Does “one person, one vote”, a rallying cry of the Civil Rights Movement, and one that the Supreme Court enshrined in a 1964 decision in Reynolds v. Sims, mean voting districts should have the same number of people, or the same number of eligible voters? That’s the new case, Evenwel v. Abbott, that the Court agreed to hear next term.
And also an excuse for me to exercise my inner cartoonist.
Nothing to say except I’m glad it’s over, which, of course, it isn’t.
On the first full day of deliberations the jury had a question that so perplexed the judge and lawyers that clarification was sought before it could be answered.
A first for this trial, we heard Tsarnaev laugh. While waiting for jurors to enter the courtroom to be dismissed for the day Tsarnaev, chatting with his lawyers as he usually does, let out a guffaw, then quickly checked himself.
The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard closing arguments yesterday on sentencing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life or death. Here are the sketches.
Yesterday was a strange day, eighty degrees in the morning, fifty-five by afternoon. It was also the last day of testimony in the death penalty case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.The defense called as their final witness Sister Helen Prejean of “Dead Man Walking” fame. She testified about several meetings with Tsarnaev during which he once said, “No one deserves to suffer like they did.” Whether that was an expression of remorse, or merely regret is not clear.
The government called two rebuttal witnesses and we were done. Closing arguments tomorrow and then it’s in the hands of the jury, Dzhokhar’s life that is.