Thursday round-up

At NPR, Nina Totenberg looks back at the life of Edith Windsor, “the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages,” who became “an octogenarian rock star in the gay rights community.” Another look at Windsor’s life and her legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act comes from Lisa Keen at Keen News Service.

In an op-ed and an accompanying op-doc in The New York Times, David Feige urges the court to seize a “rare opportunity to correct a flawed doctrine that for the past two decades has relied on junk social science to justify punishing more than 800,000 Americans,” by reviewing two cases that “concern people on the sex offender registry and the kinds of government control that can constitutionally be imposed on them.” At ACS Blog, Bidish Sarma focuses on the cert petition in one of the cases, Karsjens v. Piper, a class action challenging Minnesota’s sex-offender civil commitment regime[‘s]” “profound and persistent failure to ensure that individuals who pose no danger to society actually get released.”


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