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.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
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.