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[COMMENTARY] Calls to Expand the Supreme Court After Landmark Rulings Strengthen 2A, Endanger Citizens

[COMMENTARY] Calls to Expand the Supreme Court After Landmark Rulings Strengthen 2A, Endanger Citizens

The Supreme Court limited the ability to enforce Miranda rights while loosening restrictions on open carry laws in rulings Thursday that provoked a heated reaction from the left demanding an expansion of the conservative-heavy bench.

In the Miranda decision, SCOTUS said that suspects who are not warned about their right to remain silent cannot sue a police officer for damages under federal civil rights law even if the evidence was ultimately used against them in their criminal trial. The high court’s ruling will cut back on an individual’s protections against self-incrimination by barring the potential to obtain damages. It also means that the failure to administer the warning will not expose a law enforcement officer to potential damages in a civil lawsuit. It will not impact, however, the exclusion of such evidence at a criminal trial. SCOTUS clarified that while the Miranda warning protects a constitutional right, the warning itself is not a right that would trigger the ability to bring a civil lawsuit.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 23: Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 23, 2021. Seated from left: Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left: Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

SCOTUS also struck down a New York State law requiring applicants for a license to carry a gun outside of their homes to have a “proper cause” to do so, saying the law “violated the Second Amendment.” The Supreme Court’s six conservative justices voted to invalidate the law, which has been in existence since 1911. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion in the case, known as New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen. Top Democrats condemned the decision and warned it will imperil public safety, starting with New York state’s Governor.

Twitter users angrily trended #ExpandTheCourt and #ExpandSCOTUS

 

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