Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island filed a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge to New York City’s gun regulations. The brief includes a withering critique of the Court’s conservative majority, which Whitehouse accuses of judicial activism. The senator predicted a ruling against the City would inflame progressive efforts to pack the high court.
Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island filed a legal brief before the Supreme Court in a challenge to New York City’s gun transportation regulations, advancing a broad indictment of the Roberts Court itself as he urged the justices to turn away the NRA-backed case.
The brief, which follows back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, accuses the justices of delivering partisan decisions for monied Republican interests while warning of lasting damage to the Supreme Court’s legitimacy.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics,’” Whitehouse wrote, alluding to court-packing measures that have gained traction in progressive circles. “Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs