Public figures like Hillary Clinton should use the 150th anniversary of this Second Founding to draw attention to the constitutional achievements of Stevens, Bingham, and their generation. While Reconstruction fell short of its full promise, its leaders deserve to be remembered alongside America’s long line of visionary reformers—from James Madison and Alexander Hamilton to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon Baines Johnson. And the period itself, though turbulent and violent, should be remembered for what it was—a Second Founding for our nation.
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Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra said Monday that "the Court followed the Constitution's text and history today and ruled for mercy and justice. As the Court reaffirmed today, juveniles are categorically different than adults, and 'children who commit even heinous crimes are capable of change,'" Wydra said. "This matters when it comes to sentencing, and the Court was right to recognize that."
"You have to read the entire document and not just the clauses and provisions that you think support your case," said Elizabeth Wydra, [President] of the nonprofit Constitutional Accountability Center, which monitors legal application of the Constitution. The provision cited by Bundy and others is "mostly about the District of Columbia and the idea that there would be the neutral place for the government to be located instead of in an area belonging to a particular state. It's really hard for me to see how that relates to their claims."
Today marks the 201st birthday of John Bingham. Although forgotten by most Americans, Bingham is one of the most important figures in American constitutional history. Indeed, Justice Hugo Black called him the “Madison . . . of the Fourteenth Amendment.” And so he was.
As Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center put it, “If the Court didn’t add the question and simply reversed the Fifth Circuit on the APA issue, the district court judge could have then enjoined it again on constitutional grounds, and the Supreme Court would have needed to weigh in yet again.”
Wydra said she is humbled to be offered the new position at the beginning of a presidential campaign. Though the nonprofit center cannot endorse candidates, Wydra said the organization will speak out on “how central the court is to the election” because of the possibility of numerous vacancies in the next four years. In addition, she said, “election years prompt constitutional conversations,” and the center will participate. “I could never expect to fill Doug’s shoes,” Wydra said of Kendall, who died of colon cancer. “But I hope to do him proud.”
Constitutional Accountability Center Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra noted in a press release, “It is hardly surprising that the Court has refused to hear this case…[T]he ultimate outcome of challenges like this one aren’t in doubt. They are simply meritless. The Court upheld the ACA for the second time just last June, with Chief Justice Roberts picking up a sixth vote to send a clear signal that he’s had enough of what has become a blatant ideological crusade. One questions whether anti-Obamacare legal activists have gotten the message.”
“This case is, at bottom, a political dispute,” Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center, added during the call. Conservatives are trying to achieve through the courts what they couldn't through the political process, she said.
"I think it's great news the court decided to take this up," says Brianne J. Gorod, appellate counsel at the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center. While critics say Obama exceeded his executive authority by moving to allow certain immigrants without the proper documentation to live and work here without fear of immediate deportation, Gorod says the actions are "entirely lawful."
“We applaud the Supreme Court for appropriately reserving time on its docket to decide this critical case before the current term ends in June,” Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel with the Constitutional Accountability Center, said in a statement. “The president’s program has been delayed for far too long by this political lawsuit and the clearly erroneous decisions of the lower courts,” Ms. Wydra said. “The lives of millions of children and families in America have been disrupted and held in limbo – a situation the president’s action was designed to alleviate – and they deserve the court’s careful and prompt attention.”
As Constitutional Accountability Center Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra noted in a press release Tuesday, “It is hardly surprising that the Court has refused to hear this case... [T]he ultimate outcome of challenges like this one aren’t in doubt. They are simply meritless. The Court upheld the ACA for the second time just last June, with Chief Justice Roberts picking up a sixth vote to send a clear signal that he’s had enough of what has become a blatant ideological crusade. One questions whether anti-Obamacare legal activists have gotten the message."
But Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, called the court's decision “hardly surprising,” saying the case was “meritless,” in a statement.