Democrats' legal brief on Supreme Court: reality check or threat?

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"The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it." That statement comes from a legal brief that a small group of Democratic senators filed in an upcoming New York State gun control case. Their memo has ignited a firestorm, particularly because of the line that follows: “Perhaps the court can heal itself -- before the public demands it be restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.” The Democrats say they’re merely giving the court a reality check when it comes to public perception. But others, particularly conservatives, see the memo as tantamount to a threat.

Also, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in California, handed the Trump administration a partial win in its push for an asylum ban. This is the Trump policy that prevents someone from applying for asylum in the U.S. if they passed through another country and didn’t seek protection there first.

And a federal judge threw four of the five south Orange County cities off a lawsuit that advocacy groups filed on behalf of the homeless.

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Guest:
Jessica Levinson - Professor, LMU's Loyola Law School in Los Angeles - @LevinsonJessica

Host:
Rico Gagliano

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski