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Cardozo Prof. @StJohnsLaw. Justice Robert H. Jackson biographer. Const'l Law, Crim Pro, Legal History, Nuremberg, SCOTUS. Worked Iran-Contra & DOJ. #JacksonList
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Jun 24 6 tweets 1 min read
1/6: Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, & Kagan, in their Dobbs joint dissent, warn that this decision by five justices to discard a long-standing Court precedent because they dislike it means that every Court precedent is at risk: 2/6: "Justice [Robert H.] Jackson once called a decision he dissented from a 'loaded weapon,' ready to hand for improper uses. Korematsu v. United States, 323 U. S. 214, 246 (1944).
Nov 26, 2020 6 tweets 1 min read
Thread re the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn #SCOTUS decision late last night: 2/ Suggested reading order, to best see it unfold: per curiam; Breyer dissent; Gorsuch concurrence; Roberts dissent; Sotomayor dissent; Kavanaugh concurrence.
Jan 13, 2019 9 tweets 4 min read
1/ Thread: In light of today’s @nytimes report that the #FBI in mid-May ‘17 began to investigate whether President Trump is a #Russian agent, look again at Special Counsel #Mueller’s Dec. 4 pre-sentencing Memorandum in the Michael #Flynn case. 2/ Mueller was appointed Special Counsel about a week after the FBI opened this investigation of Trump. Mueller was appointed to supervise it & other matters, both counter-intelligence & criminal, all related to Russia.
Dec 4, 2018 26 tweets 6 min read
1/ On Michael Cohen’s upcoming federal sentencing & James McCord’s role in #Watergate2/ #MichaelCohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty in August to eight federal crimes, two related to Trump’s campaign finances & six related to Cohen’s personal finances.
Nov 8, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
In June 2017, I was on @CNN @DonLemon a couple of times with now-Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, @TheJusticeDept. The shows were discussions of the appointment & work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Whittaker then was practicing law in his own law firm in Des Moines (Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP). On CNN, he was critical of former @FBI Director James @Comey, the FBI 2016 election-Trump campaign-Russia investigation, Mueller’s special counsel appointment, etc.