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2016-01

January 25, 2016

CAC Appellate Counsel Brianne Gorod said, “The Court should be applauded for recognizing today that no juvenile should be sentenced to mandatory life without parole and respecting the Eighth Amendment protection against disproportionate sentences. Indeed, the Court recognized what our brief on behalf of former juvenile court judges made clear, applying Miller retroactively will not ‘impose an onerous burden on the States.’”

January 20, 2016

“I am deeply humbled by and grateful for the trust that CAC’s Board has placed in me,” Wydra said. “As we begin one of the most consequential election years in recent memory, the work we do at CAC – reminding Americans of the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history, helping ensure that brilliant legal minds staff the federal bench – is more essential than ever. I look forward to the many opportunities and challenges that lay ahead, and I am inspired by the phenomenal team that I have the privilege to lead into the momentous years to come.”

January 20, 2016

CAC Civil Rights Director David Gans said, “The Constitution’s guarantee of access to courts allows individuals to sue to vindicate their federal rights. It does not, as Justice Ginsburg’s opinion explained, ‘place the defendant in the driver’s seat.’ She also showed her colleagues that when courts look at common law history, it supports access to courts.”

January 19, 2016

“We applaud the Supreme Court for appropriately reserving time on its docket to decide this critical case before the current Term ends in June,” said CAC Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra. “The President's program has been delayed for far too long by this political lawsuit and the clearly erroneous decisions of the lower courts. The lives of millions of children and families in America have been disrupted and held in limbo – a situation the President’s action was designed to alleviate – and they deserve the Court’s careful and prompt attention.”

January 19, 2016

CAC Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra said, “It is hardly surprising that the Court has refused to hear this case. As I testified before a Committee of the House of Representatives last week, the ultimate outcome of challenges like this one aren’t in doubt. They are simply meritless. The Court upheld the ACA for the second time just last June, with Chief Justice Roberts picking up a sixth vote to send a clear signal that he’s had enough of what has become a blatant ideological crusade. One questions whether anti-Obamacare legal activists have gotten the message.”

January 15, 2016

CAC Acting President Judith E. Schaeffer added, “The Supreme Court is perhaps the issue most critical to the Nation’s future that the American people have never heard of. With the Court about to have four Justices in their 80s, it is unthinkable that voters could endure the nearly endless presidential primary process without a serious discussion of the third branch of our government. The next president could have enormous influence on the Court not only over the next four, but the next forty, years. Those who seek our Nation’s highest office should have to let the American people know how, specifically, they intend to shape the Court.”

January 12, 2016
 
CAC Appellate Counsel Brianne Gorod said, “The Court affirmed in unequivocal terms the importance of the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury, with only Justice Alito in dissent. The Court made clear that a state cannot impose a death sentence without a jury making the factual findings required by law.”
January 5, 2016

CAC Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra said, “Our brief pulls together key arguments from the Court’s leading thinkers on issues of access to abortion services – Justices Kennedy and Ginsburg – and shows how their approach to questions of individual liberty and equality count decisively against laws like the ones passed in Texas.”

January 4, 2016

Tracking our “friend of the court” brief in the case, the court recognized that advisory ballot measures (like Proposition 49) are consistent with the U.S. Constitution’s text and history, the principle of popular sovereignty at the Constitution’s core, and the use of similar measures as part of other constitutional reform movements throughout American history.