That completely ends Trump's argument (which he stopped making some time ago) that the states could have filed new slates of electors, and couldn't alter their election practices (due to covid) without full legislative authority. That case is going to play big in Georgia and probably in the J6 prosecution. The Supremes continue to drive nails in Trump's coffin; which is an interesting, and too overlooked, story in itself.
Third (and *last*) ruling is Moore v. Harper.— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) June 27, 2023
For a 6-3 majority (Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch dissenting), Chief Justice Roberts reaches the merits and *rejects* the "independent state legislature" theory:https://t.co/EfbSKSwBm7
The former is the result of a careful, deliberative process of legal reasoning (I haven't read the opinion, so I may change my mind; but for the moment, the benefit of the doubt is invoked). The latter is hare-brained nonsense of the "LOCK 'EM UP!" and the "Sentence first--verdict afterwards" reasoning of the Queen of Hearts. It's anti-legal reasoning because it's against any process of law and solely for the purpose, in fact, of ending legal process because Fitton doesn't like where it's headed or who it's aiming at. Which doesn't make it a big deal at all, except in the context of recent news.
The leak of the Trump tape could and, in light of other prosecutorial abuse, should end the Biden regime's current prosecution of Trump.— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 27, 2023
Releasing that tape doesn't do Trump any damned good at all. He's exposed himself, all but confessed to the crime on camera, and done nothing to dissuade the prosecution in Florida. Indeed, he makes a prosecution in New Jersey more likely.
Trump tape strategy call: if Trump moves to keep out Bedminster tape from FLA trial, and Cannon agrees, Trump will have goaded Jack Smith to charge the possession/dissemination in New Jersey where the tape will be clearly admissible.— Andrew Weissmann 🌻 (@AWeissmann_) June 27, 2023