PM Stories

Second federal execution this week is carried out after last-minute Supreme Court ruling Los Angeles Times 

The Supreme Court’s Unconscionable Rush to Kill a Prisoner Matt Ford, New Republic

Every prison cell is now a coronavirus death row Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times

Prison Populations Drop, But Not Because of COVID-19 Releases Damini Sharma, Weihua Li, Denise Lavoie, and Claudia Lauer, The Marshall Project

11th San Quentin inmate’s death tied to COVID-19 KTVU

Texas Prisons Have More COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Than Any Other State Jamal Andress, Newsy

As coronavirus spreads through Seagoville prison, inmates and family fear ‘a waiting game’ to get sick (Texas) LaVendrick Smith, Dallas Morning News

Austin, Texas, Just Voted to End the Drug War John Nichols, The Nation

In Austin Prosecutor Races, Wins for the Left and a Milestone for Drug Decriminalization Daniel Nichanian, The Appeal

Commonwealth’s Attorneys sign letter supporting criminal justice reform (Virginia) Max Marcilla, NBC

Who’s Policing the Prosecutors? Prosecutorial Accountability Chasing Justice

Will Merriam-Webster’s Coming Redefinition of “Racism” Revolutionize Discrimination Law? Elias Leake Quinn, Slate

Judge, Expressing Skepticism, Upends $25 Million Harvey Weinstein Settlement Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, New York Times

Ghislaine Maxwell, Deemed a Flight Risk, Is Denied Bail Matthew Schneier, New York Magazine

Shaking Up Your Perceptions Stuart Klawans, The Nation

New Jersey’s own ‘Exonerator’ has helped set 63 people free. John Grisham is a fan of his new book. Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Inquirer

AM Stories

Trump’s Aberrant Pardons and Commutations Jack Goldsmith and Matt Gluck, Lawfare

The Traditional Interpretation of the Pardon Power Is Wrong Corey Brettschneider and Jeffrey K. Tulis, The Atlantic

Trump’s ‘law and order’ is a code for maintaining personal power David Ignatius, Washington Post

Trump ad falsely suggests Biden supports defunding police Glenn Kessler, Washington Post

Bostock v. BLM Aziz Z. Huq, Boston Review

Americans agree on police reforms that have divided Washington, new poll shows Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico

Statewide Polling Shows Consensus Building for Police Reforms (California) City News Service

California bars police from using LAPD records in gang database. Critics want it axed Anita Chabria, Kevin Rector, and Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times

Becerra Restricts Access to LAPD Gang Records City News Service 

The NYPD Has Rejected Reform for Decades. It Can’t Anymore. Editorial Board, New York Times

Investigation: Watchdog gave 101 recommendations to improve policing. What did CPD do? (Ohio) Max Londberg, USA Today

Why is Boston standing by a racist police promotional exam? Adrian Walker, Boston Globe