Judicial issues

What lobbyists do

The stereotypes Everyone thinks they know what a lobbyist is. It is perhaps the most stereotyped profession in the world: How voters see lobbyists           How legislators see lobbyists               How lobbyists see themselves             The reality First, a definition: Lobbying is the act of attempting...

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Tinkering with the Constitution: My Thoughts

Part 3 of 3 Part 1: Mark Levin, The Liberty Amendments Part 2: John Paul Stevens, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution   I just presented two recent books by individuals representing strong conservative and liberal leanings. Both men have outstanding legal minds. Both have devoted much of their careers to the study of the United States Constitution. While I, too,...

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Tinkering with the Constitution: Six Amendments

Part 2 of 3   Part 1: Mark Levin, The Liberty Amendments     In March, “retired” Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens published a list of proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution in his book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. I have not read this book either — even though reviewer Josh Blackman assures us that it is a “breezy” 133 pages —...

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Tinkering with the Constitution: The Liberty Amendments

Part 1 of 3   Two well-known students of the U. S. Constitution – from opposite sides of the political spectrum — recently published books suggesting how the it should be amended. I am presenting their views and my own in a three-part series:   Today: Mark Levin, The Liberty Amendments May 26: John Paul Stevens, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution June 2:...

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Is there a better way to elect judges?

Scott Elliot Smith, an attorney in Columbus, Ohio, thinks there is a better way to elect judges. Where judges are elected, they may be by direct election or by merit selection (where at the end of a judge’s term, the voter votes “yes” or “no” to continuing that judge in office). Quite often, the conflict between ethical standards for judges and the necessity to...

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