Posts January 10, 2018
These are the posts that are accumulated in our weekly newsletter which goes out throughout the school year. The posts are organized by the major units in our Constitutional Law (5th ed.) student textbook
I. Introduction to Law, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court [See TOPICS 1-10 in the 5th edition of Constitutional Law] Some recent articles that are relevant to this unit
II. Defining the Political System: Federalism and Checks and Balances [See TOPICS 11-15 in the 5th edition of Constitutional Law] Some recent articles that are relevant to this unit:
Supreme Court asked to recognize a Second Amendment right to sell guns [Washington Times, 1/9/18]: A man who was blocked from opening a gun store in California asked the Supreme Court this week to review his case, saying Alameda County’s prohibition violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Two (But Only Two) Jeers for Enforcing the Federal Marijuana Law in Legalized States [Justia, 1/10/18]: Professor Dorf comments on the recent announcement by Attorney General Sessions that the Trump Department of Justice was rescinding an Obama administration policy toward state-legal marijuana. Dorf argues that the policy shift breaks promises by then-candidate Trump and then-Senator Sessions, but that objections to the new policy on federalism grounds are largely misguided.
The American Presidency [TOPIC 15_]
Judge Orders Trump to Restore DACA [CNS, 1/10/18]: By NICHOLAS IOVINO A federal judge Tuesday restored a program that shields more than 700,000 young immigrants from deportation, finding the Trump administration relied on a “flawed legal premise” to rescind the program last year.
Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program [AP, 1/10/18]: Is Trump mentally fit? Don't count on his physical to tell you [POoliticoA federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court
Former Vice President Biden looks back on life, career; mum on 2020 presidential bid [SF Chron, 1918\: Former Vice President Joe Biden largely avoided mention of today’s political fray during the latest stop on his book tour Tuesday in San Francisco. But the 75-year-old Democratic statesman, while leaving open the question of whether he was just another retired politician with a memoir to sell or a 2020 contender for president, made clear he was still in the game.
Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina redistricting plan [Jurist, 1/10/18]: A three-judge panel of federal jusges struck down North Carolina's 2016 congressional redistricting plan Tuesday.
IV. Cminal Law and Procedure (4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments) [See TOPICS 21-28 in the 5th edition of Constitutional Law] Some recent articles that are relevant to this unit:
Justices Seem Ready to Back Driver of Rental Car in Privacy Case [Reuters
/ SCOTUS blog, 1/9/1U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday
wrestled with the scope of police
authority to search vehicles without warrants, with Chief Justice John Roberts
referencing the shiny red convertible taken for a joyride in the 1986 comedy
film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to make a serious legal point.8:
School integration case opens with Supreme Court justices grilling lawyers; State Supreme Court decision may define what constitutes an adequate education ]Minneapolis Times-Star, 1/9/18]: State Supreme Court decision may define what constitutes an adequate education.
V. 1st Amendment (Speech, Religion, Press and Assembly) [See TOPICS 29-33 in the 5th edition of Constitutional Law] Some recent articles that are relevant to this unit:
VI. 14th Amendment, Discrimination, Privacy, Working, Citizenship & Immigration [See TOPICS 34-41 in the 5th edition of Constitutional Law] Some recent articles that are relevant to this unit: