Affirmative Action. Legal news and articles for April 27 - 30, 2017

Priebus: Trump Considering Amending or Abolishing 1st AmendmentRamaphosa urged to take action over state capture inquiryNot Covered Under the First Amendment: The ACLU Is Wrong About Trump and Incitement to ViolencePolitiFact: Yep, Legislature can make its own rulesPraying Trump will 'drain the swamp'Engines of Liberty offers strategies for this hourTexas looks to nullify federal laws - KVIATrump Can't Withhold Funds From Sanctuary CitiesBeijing needs mechanism for interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, mainland legal expert saysTexas proposal looks to nullify federal law in between state linesTo convene or not?Judge's action will aid alien criminalsJeff Sessions crossed the line when he bashed a federal judgeIs There a Prosecutor in the House?VERIFY: Is Twitter account posting every Trump donor's name?

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A Quick Explainer: What's the Rift Between Florida Sheriffs and Homeland Security?
WMFEApril 5, 2017

Otherwise it's a violation of constitutional law and the individual's civil rights. “We're being asked to do something by the federal government that at least nine—nine—federal courts across this country have said we can't do,” Pinellas County ...more »

Trump's Syria airstrikes: constitutional or not?
PolitiFactApril 7, 2017

Although this remains the most common view among academics, actual practice has diverged significantly, said Andrew Kent, a law professor at Fordham University and an expert in the Constitution and national security. "Hence, there is a kind of ...more »

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Priebus: Trump Considering Amending or Abolishing 1st Amendment
TPM (blog)April 30, 2017

Change the libel laws?” That would require, as I understand it, a constitutional amendment. Is he really going to pursue that? Is that something he wants to pursue? PRIEBUS: I think it's something that we've looked at. How that gets executed or whether ...more »

Ramaphosa urged to take action over state capture inquiry
Eyewitness NewsApril 30, 2017

Constitutional law expert Paul Hoffman says in circumstances where the president fails to fulfil his duties, section 90 of the Constitution allows the deputy president to step in. Ramaphosa and South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary ...more »

Not Covered Under the First Amendment: The ACLU Is Wrong About Trump and Incitement to Violence
AlterNetApril 29, 2017

But the real shocker is that last week, the ACLU publicly defended Trump. The ACLU has defended Trump. The ACLU. Donald Trump. Defended. I am a professor of law at the University of Louisville. I studied constitutional law with Erwin Chemerinsky at the ...more »

PolitiFact: Yep, Legislature can make its own rules
MyStatesman.comApril 29, 2017

Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, that essentially said House rules in keeping with a state constitutional provision let members rule their proceedings regardless of conflicting laws. Article III, Section 11 of the Texas Constitution, says: “Each House may ...more »

Praying Trump will 'drain the swamp'
The Herald JournalApril 29, 2017

We've allowed governments to make arrests and prosecute criminals, but we the people reserved the rights to arrest or prosecute when governments dishonor and infringe constitutional laws. Contracts, under color of law, alter us into artificial ...more »

Engines of Liberty offers strategies for this hour
Berkeley Daily PlanetApril 28, 2017

In this time of heightened political awareness, David Cole's Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law offers us maps for our way forward. Cole, professor of law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center ...more »

Texas looks to nullify federal laws - KVIA
KVIA El PasoApril 28, 2017

A proposal in the GOP-led Legislature would allow Texas to ignore federal law and court rulings and forgo enforcing national regulations, despite the ...more »

Trump Can't Withhold Funds From Sanctuary Cities
New York TimesApril 28, 2017

While the United States Department of Justice, in the waning days of the Obama administration, notified recipients of two federal law enforcement grants that the grants were conditioned on compliance with Section 1373, this notification was not imposed ...more »

Beijing needs mechanism for interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, mainland legal expert says
South China Morning PostApril 28, 2017

Rao Geping, a Peking University constitutional law scholar and member of the Basic Law Committee under the National People's Congress Standing Committee, spoke during a legal seminar on Friday of the need to “standardise” the power of interpretation of ...more »

Texas proposal looks to nullify federal law in between state lines
Fox NewsApril 28, 2017

Sandy Levinson, a University of Texas professor specializing in constitutional law, said that while states have the right to refuse to cooperate with the federal government by reserving resources, the only way they can contest the constitutionality of ...more »

To convene or not?
Evening ObserverApril 28, 2017

Chausovsky, who teaches courses on Constitutional law, framed his argument from a Jeffersonian perspective, that it is the right and obligation of a democratic society to periodically revise its constitutions, both at the state and national levels ...more »

Judge's action will aid alien criminals
The Herald JournalApril 28, 2017

Federal Judge William Orrick's suit will ultimately aid and abet alien criminals who from the beginning demonstrate an unwillingness to abide by the law. It's peculiar that he offers constitutional rights to aliens who, upon illegal entry, break ...more »

Jeff Sessions crossed the line when he bashed a federal judge
The San Diego Union-TribuneApril 28, 2017

The bottom line: Although I would be the last person to assert that federal judging is always antiseptically apolitical, life-tenured federal judges often live up to our constitutional democracy's core aspiration of “Equal Justice under Law.” In any ...more »

Is There a Prosecutor in the House?
New Jersey Law JournalApril 27, 2017

Did he fail constitutional law? Would knowing who were his campaign contributors offer insight? That question brings us to our home state of New Jersey where, presumably, our system of appointing prosecutors (to a fixed five-year term that exceeds that ...more »

VERIFY: Is Twitter account posting every Trump donor's name?
WTSP 10 NewsApril 27, 2017

I can verify -- YES -- it is legal to post who donates to presidential campaigns. The Federal Election Commission requires that info to be public, and constitutional law expert Louis Virelli confirmed what you probably already knew: reposting public ...more »

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