Do litmus tests help explain a Supreme Court nominee’s judicial philosophy or do they offend the idea of an independent judiciary? As President Donald Trump prepares to speak to Congress tonight, that question casts a shadow over whatever he might say about his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
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With Republicans in Congress' efforts to quickly repeal the ACA stymied by a forceful public backlash and a lack of agreement on how to replace the law, attention has turned to the president's executive order: If Congress fails to repeal the law, could the executive order be used to dismantle it? Not without courting legal challenges, say Timothy Jost, JD, a professor emeritus at Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, and Simon Lazarus, JD, senior counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center in Washington, DC, in the editorial.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on FOX News' Happening Now with host Leland Vittert and guest Ilya Shapiro to discuss the forthcoming revision of President Trump's travel ban.
CAC Chief Counsel Brianne Gorod joined Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Greg Stohr to discuss the Supreme Court case Hernández v. Mesa, involving the fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, in which the Court recently heard oral arguments Tuesday morning.
The fundamental question in Hernández v. Mesa is whether Hernández’s family can seek redress for this tragic abuse of power. Under the Constitution’s text and history, the answer is yes. The role of the courts in our system of separation of powers is to check official abuse of power and maintain the rule of law. There is no “border shooting” exception to these foundational principles.
Doug Pennington, spokesman at the Constitutional Accountability Center in Washington, a progressive thinktank and advocacy group, said many Americans are showing renewed interest in the importance of the US constitution. “The more people understand the courts and feel their own power in advancing their rights [there], the better it is for American democracy. The third branch is the bulwark of liberty in this country,” he said.
At a time when the president flouts constitutional values, Congress shrinks from using its powers as a check and balance, and all three branches of government are dominated by one party, the independence of Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is essential.
CAC Senior Counsel Simon Lazarus appeared on the podcast Spaghetti on the Wall with host Benjamin Wittes to discuss the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss President Trump's Muslim travel ban in the wake of a recent ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals leaving in place a federal district court's decision temporarily blocking the ban.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on FOX News' The O'Reilly Factor to discuss the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to uphold a district court's decision blocking President Trump's travel ban.
In an article for the Huffington Post, Brianne Gorod, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, argued that Trump may be in violation of the clause because of the myriad tax breaks he's received on his various construction projects, as well as any tax breaks for his television show Celebrity Apprentice.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on The Agenda, a program on SiriusXM Progress, with host Michele Jawando and guest Caroline Fredrickson, President of ACS, to discuss the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.