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  • Turley: Hillary Clinton's Private Email Account "Extraordinary, Dangerous"

    03/05/2015 1:23:08 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 33 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 5, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    JONATHAN TURLEY, GWU LAW PROFESSOR: The idea that a cabinet member would create her own system is pretty extraordinary and it's also pretty dangerous. This is the type of thing that sends most security officers into orbit... this certainly runs against the grain of the federal law. It's much more difficult to comply with those laws when you're creating your own system and allowing your own people to manage it. (video at link)
  • Jonathan Turley to Congress: You face self-destruction if you don’t rein in Obama

    07/16/2014 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via the Daily Caller, an elegant opening statement from today’s House Rules Committee hearing on Boehner’s separation-of-powers lawsuit. You’ve heard him make this argument before but he’s getting more apocalyptic with each appearance before Congress — and who can blame him? The last time he testified, Obama wasn’t babbling to activists about amnestizing five million illegals with a stroke of his pen. Today Turley calls O’s rhetoric about unilateral action “extreme” and warns the committee that Congress will effectively self-destruct if the executive is allowed to do what he wants whenever there’s gridlock. After all, in a system of limited...
  • Liberal Lawyer to Represent House of Representatives Against Obama

    11/18/2014 5:02:28 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 18 Nov 14 | MICHAEL WARRE
    VIDEO HEREAmazing 8:33 min/sec video of testimony by Professor Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law Professor on the subject of Barry Soetoro's tyranny.
  • Turley Joins Republican Challenge To Obama's Lawlessness

    11/19/2014 4:24:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies ^ | November 19, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Executive Limits: For those in and out of the administration who dismissed the House lawsuit against the president for unconstitutional and illegal action, the naming of Jonathan Turley as lead attorney means game on. Coming as President Obama prepares to extend his lawlessness and war on the Constitution by granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, the timing of George Washington University law professor and constitutional scholar Turley being named lead attorney in the House lawsuit against the president is exquisite. Though he is a supporter of Obama and his policies, Turley is not a party hack as...
  • Liberal Law Prof: Obama Exec Amnesty 'Dangerous' & 'Unprecedented Threat' to Constitutional System

    11/18/2014 11:34:05 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/17/2014 | Tony Lee
    Liberal George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley believes that President Barack Obama's forthcoming executive amnesty will be an "unprecedented" and "dangerous" overreach that will threaten America's constitutional system of governance. "This would be unprecedented and I think it would be an unprecedented threat to the balance of powers within our system," Turley said ... Turley noted that Obama is intent on going ahead with his executive amnesty that may "again violate separation of powers" even after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Obama did so while making unconstitutional recess appointments. He said that Obama "isn't being particularly coy about"...
  • GOP hires legal scholar to oversee Obama lawsuit

    11/18/2014 8:58:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 18, 2014 | Lauren French
    House Republicans have hired a noted constitutional lawyer to oversee a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for alleged executive overreach. Jonathan Turley, a professor at The George Washington University, has argued in favor of the suit against Obama’s executive order delaying the employer mandate provision of Obamacare. This is Republicans' third lawyer since the suit was initially passed in July. Two previous lawyers dropped the case and the House has yet to file the lawsuit in federal court. “Professor Turley is a renowned legal scholar who agrees that President Obama has clearly overstepped his constitutional authority,” said Michael Steel, a...
  • Stopping Obama's 'uber Presidency'

    07/20/2014 4:56:11 PM PDT · by Conservative Beacon · 7 replies
    The Conservative Beacon ^ | July 20, 2014 | Josh Price
    On this episode of The Conservative Beacon Podcast, Josh Price discusses liberal lawyer Jonathan Turley’s Congressional profoundly important testimony imploring action against Obama’s “uber Presidency.” Head over to to listen.
  • Jonathan Turly Weighs In On Supreme Court Ruling & Executive Orders Special Report

    06/30/2014 5:00:48 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies ^ | June 30, 2014 | You Tube
    Video - special report with Jonathan Turly on SCOTUS ruling.
  • Op-Ed Get ready for an even bigger threat to Obamacare

    07/01/2014 4:47:27 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 30,2014 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    The D.C. Circuit Court is expected to rule any day now on the Halbig case, and supporters of the Affordable Care Act are growing nervous. In January, an Obamacare advocate described the Halbig case to a reporter for the Hill as "probably the most significant existential threat to the Affordable Care Act. All the other lawsuits that have been filed really don't go to the heart of the ACA, and this one would have." And in a fraught oral argument before the D.C. Circuit Court, the administration seemed to struggle to defend its interpretation. If the ruling goes against the...
  • The president's power grab - Obama is not a dictator, but there is a danger in his aggregation of...

