Author Archives: Kimberly Robinson

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Democracy, SCOTUS Reputation at Stake in Gerrymandering Case

Democracy, SCOTUS Reputation at Stake in Gerrymandering Case

By Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson, Bloomberg BNA American democracy is at stake, and only the U.S. Supreme Court can fix it. That’s what the attorney representing voters challenging Wisconsin’s voting districts told the justices Oct. 3 during oral argument in a case that could drastically change the way states draw voting districts for federal and state

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Supreme Court Signals Interest in Confederate Symbols

By Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson, Bloomberg BNA The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court signaled Aug. 29 that they may be interested in reviewing the display of controversial Confederate symbols. The high court asked Mississippi Gov. Dewey Phillip Bryant (R) to respond to a lawsuit challenging the inclusion of the Confederate Battle Flag on the state’s

Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, left, listens while Senator Dianne Feinstein, a democrat from California and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Comey Firing Could Wake a Constitutional Wolf

Two senators are seeking to force the Trump Administration’s hand on appointing an independent prosecutor to investigate possible links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 election. Former FBI Director James B. Comey had been leading the criminal investigation into those links, despite longstanding calls from Democrats to appoint an independent counsel. Comey’s abrupt

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, gestures during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Gorsuch Vote: 5 Top Issues From Senate Hearings

By Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson, Bloomberg BNA “The independence and integrity of the judiciary is in my bones,” U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told senators during his confirmation hearing. The statement came in response to tough questioning from Democrats regarding his independence from President Donald Trump. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has already said that

Alan Levine for the defendants gives opening statements before Judge Jed Rakoff and seated colleagues on Monday, November 2, 2002.  Artist: Shirley Shepard via Bloomberg News.

Did Rakoff’s Rando Circuit Judge Swap Lead to SCOTUS Insider Trading Decision?

A fortuitous panel assignment in the Ninth Circuit allowed District Court Judge Jed Rakoff to craft the decision that ultimately unseated a ground-breaking insider trading opinion from his home circuit. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the retired New York judge Dec. 6 when it held that a close relationship between a tipper and tippee

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Little Confidence in Trump from ConLaw Scholars

President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t take the oath of office until Jan. 20, but several constitutional law scholars are already questioning whether he’ll uphold it. “Although we sincerely hope that you will take your constitutional oath seriously, so far you have offered little indication that you will,” 42 constitutional law scholars said in an open letter

A "Photo ID Required Today" sign hangs at the entrance of a polling location during the presidential primary vote in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S., on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Wisconsin voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether Donald Trump's latest self-inflicted wounds are deep enough to deny him a win in the state's Republican primary, and, in turn, to diminish his hopes of winning the presidential nomination. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

SCOTUS Seeks Clearer Rules for Drawing Voter Lines

The U.S. Supreme Court was searching for clarity in a murky area of the law in a redistricting double-header at the court Dec. 5. The court heard racial gerrymandering challenges to Virginia and North Carolina redistricting maps. At issue is whether those states unconstitutionally allowed race to “predominate” during the redistricting process. It was unclear

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Emoluments Clause

The often-overlooked emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution has come into the spotlight after Donald Trump’s presidential victory. The clause, at Art. I, §9, cl. 8 of the U.S. Constitution, was also included in the Articles of Confederation. It was “motivated by a fear of corruption,” according to the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution. It