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Minnesota lawmakers were unable to pass a projects bill and the Equal Rights Amendment in a chaotic and tense end to the legislative session. The projects bill would have funded various infrastructure and construction projects, while the Equal Rights Amendment aimed to add gender equality to the state’s constitution. Despite efforts from both parties, the bills were not able to garner enough support before the session ended.

Source: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/05/19/in-chaotic-close-minnesota-lawmakers-fail-to-pass-projects-bill-equal-rights-amendment

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team argued in the Senate impeachment trial that his actions were protected by the First Amendment and that the trial itself was unconstitutional. The defense also claimed that Trump did not incite the January 6th Capitol riot and that his speech was protected political speech. The prosecution argued that Trump’s actions were not protected by the First Amendment and that he was responsible for inciting the violence at the Capitol.

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-trial-live-updates-hush-money-gag-order-b2537390.html

The upcoming Supreme Court case will determine the constitutionality of laws that limit homelessness, with advocates arguing that these laws criminalize poverty and violate the Eighth Amendment. The case involves a challenge to a Boise, Idaho law that makes it a crime to sleep or camp in public spaces, even if there are no available shelter beds. The outcome of the case could have significant implications for the treatment of homeless individuals across the country.

Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/whats-at-stake-in-the-upcoming-supreme-court-case-on-laws-limiting-homelessness

A federal judge has overturned a West Virginia law that banned transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports, stating that it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The law, which was set to go into effect on July 9, would have prohibited transgender girls and women from participating in sports teams that align with their gender identity. The judge’s ruling was praised by LGBTQ+ advocates and criticized by supporters of the ban, who argue that it is necessary to ensure fair competition in women’s sports. The decision is expected to have implications for similar laws in other states.

Read more at: https://apnews.com/article/west-virginia-transgender-sports-ban-overturned-badf5518ada74d01a3f0a0420d2f4074

The Supreme Court has ruled that a man who participated in the Capitol riot can be charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, despite his argument that he was simply exercising his First Amendment rights. The decision sets a precedent for future cases involving individuals who claim they were acting in support of former President Trump’s false claims of election fraud. The ruling also highlights the ongoing legal battles surrounding the January 6th insurrection and the potential consequences for those involved.

Read more at: https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-capitol-riot-obstruction-charge-trump-d4b01cb32cdbd2065e802902a90bd9f1

In his recent article, “Erwin Chemerinsky and First Amendment Nincompoopery,” National Review writer Ed Whelan criticizes the arguments made by prominent legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky regarding the First Amendment. Whelan argues that Chemerinsky’s views on free speech and the government’s role in regulating it are misguided and ignore important historical context. He also accuses Chemerinsky of cherry-picking examples to support his arguments and failing to address counterarguments. Whelan concludes that Chemerinsky’s perspective on the First Amendment is flawed and should not be taken seriously.

Read more at: https://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/erwin-chemerinsky-and-first-amendment-nincompoopery/

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