas and Pennsylvania participated. At least two people died — one a man who was fatally shot at … Capitol Riot Fallout From Riot to Impeachment The riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, followed a rally at which President Trump made an inflammatory speech to … Regardless of whether a criminal court could convict Mr. Trump under current First Amendment law, he will pay a heavy price for his irresponsible behavior; he may be impeached and even if he is not, his standing in history will be further sullied. The Court was essentially saying that one team has no interest in whether the other team is cheating. Suppose the Supreme Court had taken the Texas case before the electors met and had ruled by a 5-4 (or maybe even a 6-3) majority that the last presidential election was invalid and enjoined the vote in the electoral college? For instance, solicitation of same-sex relations was illegal in New York City.For such reasons, LGBT individuals flocked to gay bars and clubs, places of refuge where they could express themselves openly and socialize without worry. The reason that the Supreme Court often disappoints by showing up late to a heated controversy is because its power is really quite limited and amounts to only its fragile moral authority. Article commenting is temporarily unavailable while we carry out essential upgrade work. President Trump helped provoke the swarms of his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. Read our full mailing list consent terms here, The group is being sued by the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law for what it calls a "racist attack on Metropolitan AME church," which "was one of several levied against churches targeted for their support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.". The group says it intentionally dressed in black on the day of the riot, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. It’s just plain false. Future elections will get even worse with both sides doing what they perceive the other side got away with in the last election. That is because the Constitution gives the power to decide on the “manner of selection” of presidential electors to the state legislatures. "The mob was fed lies. I can point to a dozen riots this year that were much more damning for the person that died. Over two-thirds of the sitting Republican members of Congress also took the extraordinary step of joining an amicus brief pleading with the Court to hear the case. A number of vehicles and businesses were burned and a Covid-19 testing facility in the city of Urk had been destroyed. Retaliation is the ultimate law of the jungle. Trump, who previously characterized Black Lives Matter protesters as "thugs," said on Twitter that the people involved in the riots Wednesday were "great patriots who … In some sense, it was more important that the Court hear the case and rule on the issues than how it ruled. In this image made from video, a Covid-19 testing center is seen after being set on fire in Urk, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Amsterdam, Saturday, January 23, 2021. The law usually assigns legal responsibility to the “proximate cause,” typically the one closest in time, but not necessarily the “ultimate cause” that created the dangerous situation in the first place. Like Senator Cruz and many others, I was dismayed that the Supreme Court refused to hear Texas’s lawsuit, joined by 17 other states, challenging the election procedures in four swing states. Regardless of the outcome, the constitutional crises resulting from such a seemingly partisan ruling would have made Watergate look like a hiccup. By this standard, Trump’s inflammatory statements urging the then mostly peaceful protestors to go up to Capitol Hill and “fight” probably were the proximate cause of the riot. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Trump loyalist, echoed right-wing conspiracy theories during the Congressional count last night, alleging that the Trump and Confederate-flag waving, largely white, unmasked and vocally supportive group of the president's supporters that stormed the Capitol were actually antifa plants. Riots at Sydney's Long Bay prison, which were broken up with tear gas, began after a fight over a lack of drugs being smuggled in due to coronavirus lockdowns. The title of the report by the 2005 bi-partisan commission chaired by James Baker and Jimmy Carter says it all: “Building Confidence in U.S. Elections.” It is past time to restore the credibility of our broken election system which is subject to partisan manipulation by both sides. A DC judge banned Mr Tarrio from entering the District. An estimated 30 people have died after supposedly “peaceful” protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd’s death on May 25. Perhaps he did not intend them to break into the Capitol, but if there ever was a case of “shouting fire in a crowded theater” (to quote Justice Holmes in a famous 1919 First Amendment case), his remarks qualify. The false reports of a police-involved shooting sparked a violent night of looting and vandalism across the city. