Our amended Constitution made this possible. Everyday Americans had the power to triumph last Tuesday because our Constitution is stronger than Roy Moore. It’s even stronger than the Supreme Court. But it isn’t certain to remain so. Only with the sustained, active commitment to the future of our country that we saw from the majority of voters in Alabama can We the People keep it that way.
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"The technology changes, but the principles don't." Then-Judge Gorsuch indeed spoke eloquently about how to apply the Fourth Amendment's 226-year-old text to today's challenges. Now Justice Gorsuch and his fellow conservatives face a test - the critical challenge of putting those words into action.
There are still about 40 open U.S. Attorney positions across the country, and nearly 140 Article III judicial vacancies. Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s mission still includes the commitment “to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.” Will Sessions take the opportunity to break from his ugly past, stake out independence from President Trump’s moral equivalency on racism post-Charlottesville, and live up to his Department’s mission by making our justice system look more like America?
As President Trump travels through Asia this week, the American people should ask themselves: Will the president be acting only on behalf of us and our nation’s best interests? Or will he be on the lookout for ways to line his own pockets?
The Harris County bail system denied ODonnell “equal protection of the laws” by demanding a sum of money she did not have to secure the same freedom that others with more money could buy. Disparity in treatment based on wealth turns a constitutional right into a privilege only for those who can afford it. The 5th Circuit should strike down this arbitrary imposition of bail and rule in ODonnell’s favor.
Neil Gorsuch—the newest member of the court—could benefit from watching and emulating his mentor and former boss.
The High Court’s docket in the new term is brimming with cases of national interest and importance, the resolution of which will have far-reaching effects for all Americans. For anyone who ever ignored the importance of the courts in our everyday lives — from the workplace to the polling place — the justices are poised to grab our nation’s attention with a thunderclap.
The lesson we must take from this history is that the Constitution must be renewed with each successive generation of Americans. It is now our turn. Let us use this Constitution Week to rededicate ourselves to what President Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature," to the principles that make our nation's founding charter the envy of the world, and to the hard work of defending it.
For one who promised to “take seriously . . . the appearance of impartiality,” it is time for Gorsuch to return to those words. Speaking at the Trump International Hotel does not foster the appearance of impartiality. It does the opposite. Gorsuch should reflect soberly on his decision to speak at his patron’s property, which lies at the center of not one but three cases that could come before him in the months ahead. Upon such reflection, Gorsuch should withdraw from speaking at any of Trump’s properties and thereby begin to match the volume of his actions as the court’s newest justice with those of his words as Trump’s nominee.
If Trump or his team are found likely to have committed a crime or crimes, or other bad acts, then the grand jury will issue one or more indictments or a critical report. In that case, the American people will have the Founding Fathers to thank for vesting regular, ordinary citizens in our system of government with a strong and resilient mechanism to hold even the most powerful person in our country to account to our laws and the Constitution.