• Constitutional experts testify at judiciary impeachment hearing at U.S. Congress
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    Constitutional experts testify at judiciary impeachment hearing at U.S. Congress

    At U.S. Capitol Hill,… an impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump is underway at the House Judiciary Committee,… to see whether Trump abused his power on Ukraine for political purposes. At Wednesday’s hearing, four experts, three picked by Democrats and one by the Republicans, have been testifying in Congress to see if such allegations rise to the level of being impeachable. One of the panel,… Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard University, who was picked by the Democrats, argued the attempts by President Trump to use a foreign power for his own political interest constituted impeachable conduct. Democrats are pushing to hold a vote on impeachment in the House before…

  • Samvidhaan – Episode 9/10
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    Samvidhaan – Episode 9/10

    Our Constituent Assembly met in the Central Hall of this grand structure with its colonnade of 144 pillars. But do you know the number of pillars that support our Constitution? It is said that the Constitution of India stands on three pillars – the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive. Although, of late, a fourth pillar is also recognized – the Media. In 1942, socialist-economist and Gujarati playwright Prof K T Shah in a note, talked of the trinity of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. Dear Dr Rajendra Prasadji, as promised, I am enclosing a note on ‘general directives’ which I prepared last June at the behest of Pandit Nehru.…

  • Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution
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    Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution

    Precedent does not trump the constitution, even when the court says it does. Stare decisis is Latin for “to stand by things decided.” In short, it is the doctrine of precedent. According to the Supreme Court, stare decisis “promotes the evenhanded, predictable, and consistent development of legal principles, fosters reliance on judicial decisions, and contributes to the actual and perceived integrity of the judicial process.” In practice, it is the judicial policy of sometimes adhering to a prior decision even when it was wrong. As the majority put it in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood vs Casey, it is the practice of adhering to a prior decision “whether or…

  • Bill of Rights Day
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    Bill of Rights Day

    I would say what the Bill of Rights means to me is that it’s a check on the government’s ability to exercise power over its own citizens and that has actually made us a very successful government for 200 years in terms of specific things and what means the most to me I think probably it’s the fact that this freedom of the press in this country because what that means is that there’s no state newspaper telling me what I ought to think I’m able to read make my own opinions about things and know about what’s happening from all the different perspectives because almost every newspaper has a…

  • Supreme Court Stories: Marbury v. Madison
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    Supreme Court Stories: Marbury v. Madison

    It goes back to the election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson and the Democrat-Republicans beat the Federalists of John Adams. And it’s full of politics because Adams, the last time he was in office, appointed these judges. And when Jefferson came in, he decided he didn’t want those judges. Back then, the inauguration, the change of administration… it didn’t really happen until March, so you had this period where Congress was in session, but the president really hadn’t changed. In that two or three months, the Federalists and President Adams, who had just lost, they realized they’re about to become the minority party for the first time ever. And both…

  • Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
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    Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

    [Judge Barbara Crabb]: Well, this, this is quite a turnout. We’re very pleased to be here. I’d like to start by ceding the chair, the seat, to Justice Abrahamson, who has a few remarks she’d like to make about Congressman Kastenmeier. [Justice Shirley Abrahamson]: Thanks, Barbara. Barbara and I first met at this law school. She was a senior, graduating, and I was sort of hanging around. [Laughter] And so we met and became friends then, and have continued our friendship through practice of law in Madison. She practiced in the, I think it was the tenth floor of the Tenney Building, and I was on the fifth floor. So…

  • Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary
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    Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary

    JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As we continue our coverage of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, we are joined by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lipton of The New York Times. He recently co-wrote a piece headlined “In Gorsuch, Conservative Activist Sees Test Case for Reshaping the Judiciary.” The piece looks at how a top official at the Federalist Society, named Leonard Leo, is playing a key role in helping Trump behind the scenes. AMY GOODMAN: Leonard Leo is currently on leave from the Federalist Society to help shepherd Gorsuch’s nomination. In addition to nominating Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, President Trump has 123 other federal judgeships to fill, because Senate Republicans blocked…

  • The Constitution Of The United States (Article 1)
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    The Constitution Of The United States (Article 1)

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Article. I. – The Legislative Branch Section 1 – The Legislature All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Section 2 – The House The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of…