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Judicial Branch news and analysis from The Nation
June 16, 2017
Trump Is Appointing Racist Fake-News Purveyors to the Federal Bench
A radical transformation of the judiciary is underway.
May 31, 2017
The Outcome of This Obscure Lawsuit Could Undermine Constitutional Government
The Georgia Supreme Court is about to decide whether citizens can sue the state. It’s chilling to imagine what could happen if the justices say they cannot.
May 2, 2017
Meet Bob Ferguson, the Washington State Attorney General Who Shut Down Trump’s Muslim Ban
Now a toast of the progressive community, Ferguson views the law as a profoundly moral enterprise.
April 5, 2017
Jeff Merkley’s Heroic Fight Against Gorsuch Is a Fight for the Constitution
The Oregon senator filibustered for more than 15 hours to challenge the awarding of a stolen seat to Trump’s nominee.
March 27, 2017
Neil Gorsuch’s Own Testimony Clearly Disqualifies Him
The nominee failed to outline even minimal concerns about the GOP’s judicial coup.
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February 16, 2017
The Real Danger in Trump’s Attacks on Judges
He’s repeating the right-wing libel of “judicial overreach”—but he’s also challenging the bedrock principle of judicial supremacy on constitutional questions.
December 21, 2016
Mitch McConnell Assaulted the Constitution (and Got Away With It)
The senator refused to perform his duty in rejecting any consideration of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
June 29, 2016
In Some States, Defendants Can Be Charged Hundreds of Dollars Just to Face a Jury
And other ways our judicial system bleeds the poor with debt.
June 22, 2016
This Is Precisely the Right Time for the Senate to Consider Judge Garland’s Supreme Court Nomination
The American Bar Association has given President Obama’s pick its highest rating.
June 20, 2016
Sonia Sotomayor’s Epic Dissent Explains What’s at Stake When the Police Don’t Follow the Law
In an opinion that cited Michelle Alexander and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Justice Sotomayor railed against the gutting of the Fourth Amendment.