    03/09/2014 1:15:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 9, 2014 | Jonathan Turley
    Obama is not a dictator, but there is a danger in his aggregation of executive power. Recently, a bizarre scene unfolded on the floor of the House of Representatives that would have shocked the framers of the Constitution. In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he had decided to go it alone in areas where Congress refused to act to his satisfaction. In a system of shared powers, one would expect an outcry or at least stony silence when a president promised to circumvent the legislative branch. Instead, many senators and representatives erupted in rapturous applause;...
  • Jonathan Turley: We are now at a constitutional tipping point in our system

    02/26/2014 7:37:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 317 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/26/14 | Washington Free Beacon Washington Free Beacon
    Jonathan Turley: We are now at a constitutional tipping point in our system February 26, 2014
  • Jonathan Turley’s snarky remarks about Palin’s “death panels” warnings don’t look so clever now

    12/29/2010 8:02:48 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 26 replies · 11+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | DECEMBER 29TH, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    In August of 2009 the “Oh- so- much- wiser- than- we-are” Jonathan Turley mocked Sarah Palin’s warnings that Obama’s healthcare scheme included what she rightfully called “death panels.” In his column, haughtily titled “Res Ipsa Loquitor” (The thing itself speaks), Turley compared Palin’s warnings about Obamcare’s intensions to kill those who were no longer “meaningful users” of healthcare to a monster in a movie. Turley wrote that Palin’s characterization of the dangerous program as “downright evil” put her in the category of people who believe in a “Death Star” one might see in a movie. Presumably the liberals who read...
  • "Troubling" analysis [Commenting On Jonathan Turley Hit Piece]

    01/10/2006 9:56:47 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 5 replies · 599+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan. 10, 2006 | Paul Mirengoff
    Jonathan Turley finds Judge Alito a "troubling nominee" because of his "extreme views of government authority over citizens' rights" in a time when "President Bush has claimed virtually absolute authority to act in contradiction of federal and international law." I find Turley's distortion of Alito's record troubling. Turley relies first on positions that Alito took as a Justice Department employee, for example, the brief he filed for the government in Garner v. Tennessee, involving the shooting of a boy who refused to stop when ordered to be the police after robbing a home. But Alito was simply arguing the government's...

    12/20/2005 3:12:26 AM PST · by 7thson · 66 replies · 2,420+ views
    Did anyone catch Bill O'Reilly last night? He put on two legal "experts" to discuss the warrentless wiretaps ordered by President Bush. One of the experts was Turley. Turley stated President Bush committed an illegal act that could be an impeachable offense. I am not worried about that. I do want to comment though about his statement and 50 USC Section 1802. How come nobody in the media has brought this up yet? I remember Turley always being hard on Clinton during the Impeachment and now he seems to always down on President Bush. What is his problem? Have this...
  • Jonathan Turley says Obamacare will take federalism "off life-support" (Vanity)

    03/31/2010 12:13:02 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 26 replies · 1,092+ views
    March 31, 2010 | Seizethecarp
    On a blog that we can't post from here in FR, Turley says constitutional challenges to Obamacare are not frivolous. Jonathan Turley, left-wing constitutional scholar and frequent quest of Olbermann's on MSNBC, has now come out pronouncing the Obamacare mandate provision as destroying what little is left of the founder's intended federalism. Now the Democrat talking points will have to be revised to remove their claim that "Not a single constitutional scholar believes that challenges based on the commerce clause will succeed." I seriously doubt that the Roberts Court will permit this to go down on their watch!
  • Liberal Prof.: Obama Has Brought Us To ‘Constitutional Tipping Point’

    02/27/2014 1:38:57 AM PST · by cowpoke · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb. 26, 2014 | staff
    During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, liberal constitutional professor Jonathan Turley said that the growth of executive power is “accelerating” and that the growth of such power has brought us to a “constitutional tipping point”. “I believe we are now at a constitutional tipping point in our system,” Turley, who teaches law at George Washington University, said. “It’s a dangerous point for our system to be in, and I believe that your response has to begin before this president leaves office. No one in our system goes it alone.”...
  • M.D. Harmon: Obama cultivating a fourth branch of government

    02/28/2014 6:29:53 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    press herald ^ | February 28, 2014 | M.D. Harmon
    Federal agencies that spurn congressional authority are becoming an independent branch. I’ve finally come to see that it’s Barack Obama’s country, and we all just live in it. The Founders intended that the three branches of government have respect for each other’s roles. But while those boundaries once appeared to be inscribed in granite, they were really written on the wind. It turns out the Founders’ ideal was entirely dependent on the willingness of the leaders we elected to honor it. Thus, those boundaries were far more fragile than they appeared. They have been weakening for decades under progressive legal...
  • ‘The Imperial Presidency’ [constitutional law experts testify before House Judiciary Committee]

