The Legacy of Thurgood Marshall

Fifty Years After Thurgood Marshall’s Supreme Court Confirmation, Baltimore’s Great Dismantler of Jim Crow Remains a Colossus of US History: (“The closest Thurgood Marshall came to his own lynching was in Columbia, Tennessee, near the banks of the Duck River, a notorious repository of black bodies not far from the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan.”)

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Guilty of Contempt

Former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt (“Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s own words were the linchpin in the case against him, his quotes cited more than 20 times in a federal judge’s ruling that found him guilty of criminal contempt of court.”)

Can the President Pardon Himself?

president pardonCan Trump Pardon Himself? No President Ever Has, and Legal Opinions Are Mixed: (“It’s not rare for presidents to dole out pardons. They’ve pardoned friends and felons, political donors and even a former president.  But can a president pardon himself? Well, we’ve now reached that question, six months into President Trump’s administration.”)

Another Affirmation of Citizens’ Right to Record Police in Public

Federal Appeals Court: You Have a Constitutional Right to Film Police Officers in Public (“On Friday, a panel of judges for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects individuals’ right to film police officers performing their official duties.  The 3rd Circuit now joins the 1st, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Circuits in concluding that the Constitution guarantees a right to record.  No federal appeals court has yet concluded that the First Amendment does not safeguard the right to film law enforcement officers conducting police activity in public.”)

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Details Events Leading to Her Firing

Sally Yates gives detailed account of events that led to her firing (“The former Atlanta-based U.S. attorney described a chaotic four day period in which she and her top aides scrambled to understand a policy she was not given advanced notice of and her struggle to decide whether she should defend the action or just resign.  The Trump administration and several GOP senators previously suggested that partisanship motivated Yates’ decision not to enforce the ban.  Here’s Yates account of how she handed news of the travel ban:”)