by Doug Kendall, President, and Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
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The ever-escalating war over executive and judicial branch confirmations is often associated with big-picture ideological battles over the meaning of our Constitution and the direction of the nation’s highly influential appeals courts. Rarely do we consider how such fights -- often waged using procedural tricks like holds and filibusters -- directly affect Americans seeking justice in courts around the country. Yet a clear illustration of the negative impacts of obstructionism over nominees has emerged in our own backyard at the D.C.
Early last year, we wrote about a case out of Louisiana in which a federal district court judge held that the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution (Art.
by Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
This week, the New York Times featured the story of Quig Hong Wu, a young man who, at the age of 5, legally immigrated to the U.S. with his family from China – and is now facing deportation. Wu’s case illustrates the importance of an upcoming Supreme Court ruling concerning the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel.
SCOTUSBlog reports this morning that the Washington state Supreme Court has issued a ruling incorporating the Second Amendment against the states via the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The Washington Post reports this morning that, in a recent survey conducted jointly by the Post and ABC News, a “large majority” – 65% of Americans – “strongly” oppose the Supreme Court’s ruling last month in Citizens United v.