Comparing the case to free speech battles involving Vietnam war protesters, Milwaukee judge Brett Ludwig ruled that a sheriff violated free speech protections when he asked a teen to remove an Instagram post about Covid-19 that “upset” local parents.
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has blamed virus-related court backlogs for a 58 percent increase in the Rikers population, and called on judges to use supervised release instead of jail for people accused of nonviolent offenses.
Exacerbated by the pandemic, the nationwide decline of jury trials is threatening to derail citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed access to impartial justice, according to the assistant county attorney in Harris County, Texas.
The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) assigned grades to state prison systems that designated their effectiveness in mitigating COVID-19. The results indicate that no state received higher than a “C” — a disturbing conclusion that reflects the reality in prisons, where unsanitary conditions and tightly packed quarters allowed the virus to take hold.