Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

Mark Joseph Stern


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Past articles by Mark:

A Trump Judge’s Tantrum at Stanford Law Was Part of a Bigger Plan

In past opinions and public appearances, Duncan has not exhibited these qualities. → Read More

Tucker Carlson Lost. The Jan. 6 Committee Won.

The Jan. 6 committee did what all good prosecutors do. → Read More

Why the Victims of Texas’ Most Lethal Abortion Bans Are Finally Going to Court

Doctors and patients desperately need help navigating Texas’ new abortion regime. → Read More

Why Biden Stabbed D.C. in the Back

D.C.’s 700,000 residents have no senator to lobby against the bill. We can only plead, like subjects of a colony. → Read More

Why Ketanji Brown Jackson Split With the Court’s Liberals in a 5–4 Decision

The unusual decision united Neil Gorsuch and Ketanji Brown Jackson. → Read More

The Supreme Court’s Conservatives Tried Very Hard Today to Find a Good Reason to Screw Biden

But they couldn’t find any good reason. → Read More

One of the Trumpiest Judges in America Thinks Far-Right Texas Officials Are Going Too Far

Trump Judge James Ho fights lonely battle against censorship in Texas. → Read More

The Right-Wing Assault on the Internet Fizzled Completely at the Supreme Court

Gonzalez will not be the case to challenge the consensus understanding of Section 230. → Read More

Republican Leaders Might Not Be Trying to Kill Social Security and Medicare. But Their Judges Are.

Far-right judges are crafting a theory that would empower courts to strike down trillions of dollars in federal spending. → Read More

Why a Federal Judge Is Asking if Abortion Is Still Maybe Constitutional

Was this an audacious judicial request? Maybe. → Read More

The Worst Judge in America Could Outlaw the Abortion Pill Nationwide. It Gets Worse.

Dobbs was only the beginning. → Read More

Brett Kavanaugh May Have Quietly Sabotaged Clarence Thomas’ Extreme Gun Ruling

Don’t assume the Supreme Court will uphold recent decisions vastly expanding the Second Amendment. → Read More

Biden’s Justice Department Finally Stands Up to Out-of-Control Texas Judges

Trump appointees keep playing along with Texas’ brazen judge-shopping. The Biden administration finally said: enough. → Read More

SCOTUS’s First Decision of the Term Is a Unanimous Blow to Disabled Veterans

Why did the liberals co-sign Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s harsh opinion? → Read More

The Pundits Are Wrong About D.C.’s Crime Bill

A cynical freakout stretching from Fox News to the Washington Post is utterly bogus. → Read More

The Justices Don’t Want to Know Who Leaked Dobbs

Unpacking what was revealed—and the big thing that wasn’t—in the Supreme Court’s new report on the leak. → Read More

The Criminal Code Still Puts a Bull’s-Eye on Medication Abortion–Seekers’ Backs

A look at the state of abortion access more than six months after the Supreme Court did away with the right to abortion. → Read More

SCOTUS Unanimously Sides With Death Row Inmate Over an Extreme Texas Court

Even this conservative supermajority understood that a forensic lab’s egregious misconduct demands a new trial. → Read More

South Carolina’s Supreme Court Becomes the First to Establish a Right to Abortion Post-Roe

It won’t be the last. → Read More

The Supreme Court May Kick Off 2023 With a Huge Gun Rights Ruling

Without oral argument, the case could take a hatchet to New York's new concealed carry law—and countless others. → Read More