FROM Jonathan Turley
Ideas to overhaul the Supreme Court As Democrats and Republicans spar over the nomination of Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice, we look at the court’s structure. One expert says having just nine justices does not ensure a fair system, and that the court is not transparent enough.
Supreme Court Voids 'Stolen Honor' Law The First Amendment "protects the speech we detest as well as the speech we embrace." That's the reasoning in another decision handed down today. When Xavier Alvarez was a member of the Three Valleys Municipal Water in eastern Los Angeles County, he claimed he was a former Marine and recipient of the Medal of Honor. In fact he had never served in the military. He was charged and pled guilty to violating a federal law called the Stolen Valor Act . But his lawyers appealed. Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Brad Gooch: Rumi's Secret Biographer Brad Gooch reveals that he traveled 2500 miles to trace Rumi's footsteps, learned Persian and spent eight years to write Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love.
Fighting for the soul of the California Democratic Party Over the weekend, Eric Bauman was elected as the new chair of the California Democratic Party. But his main opponent, progressive Kimberly Ellis has not conceded. It was a raucous weekend with Bernie Sanders supporters saying the party is not listening to their concerns.