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but are excited to bring you a host of new commenting features very soon. Sociologists call this a “blood feud,” in which both sides start retaliating for what they see as past abuses by the other side. The commission found that in the 1967 riots, 83 people were killed and 1,800 injured, most of them African-American, and property valued at more than … What the Court should do now to repair some of the damage. The treacherous pawns (cops) were also terrified," a Proud Boy wrote on the group's Telegram social media page. But the deeper “ultimate cause” of this assault on regular democratic procedures is really more important, if less obvious, than Mr. Trump’s role in inciting the riot. The violence sparked by a pro-Trump mob that clashed with police and stormed the U.S. Capitol caused a lockdown and resulted in four deaths: A … If the Supreme Court is so concerned about preserving its own power and legitimacy that it doesn’t get involved, what will happen? Since being elected, President Trump has put America first and helped stimulate one of the largest economies in the world. ... the first thing caused the second. WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Capitol Police officer hurt while trying to defend the seat of the United States government from pro-Trump rioters died late … This is the last full day of the Trump term...Read More, If President Trump has accomplished nothing else — and he...Read More, Human beings, and especially our politicians, have a need to...Read More, Wednesday will mark the four-year anniversary of the violent Antifa...Read More, Washington, D.C. — “I’m going to need to see some...Read More, Here's something you already know: Joe Biden doesn't need 26,000...Read More, How the Supreme Court Caused the Riot at the Capitol. Symeon Brown. There were … The riots spread to other parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul and caused an estimated $500 million in damage. How did Lincoln use/abuse his presidential war powers? The group - a Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate group that was told to "stand back and stand by" by Donald Trump during a presidential debate earlier this year - posted messages boasting and taking credit for the riot. https://www.independent.co.uk/.../proud-boys-terror-capitol-riot-b1783996.html Close Trump allies behind rally that sparked U.S. Capitol riot: records By Richard Lardner And Michelle R. Smith The Associated Press Posted January 17, 2021 7:51 pm 8. That appears to be what the Supreme Court is thinking; it recently denied a request by the Trump campaign for an expedited hearing, and set the date for a response to the Trump campaign’s latest lawsuit for two days after Joe Biden is inaugurated as President. Protests: The footage of the beating sparked protests in Los Angeles, but after the officers were acquitted , they turned more violent. Whether the rumour of a … It declared the “red scare” unconstitutional in 1957 after it had ended. Riots sparked by the police killing of George Floyd could cost insurance companies $1 billion to $2 billion — possibly making them the most expensive in US history, an industry group says. However, events often have more than a single cause. Okay, now that I have your attention, my provocative title does not in any way absolve President Donald J. Trump and his allies of responsibility for the outrageous actions of the hooligans who broke into the Capitol on January 6 and terrorized our elected representatives and their staffs while they were engaged in debating the fairness of the last presidential election. By this standard, Trump’s inflammatory statements urging the then mostly peaceful protestors to go up to Capitol Hill and “fight” probably were the proximate cause of the riot. During the war, Lincoln abused his presidential powers. Mr Tarrio wrote on the Proud Boys' Parler feed that the group would be "incognito and we will spread across downtown DC in smaller teams. BLM activists were involved in 95 percent of the riots for which there is information about the perpetrators’ affiliation. Let’s hope that the justices know what they are doing. Watch this space. They participated in them in hopes of stopping this injustice. Atlanta. Perhaps the Court will eventually rise to the occasion and try to restore regular order to our elections after the current controversy has simmered down. Senator Ted Cruz — one smart cookie whether or not you agree with his politics on any particular issue — said it best: “I wish the court had taken one or both of those cases [brought by the President and 18 states alleging irregularities in the last presidential election]. Around 131 riots were recorded, though many were relatively non-violent. 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The great legal scholar who taught me constitutional law, the late Alexander Bickel, famously catalogued the prudential reasons that the Court often ducks controversial issues, which he called “the passive virtues.” The conservative majority on the Court today is concerned primarily about “judicial restraint” of activist judges and has taken Bickel’s lessons to heart — perhaps too much so. I think that the justices will be sympathetic to judges interpreting ambiguous or silent laws, but they may say that if the law laid down by state legislatures is sufficiently unambiguous, courts or election officials may not change the rules of the game for a presidential election on their own. Many protests during the civil rights movement were a response to police brutality, including the 1965 Watts riotswhich resulted in the deaths of 34 people, mostly African Americans. Such virtues can be carried too far and become vices if the court uses them as an excuse to refuse to play its crucial role as a balance wheel in our legal system, as Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy Barnett rightly points out in a different context. Prior to the rally, the leader of the Proud Boys, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio was arrested for burning a Black Lives Matter sign that was stolen from a church in Washington DC. On Parler, another social media platform that welcomes extremists banned from Twitter and Facebook for violating those sites Terms of Service agreements, the Proud Boys openly supported the Capitol insurrection. Is Mass Immigration Killing Two-Party Democracy in the U.S.? I doubt that the Court could have made its ruling stick. A personal postscript: A few readers may wonder why I waited until now to address what is possibly the most important legal issue of my lifetime, the disputed presidential election of 2020. 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