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The President v. The Courts
Past U.S. presidents of both parties have threatened to undermine the authority of the third branch. Do President Trump’s attacks cross a red line?
The Constitution Project Officially Becomes Part of the Project On Government Oversight
The President Should Veto Cybersurveillance Legislation
Forced-feeding at Guantanamo: A moment of truth?
Over the last year, the military has fought hard to shield from public view ongoing hunger strike management practices at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Blog
  • By Scott Roehm, Senior Counsel
Guantanamo: where facts go to die?
Yesterday, the Obama administration sent five long-held Guantanamo detainees to resettlement in Eastern Europe, two to Slovakia and three to Georgia. Four of the men are Yemeni, the first detainees from that country to leave Guantanamo (alive) since 2010. That makes 12 transfers in 2014. More should be on the horizon; according to reports the Pentagon has sent Congress several additional transfer notices.
  • Blog
  • By Scott Roehm, Senior Counsel
1994 Crime Bill: Tough, but Not Smart, on Crime
In 1994, I proudly served as counsel to Don Edwards (D-CA), House Judiciary Civil and Constitutional Rights Subcommittee Chair. I vividly recall an entire weekend spent in the House majority leader’s office helping negotiate the 1994 omnibus crime bill. Representative Edwards passionately argued that the bill’s “tough on crime” approach would do more harm than good. In so many ways, he was right.
  • Blog
  • By Virginia Sloan, President
“Interpreted As It Ought To Be”: Toward a Principled Eighth Amendment
“Interpreted as it ought to be interpreted,” the abolitionist Frederick Douglass said in 1852, “the Constitution is a glorious liberty document.” In his July 5th speech in Rochester, New York, to the town’s Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, Douglass addressed the meaning of the Fourth of July for slaves.

“This Fourth July is yours, not mine,” Douglass told his white audience. “You may rejoice, I must mourn,” he said at Corinthian Hall, telling the assembled crowd—his “Fellow-citizens”—that “above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them.”
  • Blog
  • By John Bessler
Innocent, but Not Exonerated: A Recent Case in Texas
This past May, The Constitution Project’s Death Penalty Committee released its report “Irreversible Error,” which presents recommendations to correct the injustices in the administration of the capital punishment. While the news cycle is replete with examples of why reforms are imperative, a recent case out of Texas illustrates how errors in death penalty cases are particularly complex and seemingly intractable.
  • Blog
  • By Maria Cortina, TCP Hispanic Outreach Fellow
Wrongful Convictions as a Sentinel Event
Since The Constitution Project’s inception, we have consistently called upon decision-makers to address the underlying conditions causing errors in our criminal justice system and to institute needed reforms. As TCP’s Death Penalty Committee’s recently released report on the death penalty, Irreversible Error, explains, “When the criminal justice system fails in its most critical function - convicting the guilty and exonerating the innocent - the government should step in to determine the causes of the failure and identify appropriate reforms.” And we have always been careful to acknowledge that remedying errors in individual cases is paramount – ours is a system of justice, comprised of many working parts. Rarely, is one single individual actor to blame.
  • Blog
  • By Patrick Cleary, Esq., Public Interest Law Intern
2013-2014 SCOTUS Round-Up
Media analysis has focused intently on the apparent unanimity that has characterized this year’s Supreme Court decisions. The Court issued 73 opinions this term, 48 of which were 9-0 decisions. Contrary to the cries of the media, however, this number is quite average; as American University Washington College of Law Professor and The Constitution Project’s Supreme Court Fellow Stephen Vladeck noted at TCP’s Semi-Annual Supreme Court Update on July 8, 2014, it is historically common for the Supreme Court to hand down unanimous rulings. Moreover, the media focus on unanimity in this Court is far too simplistic, for it ignores the bitter divisions that lie behind a façade of agreement. While the prominence of 9-0 decisions in this year’s Court seems to suggest a strong level of agreement, the nine judges were often fiercely divided in their reasoning. As Slate Legal Analyst Dahlia Lithwick explained in a June 26 article entitled "Supreme Court Breakfast Table," these decisions are perhaps more accurately described as “faux-nanimous,” and the appearance of unanimity should not overshadow the intense disagreements that pervade this Court, especially since lower courts are less likely to follow the Court’s decisions when they are accompanied by concurrences.
  • Blog
  • By Julia Rossi and Shannon Vavra, Public Policy Undergraduate Interns
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