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2017-06

June 27, 2017

The decisions amounted to a small but significant trend, said Elizabeth Wydra, the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a liberal group. “Just as we have recently seen Justice Kennedy more willing to acknowledge systemic racism in his recent affirmative action and fair housing opinions,” she said, “this term saw Chief Justice Roberts vote in a rather surprising — but welcome — way to acknowledge racial bias in the criminal justice system and make it easier for cities to sue over discriminatory mortgage lending practices.”

June 27, 2017

"As the court's most important Justice—at the center of the institution's ideological balance—Justice Kennedy's ability to bridge the divide between left and right on critical issues such as the right to access abortion cannot be overstated," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, according to Newsweek.

June 27, 2017

This moment in our history is perilous for the continued recognition of rights that too many people born after Roe take for granted. So much has changed since the Court reaffirmed the right to access abortion one year ago that now, more than ever, progressives must understand the tremendous power that America’s courts have to shape our daily lives. In the era of Trump, that power can do incalculable damage if we do not focus our activism and our votes as if our rights depended on it. Because they do.

June 26, 2017

"As the court's most important Justice—at the center of the institution's ideological balance—Justice Kennedy's ability to bridge the divide between left and right on critical issues such as the right to access abortion cannot be overstated," Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, told CNN.

June 26, 2017

As such, Constitutional Accountability Center president Elizabeth Wydra told CNN that the possibility of Kennedy's potential retirement and ensuing replacement at Trump's hands would mean the end of abortion rights.

June 26, 2017

CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on MSNBC with Hallie Jackson to discuss Supreme Court action on President Trump's Muslim travel ban.

June 26, 2017

"As the court's most important Justice -- at the center of the institution's ideological balance -- Justice Kennedy's ability to bridge the divide between left and right on critical issues such as the right to access abortion cannot be overstated," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. "Replacing Justice Kennedy with a Trump nominee would almost certainly sound the death knell for Roe, just as candidate Trump promised during the 2016 campaign."

June 23, 2017

The Constitutional Accountability Center in Washington, which filed a friend of the court brief on Lee’s behalf, praised the ruling as not only a victory for Lee, but also for one of the Constitution’s most basic safeguards: the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel.

June 22, 2017

Ziglar offers a thin, unconvincing view of separation of powers that never takes seriously that the judiciary has an affirmative role to play in the Constitution’s system of separation of powers. It closes the courthouse doors on victims of unconstitutional misconduct, discounting the judicial check our Constitution’s Framers insisted. It turns its back on the rule of law, the building block of our most precious constitutional guarantees.

June 21, 2017

The Supreme Court ruled against Goldwater, but it didn't deny his ability to bring a lawsuit, said Brian Frazelle, appellate counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, which is working on the congressional lawsuit. Frazelle said a lower court granted standing to Goldwater and the other senators based on their claim that Carter had deprived them of a vote to stop the treaty from ending.

June 20, 2017

Blumenthal joined forces with the Constitutional Accountability Center and became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the President, last week, for violating the emoluments clause. Thirty other Senators and more than a hundred members of the House of Representatives, all Democrats, have joined as co-plaintiffs.

June 20, 2017

Nexstar's Washington correspondent Brie Jackson spoke with CAC's David Gans about the Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in Gill v. Whitford, a partisan gerrymandering case out of Wisconsin.

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