US Supreme Court sides with man who sent female musician barrage of unwanted messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out the stalking conviction of a Colorado man who claimed that thousands of unwanted Facebook messages he sent to a female musician were protected speech under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

The 7-2 decision vacated a lower court’s ruling that Billy Counterman’s messages to Denver singer-songwriter Coles Whalen were excluded from First Amendment protections for freedom of speech.

A rural prosecutor pledged reform. Critics say he delivered disaster.

ALAMOSA, Colo. — Alonzo Payne was an unlikely candidate in rural southern Colorado, where potatoes and cattle are pillars of the economy and politics lean red.

Jackson confirmed as first Black female high court justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a historic barrier by securing her place as the first Black female justice and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his promised effort to diversify the high court.

Oklahoma will lose its prosecutors if we do not fund them

Oklahoma’s justice system is on the verge of a crisis. Qualified, experienced prosecutors are necessary for the criminal justice system to function properly, yet prosecutors are leaving District Attorney’s offices in increasing numbers for the simple reason we cannot pay a competitive salary.