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5 Major Problems with ProPublica’s Latest ‘Ethics’ Hit Piece on Justice Clarence Thomas

There are five major problems with the latest so-called “ethics” attack on Justice Clarence Thomas, which this time is a hit piece from the leftwing ProPublica, attempting to kick Thomas off an upcoming Supreme Court case.

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Biden DOJ Files Appeal to Supreme Court in High-Stakes Abortion Pill Case

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D.C. Attorney General Launches Politically Driven Investigation into Leonard Leo

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito: Senate Democrat Durbin's Call for Recusal ‘Unsound’

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito rejected calls from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) for his recusal from an upcoming case, saying the partisan Democrat’s argument is legally “unsound.”

Mexican Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion Nationwide

The Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalized abortion at the federal level Wednesday, deeming all existing federal criminal penalties for abortion in Mexico's Federal Penal Code to be unconstitutional.

Emails: Two Weeks After Attempted Kavanaugh Assassination, USMS ‘Unaware’ of ‘Specific, Targeted Threat’ to Justices Before Overturn of Roe

FIRST ON THE DAILY SIGNAL: An internal email from the U.S. Marshals Service to staff members states that the agency was unaware of any “specific, targeted threat to a USMS-protected facility or person” one day before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The Marshals Service email does not mention Nicholas Roske’s alleged assassination attempt on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh two weeks earlier, nor does it mention that the justices’ addresses had been posted online.

Roske has said that he was motivated to kill Kavanaugh by seeing the justice’s home address posted on the internet. The addresses are still readily available on the internet.

The Marshals Service did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

In the June 23, 2022, notice sent to the Marshals Service leadership and communications teams, the agency’s staff addressed the then-pending ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, according to emails obtained by The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

The email states that following the May 3, 2022, leak of the draft opinion indicating that Roe v. Wade would soon be overturned, “there have been several acts of property damage, arson, vandalism, and threats/intimidation against Federal Court Houses, protected persons, as well as private businesses, houses of worship, and reproductive health care services facilities/providers.”

Activists had been consistently protesting “at both the U.S. Supreme Court and Justices’ residences,” the memo acknowledges, though it does not say that that was because far-left activist groups such as Ruth Sent Us had posted the justices’ home addresses online. Though Ruth Sent Us was suspended from Twitter, the justices’ addresses remain posted on the platform.

The Marshals Service notice acknowledges that “multiple” instances of vandalism and arson at “pro-life associated entities nationwide” are linked to the terrorist group Jane’s Revenge, adding: “It is unknown if the individuals associated with these incidents are using Jane’s Revenge as a slogan or are operating as a coordinated group.”

There have been more than just “multiple” attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers, however: Since the May 2022 leak, there have been 88 attacks on pro-life pregnancy resource centers and 186 attacks on Catholic churches to date, according to Catholic Vote trackers.

CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND - JUNE 29: Far-left activists with Our Rights DC march in front of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's house on June 29, 2022 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Far-left activists with Our Rights D.C. march in front of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home on June 29, 2022, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Notably, the notice adds: “[The Judicial Security Division] is unaware of any specific, targeted threat to a USMS-protected facility or person; however, the likelihood of protests occurring as a response to the ruling is great.”

The claim comes as a surprise, given the ongoing protests outside the homes of the justices. Additionally, on June 8, 2022—the day authorities arrested Roske—Ruth Sent Us called for protests at Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s home and church in a post that discussed the family’s daily schedule.

The Supreme Court did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Signal as to whether the justices had faced threats to their families during this time period. In March, the Supreme Court asked Congress to increase funding to help protect the justices.

The Marshals Service memo also did not mention how authorities arrested Roske near the Kavanaugh family home and charged him with attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh apparently was not Roske’s only target.

“Im gonna stop roe v wade from being overturned,” Roske told a friend, according to an FBI search warrant obtained by Fox News, saying he would “remove some people from the Supreme Court.”

That friend told Roske that “two dead judges ain’t gonna do nothing,” adding, “The whole government is f—–. There’s no fixing that. You would die before you killed them all.”

“Yeah,” Roske responded, “but I could get at least one, which would change the votes for decades to come, and I am shooting for 3. All of the major decisions for the past 10 years have been along party lines, so if there are more liberal than conservative judges, they will have the power.” 

Meanwhile, groups of far-left activists—including individuals such as Sadie KuhnsMelissa BarlowNikki Enfield, and Nadine Seiler—were protesting at the homes of the Supreme Court justices in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1507 in federal law.

Attorney General Merrick Garland acknowledged this spring that it’s a federal crime to protest outside a judge’s home with the intent of influencing that judge’s rulings. Garland has not enforced that law, though both Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and then-Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan requested that he do so, and in March, Garland claimed that the U.S. marshals “on scene” make the decision “whether to make an arrest.”

Ted Cruz: “Is it a federal crime to protest outside of a judge’s home with the intent of influencing that judge as to a pending case?”

AG Garland: “The answer to that is yes.”

— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) March 1, 2023

The Marshals Service memo calls for “districts experiencing protest activity” to document all activity affecting “protected facility operations as a demonstration incident in Capture,” the Marshals Service database.

The email added: “If the demonstration has a significant impact on judicial operations, significant incident reporting protocols apply.”

Similarly, in an attached Judicial Security Division Information Bulletin dated June 2, 2022, also obtained by the Oversight Project, the Marshals’ JSD again emphasizes that it has “no specific information on current threats to any USMS-protected persons, protected facilities, or the judicial process.”

That bulletin came six days before the attempted Kavanaugh assassination.

The Daily Signal previously reported that Republicans accused the Justice Department of “actively” seeking to “dissuade” the U.S. Marshals Service from enforcing 18 U.S.C. § 1507 to protect the Supreme Court justices.

And in a May 3 letter to Garland, Republican Sens. Katie Britt of Alabama, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah revealed that they had obtained “post orders” dated May 19, 2022, that claim the Marshals Service “is not in a position to enforce” federal and state law.

Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett chat before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address at the Capitol on Feb. 7. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Marshals Service should not engage protesters “unless they attempt to enter private property,” the post orders said, according to the senators. (That matches what members of the U.S. Marshals Service told The Daily Signal on the ground at Chief Justice John Roberts’ home in January.)

Additionally, June 4, 2022, post orders obtained by the lawmakers, dated four days before the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life, reportedly warned the marshals that they “should not engage in protest-related enforcement actions beyond that which are strictly and immediately necessary and tailored to ensure the physical safety of the Justices and their families.”

Like similar materials that Britt revealed in March, the post orders also allegedly ordered U.S. Marshals Service personnel that “[a]ny contemplated USMS enforcement action should be coordinated in advance” with the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“This is the exact kind of thing from the Biden DOJ that continues to cause people across Alabama and America to fear that there is a two-tiered system of justice in our country,” Britt said in an emailed statement to The Daily Signal at the time. “The simple fact of the matter is that the Administration agreed with the protestors’ politics and willfully chose not to enforce the law.”

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Former Harvard Journal Editor Accuses Biden of More Plagiarism

One of the Harvard Journal on Legislation’s former editors revealed Monday that he was “shocked by the plagiarism” that he discovered in a 2000 article submitted by then-Sen. Joe Biden.

Roger Severino, now vice president of domestic policy at The Heritage Foundation, weighed in Monday in a Twitter thread on the president’s “tradition of embellishing,” as analyzed by The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

“My first assignment as a junior editor at the Harvard Journal on Legislation (1999-2000) was to cite check an article submitted by one Sen. Joseph R. Biden,” Severino explained. His tweet thread links to the now-president’s article, titled “The Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act: A Defense.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Signal.

My first assignment as a junior editor at the Harvard Journal on Legislation (1999-2000) was to cite check an article submitted by one Sen. Joseph R. Biden. I was shocked by the plagiarism I discovered. ?

— Roger Severino (@RogerSeverino_) September 4, 2023

“Cite-checking involves formatting case citations under highly prescribed rules and searching Westlaw to make sure the cases haven’t been overruled or superseded,” Severino explained. “Because I was interested in the article’s topic (civil rights), I read a bunch of the cited cases all the way through.”

Severino said that at this point, he noticed that “a certain turn of phrase” in one of the opinions he was reading sounded “oddly familiar.”

“So, I turned back to Biden’s article, and there it was,” he said. “He had lifted language straight out of a [Supreme Court] opinion, changed a couple words, and called them his own. There were no quote marks and no footnote or anything else attributing the court as the source.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, right, and Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.) discuss the Campaign 2000 on NBC's "Meet the Press" September 24, 2000 in Washington. (Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers)
Then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., is joined by then-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge in discussing the 2000 campaign on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sept. 24, 2000, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Wong/Newsmakers)

“I then read the piece through again, and multiple other phrases sounded familiar,” he continued. “Turns out they, too, were plagiarized from opinions. I believe this merited rejecting the article outright for plagiarism, so I emailed the lead editor and presented the indisputable proof.”

The Harvard Journal on Legislation’s editors “covered for Biden,” according to Severino.

“They ‘fixed’ the plagiarism by adding proper attributions and acted like the whole incident never happened,” he said. “But this was no innocent mistake, where Biden ‘forgot’ a quote mark or two, which would be bad enough. Instead, he engaged in ‘mosaic plagiarism,’ which entails taking a quote and swapping some words with synonyms to make the plagiarism harder to detect. This indicates what’s known in law as ‘consciousness of guilt.’”

Severino added: “Worse still, Biden was *already* known to have plagiarized before this article crossed my desk, yet was brazen enough to try it again.”

Biden has previously admitted to “a mistake” in plagiarizing five pages from a published law review article without quoting or attributing that article while he was at Syracuse University College of Law in the 1960s. The school’s faculty ultimately decided Biden would get an “F” in the course, but could retake it and get a new grade, according to The New York Times.

“My intent was not to deceive anyone,” Biden wrote in a November 1965 letter defending himself to the faculty. ”For if it were, I would not have been so blatant.”

“I was wrong, but I was not malevolent in any way,” he added. “I did not intentionally move to mislead anybody. And I didn’t. To this day I didn’t.”

The Harvard Journal on Legislation did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Signal.

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The post Former Harvard Journal Editor Accuses Biden of More Plagiarism appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Texas Supreme Court Allows Law Banning Transgender Procedures for Minors

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Clarence Thomas Financial Disclosures Refute Leftist Attacks on Supreme Court Justice

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Balance Flips 4-3 as Liberal Protasiewicz Joins Bench in Key Battleground State

Democrats gained the upper hand on the Wisconsin Supreme Court this month as a liberal justice, Janet Protasiewicz, begins a 10-year term, flipping the balance of that court to a partisan 4-3 advantage in a key battleground state both for the White House and control of the U.S. Senate.