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.
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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 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.