In other Supreme Court news…

…the Court handed down a 6-2 decision in Voisine et al v. U.S., that reckless domestic assaults can be considered misdemeanors that restrict gun ownership. (If you’ll remember, this is the case in which Associate Justice Clarence Thomas broke his 10-year silence on the bench to ask a question. He, along with unlikely ally Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, …

Read Justice Sotomayor’s dissent in Utah v. Strieff

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3  that the exclusionary rule does not apply when an officer makes an illegal stop, runs a warrant check on the suspect’s ID, learns that the suspect has an outstanding warrant, and then searches the suspect incident to arrest on the warrant. But you need to read Justice Sotomayor’s …

For this, he breaks his silence?

The news is all over that Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas broke his 10-year silence (a record!) during yesterday’s oral arguments in Voisine v. United States. And the reason he spoke up? To question the gun ban that exists for domestic abusers. During a five-minute exchange with Ilana Eisenstein, the lawyer for the government, the conversation focused: largely on the …