Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center


Can only a jury impose the death penalty?

August 3, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Reading a Supreme Court ruling of last January in a widely expansive way, a divided Delaware Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down that state’s death penalty law. It ruled that the Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on death sentencing requires that the ultimate choice of life or death can only be made by a jury, not a judge.

Constitution Check: Do federal corruption laws sweep too broadly?

August 18, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literary adviser, examines the coming Supreme Court appeal in the political corruption case of Virginia’s former governor.

Are judges simply ‘politicians in robes’?

May 5, 2015 By Danieli Evans

From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like liberal-conservative ideology predicts the way that judges will rule. But new research suggests the truth is more complicated.

Texas federal court temporarily blocks Obama’s immigration programs

February 17, 2015 By Tyler Anger

A federal district court judge in Brownsville, Texas, has granted an injunction against two of President Obama’s much-discussed immigration initiatives, temporarily blocking them while legal proceedings are pending.

Podcast: Should elected judges be allowed to ask for donations?

January 22, 2015 By NCC Staff

Jeffery Rosen speaks with two leading experts, Bob Corn-Revere and Burt Neuborne, about one of the most interesting cases in the Supreme Court this term: about state-level judges who run for office, and want to raise campaign funds.

Podcast: Judicial rulings and the evaluation of laws

January 7, 2015 By NCC Staff

Michael Gerhardt from the University of North Carolina School of Law and Clark Neily from the Institute for Justice join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss a timeless topic among constitutional law scholars: When is it appropriate for the courts to strike down laws passed by a legislature?

Video: How judges decide in an era of discontent

November 12, 2014 By NCC Staff

Veteran attorney and author Joel Cohen interviews five federal judges about how they maintain independence and decide high-profile cases, in a National Constitution Center event on Wednesday night.

Holder’s same-sex marriage move heats up separation of powers debate

February 10, 2014 By Scott Bomboy

Attorney Eric Holder is making sweeping changes about how the federal government extends rights to legally married same-sex couples, in areas where the federal government has jurisdiction. The move should add more fuel to the debate over the roles of the executive, Congress and the states in deciding social issues.

Remembering an influential thinker, Ronald Coase

September 4, 2013 By NCC Staff

Ronald Coase, who died on Monday at the age of 102, was one of the most influential thinkers in American law during the past century, even though he was an economist, not a lawyer.

The Voting Rights Act decision as a clear example of judicial activism

September 4, 2013 By Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen, the CEO of the National Constitution Center, argues that the Justice Department’s efforts to keep the Voting Rights Act alive face long-term resistance at the Supreme Court.

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