On Bill Stuntz, the Supreme Court’s (Sort of) Unanimous Opinion In Bostock, and the Relationship To Black Lives Matter

6/16/20  //  Commentary

Following the Supreme Court's decision in Bostock, it's worth asking: Why has the law been so successful at improving the lives of gay people but much less successful at improving the lives of people of color?

Versus Trump: What Will Happen To Michael Flynn?

5/24/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss the extraordinary motion to dismiss Michael Flynn's criminal case. Does the DOJ's logic make sense? And what can Judge Sullivan do if he chooses not to dismiss the case? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Can The Presidential Election Be Cancelled?

5/11/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss the question of whether the upcoming election can be "cancelled" for political or pandemic reasons. They agree it'd be illegal...but does that mean it absolutely cannot happen? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

The Fight for Contraceptive Coverage Rages in the Time of COVID-19

5/6/20  //  Commentary

Even the Supreme Court has been required to take unprecedented steps by closing the building, postponing argument dates, and converting to telephonic hearings. Those impacts should be reflected in all aspects of the Court’s work, including the decisions it renders for the remainder of this term.

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Are There Five Textualists on the Supreme Court? If So, They’ll Rule for Transgender Workers.

5/6/20  //  Commentary

The Title VII cases before the Court present a fundamental question: are there really five textualists on the Court? We’ll find out soon.

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Sovereignty In A Public Health Crisis

5/4/20  //  Commentary

Don Herzog explains why sovereignty talk is useless to resolving public health issues -- and basically everything else too.

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Versus Trump: Are Churches Being Discriminated Against?

4/28/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss claims by churches that stay-at-home orders violate their religious freedom. Turns out it can be a tough issue! Listen now.

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Executive Branch Inconsistency on Congressional Standing

4/27/20  //  Commentary

By Ashwin Phatak: Although DOJ has recently taken the position in litigation that the House of Representatives lacks standing to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena against an Executive Branch official, that position conflicts with prior DOJ precedents

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The Unconstitutionality of Government Propaganda

4/27/20  //  Commentary

Certain kinds of government propaganda violate the Free Speech Clause. President Trump has crossed that line.

No, Mike Pompeo, America Was Not Founded As A Christian Nation

4/17/20  //  Commentary

By embracing Christian nationalist rhetoric, Secretary of State Pompeo ignores America’s secular constitutional tradition—and undermines the United States’ ability and credibility to promote human rights, pluralism, and the rule of law around the globe.

How the Trump Administration is Evading Senate Advice and Consent

4/10/20  //  Commentary

It's been one year since DHS had a director confirmed by the Senate. In the meantime, Trump has continued to avoid the constitutional requirement of advice and consent—and violated federal law about using acting directors.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

With Passage of COVID-19 Relief Package, Vigorous Congressional Oversight Will Be Key

4/7/20  //  Commentary

By Brianne Gorod and Becca Damante: Congress’s $2 trillion relief legislation is the largest aid package in modern American history. That’s a lot of discretion to give to an Administration in which self-dealing and corruption are disturbingly common. There is thus an urgent need for vigorous congressional oversight.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

The Truman Committee and the Importance of Emergency Oversight

4/6/20  //  Commentary

By Charlie Miller & Brianne Gorod: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced a Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The Truman Commission offers a model for oversight of the COVID-19 response.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

Versus Trump: Trump vs. The Mainstream Media

4/2/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss cases by the Trump campaign against the New York Times, CNN, and the Washington Post accusing each of these media organizations with defamation (sometimes also called libel). They have a bit of a laugh in explaining why the suits are frivolous, discuss whether the complaints are sanctionable, and debate whether the cases will have a major intimidating effect. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Should Vulnerable Detainees Be Released?

3/27/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss a lawsuit in Seattle, Dawson v. Asher, requesting that several vulnerable people in immigration detention be released. They discuss the legal standard for detention, why detention centers are particularly dangerous places, and what courts will be balancing when they consider these requests for release. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps