CAC's President Doug Kendall appeared on Fox News’ Special Report to discuss Republicans’ unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s judicial nominees and the impact such obstruction is having on our justice system:
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In an interview with the American Constitution Society, CAC's chief counsel Elizabeth Wydra honored Constitution Day by explaining why the tea party is wrong about what the Constitution really means.
Constitutional Accountability Center today filed a “friend of the court” brief in the momentous Arizona immigration law case, United States v. Arizona. In it, CAC attorneys explain how Arizona’s new immigration law is in direct conflict with the text of the U.S.
While the Supreme Court is fully-staffed, the same can hardly be said of our country’s lower federal courts – the trial courts (known as District Courts), and the courts of appeals (the Circuit Courts) – where more than 100 judicial seats -- nearly one in eight -- are now vacant. It is the judges on these courts who bear the greatest burden when it comes to dispensing justice to the American people.
As has been well-documented (see, e.g., here, here, and here), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has led an unprecedented effort to obstruct President Obama’s judicial nominees, with the result being that more than 100 vacancies have piled up on the federal bench, greatly impairing our Nation’s system of justice.
Serious questions about the racial discrimination in our criminal justice system, laws that deny the vote to those who have been convicted in this system, and the reach of the Constitution’s guarantee of the right to vote free from racial discrimination may soon be heading for the Supreme Court.
by David H. Gans, Director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights & Citizenship Program, Constitutional Accountability Center
In President Obama’s proclamation declaring today Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, he justly observed that our “founding document reflects our core values and enshrines the truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence, that we are each endowed with certain unalienable rights…. These principles serve as a beacon of hope for Americans and those who seek new lives in the United States.”
The Tea Party, time and again, claims that it wants to restore our Founders’ Constitution by repealing the many Amendments that “We the People” have added to the Constitution over the last two centuries. The latest example comes from Florida, where Steve Southerland, a Tea Party candidate running for Congress, has been calling for repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment. Rather than argue that the Seventeenth Amendment was unwise – a hard claim to justify, given that when the Amendment shifted the selection of U.S. senators from state legislatures directly to the people, it enhanced democracy and provided a more direct link between citizens and their representatives – Southerland simply denounces the fact of the change.
In a recent, important speech before the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy decried the growing crisis in our nation’s federal courts caused by an increasingly insufficient number of judges available to dispense justice to the American people.