Adam Smith // 3/14/19 //
Minutes after Paul Manafort received his second federal sentence in less than two weeks, Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance added a sixteen-count state indictment into the mix. DOD announced that it would begin implementing President Trump’s transgender service ban, despite a number of pending challenges in the federal courts. The Sixth Circuit upheld Ohio’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood. California imposed a death-penalty moratorium. President Trump grounded the Boeing jet blamed for deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie, Easha, and Jason discuss a new lawsuit by Huawei against various Trump Administration officials, plus they delve into international extradition law and look at the case of the company's detained CFO.
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION
The indictment was announced shortly after a Washington, D.C., federal judge sentenced Manafort to 43 months for a raft of campaign-related offenses (WSJ).
The Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop offers no warrant for rampant free exercise exceptionalism, in which the normal rules of constitutional law are suspended or inverted, writes Joshua Matz on this blog.
The Pentagon announced that President Trump’s transgender military-service ban will take effect on April 12 (NYT).
An en banc Sixth Circuit upheld Ohio’s decision to strip Planned Parenthood of its state funding (AP).
In the aftermath of an election riled by allegations of vote-tampering and voter suppression, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is expected to sign a controversial overhaul of the state’s voting systems into law (AP).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a moratorium on the state’s use of the death penalty, staying the executions of more than 700 people (NYT).