Jack Smith and Trump’s Bid for Delay
Plus: The Ten Best Films of 2023
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DENNIS AFTERGUT: Jack Smith’s Gut-Punch to Trump’s Bid for Delay
[Editor’s note: Within hours of the publication of this article on December 22, 2023, the Supreme Court denied certiorari—rejecting the special counsel’s request for expedited review of Trump’s immunity claims.]
IN A U.S. SUPREME COURT FILING YESTERDAY, Special Counsel Jack Smith delivered a body blow to Donald Trump’s prospects for delaying his federal prosecution charging a criminal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.
Smith’s haymaker came by way of a masterful ten-page brief replying to Trump’s own response to Smith’s petition for an expedited Supreme Court review of a question of national magnitude: Whether Trump is immune from prosecution as a former president for crimes committed while in office.
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SONNY BUNCH: The Ten Best Films of 2023
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR. For the first time in a very long time—2001, to be exact—three non-sequels sit atop the box office charts. Sure, one of those movies was based on a beloved video game character and one of those movies was based on a beloved toy. (Neither of these movies will be mentioned again in this-here roundup, pardner.) But the third was a three-hour, R-rated historical drama filmed half in black and white with a nine-figure budget and featuring scene after scene after scene of dudes chattin’ with each other. Chattin’ in classrooms, chattin’ in laboratories, chattin’ in Senate hearing rooms. That Oppenheimer exists at all is a minor miracle. That it was a huge hit is a major miracle.
That it’s the best film of the year, and by a fairly wide margin? Well.
That’s just Christopher Nolan for you.
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