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The debate over emergency powers and the border wall

January 8, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump’s statement that he is considering using emergency presidential powers to build a border wall has reignited an old scholarly debate.

CNN gets temporary due process ruling in Trump case

November 16, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order on Friday allowing CNN reporter Jim Acosta to regain his White House press pass, pending a later ruling about broader constitutional issues in the case.

Pinky the Dog gets her day at Iowa’s Supreme Court

October 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A dispute about a dog that bit a cat is now at Iowa’s Supreme Court and it addresses an important question about how municipalities can regulate dog breeds deemed as dangerous.

Looking ahead: Cases for the Supreme Court’s next term

August 20, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Coming up in October, the Supreme Court starts a new term and hears new cases. Here’s a quick look at three cases the Justices will consider during their first week of arguments.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2018 By Nicandro Iannacci

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court decides against Double Jeopardy appeal

June 22, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court decided against a Virginia man’s claim that he faced double jeopardy because he faced multiple trials related to one incident.

Presidential subpoenas: An unsettled matter?

May 3, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The idea of a possible presidential subpoena is in the news again, bringing back a question that’s been debated for months. To what extent does a President have to respond to a subpoena request?

The Supreme Court takes on a big Double Jeopardy case

February 20, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a dispute about a defendant’s claim to double jeopardy if they have multiple trials related to one incident.

Could the Fifth Amendment play a role in the Mueller investigation?

February 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

As special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly negotiates with Donald Trump’s lawyers for an interview the President, legal experts are evaluating several different scenarios, including a possible rare Fifth Amendment appearance in testimony about Mueller’s case.

Podcast: Undocumented teens and abortion

January 11, 2018 By NCC Staff

Catherine Glenn Foster and Leah Litman discuss a current lawsuit over the ability of the federal government to block undocumented teens from getting abortions.

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