Can the President Pardon Himself?

Can 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:”)

US Supreme Court to Consider Travel Ban

Supreme Court Takes Up Travel Ban Case, and Allows Parts to Go Ahead (“The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for President Trump to prohibit the entry of some people into the United States from countries he deems dangerous, but the justices imposed strict limits on Mr. Trump’s travel ban while they examine the scope of presidential power over the border.”)

US Supreme Court Strikes Sex Offender Social Media Ban

US Supreme Court Strikes Down North Carolina Sex Offender Social Media Ban (“The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from using Facebook or other social networking sites that minors can join.”)