Friday round-up
By: James Romoser
on August 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Publication: SCOTUSblog

Friday round-up

The Trump administration said it will ask the Supreme Court to reinstate a death sentence for one of the Boston Marathon bombers, and the administration also filed a cert petition in a case involving President Donald Trump’s practice of blocking people on Twitter. In the Boston bombing case, Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department plans to ask the Supreme Court to review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit that vacated the death penalty for Dzkokhar Tsarnaev, Michael Balsamo and Alanna Durkin Richer report. Tsarnaev and his brother were convicted of placing homemade bombs near the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon. In the Twitter case, the Justice Department wants the court to review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit that said Trump violates the First Amendment when he blocks his critics from following him on the social media platform, the Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin reports. For other noteworthy recent petitions, see the Petitions of the Week column from SCOTUSblog’s Andrew Hamm.


Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Justice Department had already filed a cert petition asking the Supreme Court to review the Tsarnaev ruling. The department plans to file a petition but has not yet done so.

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