Gavel Drop: Accused Planned Parenthood Shooter Has Change of Heart

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Gavel Drop: Accused Planned Parenthood Shooter Has Change of Heart

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Accused Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear wants to plead "not guilty," and the Colorado Supreme Court wants to know what is in his arrest file.

Welcome to Gavel Drop, our roundup of legal news, headlines, and head-shaking moments in the courts.

The Colorado Supreme Court ordered documents related to the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting unsealed, while accused shooter Robert Lewis Dear Jr. has said he now plans to plead “not guilty” to the event.

The New York Times editorial board has this to say: “State attacks against Planned Parenthood inflict ‘substantial and immediate’ harm on low-income women,” to which we say, “exactly.” Low-income women often can’t get health care anywhere else, and the anti-choicers seem to think women should get health care in school gymnasiums and homeless shelters.

Tamara Tabo writes for Above the Law that although she is opposed to abortion, David Daleiden deserves to be prosecuted.

The ex-lawyer for the “D.C. Madam” has petitioned the Supreme Court to unseal phone records in case they include customer names that “could affect the 2016 presidential election.”

Roe is gone. The chaos is just beginning.

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A compelling read on how Planned Parenthood v. Casey was really the death of Roe v. Wade and any substantive recognition of abortion rights.

Dahlia Lithwick says Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland should show up to the Supreme Court and have a seat. Literally.

The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could restore the voting rights of approximately 20,000 former felons in the state.

Colleges are spending millions dealing with Title IX sexual misconduct complaints. This in and of itself should be a force driving reforms, but for some reason that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Abortion clinic protesters in Pennsylvania want a federal court to rule they have the constitutional right to shout outside at clinic patients and staff.

The Supreme Court turned away a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to review his corruption convictions, which included his attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama after his election.

Florida health regulators quietly abandoned efforts to fine three Planned Parenthood health clinics on allegations the clinics performed unlawful later abortions in violation of their licenses.

Here’s a story of news cycles colliding. It turns out that Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland was one of three federal judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals who denied Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s efforts to get his gun back after a 1999 arrest for unlawfully carrying it into a House of Representatives office building.

The Department of Labor released a rule requiring employers to disclose when they’ve met with anti-union consultants. Naturally, business groups challenged it almost immediately.

The Kansas Supreme Court has been instrumental in blocking the most radical reforms proposed by state Republicans. So now Kansas Republicans are going after the court.

Mark Joseph Stern has a sobering look at the effects of the anti-LGBTQ law passed in Mississippi.