    02/26/2014 4:06:59 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies ^ | February 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Constitutional law experts... warning... of an “imperial presidency.” The hearing, “Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws,” focused on the multiple areas President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress, ranging from healthcare and immigration to marriage and welfare rules. Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, testified that the expansion of executive power is happening so fast that America is at a “constitutional tipping point.” “My view [is] that the president, has in fact, exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a three branch system,” he said....
  • Turley on Expansion of Presidential Powers: "We Have Become a Nation of Enablers" (MUST SEE video)

    02/12/2014 7:02:11 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 12, 2014) | RealClearPolitics
    KELLY: Let me ask you about this because in that soundbite we played before we went to commercial, you said the framers would be horrified because everything they did was to create balance between the branches of government and we've lost that. TURLEY: Well, I'm afraid it's quite serious because the framers created a system that was designed to avoid one principle thing, the concentration of power in any one branch. Because that balancing between these branches in this fixed orbit is what not only gives stability to our system but it protects us against authoritarian power, it protects civil...
  • Gay Community Update: Libs Not Happy, Happy, Happy with Phil Robertson

    12/18/2013 7:46:30 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 12-18-13 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut. That's the trumpet fanfare, folks. It hearkens back to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorite days on this program. And we indeed are hearkening back, turning back the hands of time. Our old friend, the late great Klaus Nomi and a gay community update. (playing of song) RUSH: Klaus Nomi, everybody! (Continued playing of song) RUSH: Let 'er rip, Klaus. Yes, sir! Klaus Nomi! (continued playing of song) RUSH: Yes siree, my friends, the gay community update there voiced, a vocal portrayal by Klaus Nomi. Okay, today's gay update theme comes from Phil...
  • Obama Is The Danger Constitution Was Designed To Avoid

    12/07/2013 3:55:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 7, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Executive Orders: A liberal constitutional scholar warns of the concentration of power not only in the hands of one branch of government but in a single man who ignores the Constitution and acts of Congress on a whim. As the story goes, Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 18, 1787, when a woman asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin is said to have replied, "A republic, madam — if you can keep it." The Founders designed a system of checks and balances...
  • Turley: Obama's "Become The Very Danger The Constitution Was Designed To Avoid"

    12/05/2013 6:57:43 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 82 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | December 4, 2013
    REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA): Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It's about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president's unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people? JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He's becoming...
  • Lib law prof: Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs are creating a “very dangerous & unstable system”

    12/04/2013 3:33:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 3, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers). At 1:10:55 he describes the “royal prerogative” that the Constitution was designed to eliminate but which Obama, through the growth of the administrative state and his own expansive view of executive discretion, is now flirting with. At 2:53:45, he applies...
  • Pro-Obama Turley: Obama's "Become The Very Danger The Constitution Was Designed To Avoid" (video)

    12/04/2013 4:06:34 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 31 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 4, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.
  • How Nixon Won Watergate

    03/26/2013 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Res ipsa loquitur ("The thing itself speaks") blog ^ | March 26, 2013 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    This month, I spoke at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal with some of its survivors at the National Press Club. While much of the discussion looked back at the historic clash with President Nixon, I was struck by a different question: Who actually won? From unilateral military actions to warrantless surveillance that were key parts of the basis for Nixon’s impending impeachment, the painful fact is that Barack Obama is the president that Nixon always wanted to be. Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an “imperial presidency” with unilateral...
  • House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe

    12/09/2008 12:15:10 AM PST · by hamboy · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Privacy Digest ^ | December 9, 2008 | MacRonin
    House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe A congressional panel will ask the National Security Agency's internal watchdog to investigate whether the super-secret spy agency eavesdropped without warrants on a Muslim scholar and later hid that evidence in a 2005 terror prosecution that got him a life sentence.The House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and the judge overseeing the case want the NSA's inspector general to find out if the government failed to disclose evidence that might have cleared the name of a Northern Virginia spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, Rep. Rush Holt (D- New Jersey) told the New York Times.That...
  • Obama Administration Declares It Will Not Deport Young Illegal Immigrants (Turley:BO is Imperial)

    06/18/2012 12:35:36 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Jonathen Turley res ipsa loquitur blog ^ | June 18, 2012 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    While liberals again celebrate the unilateral action, they ignore that danger that the next president may also simply chose to ignore whole areas of the federal law and criminal code in areas ranging from the environment to employment discrimination. It is one more brick in the wall of the Imperial Presidency constructed under Barack Obama — a wall that may prove difficult to dismantle for citizens in the future. Here the Administration is implementing a categorical policy not to enforce federal law, which dictates deportation for illegal immigrations regardless of their age. Congress has refused to pass such laws and...
  • Response To The Absurd Polygamy Constitutional Challenge Based On One Supreme Court Precedent

    08/26/2011 11:24:45 AM PDT · by stevelackner · 19 replies
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | August 26, | Steven W. Lackner
    The Salt Lake Tribune reported in July that an "attorney for a reality-show family files a lawsuit that could send the state’s ban on plural marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nationally-known constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said the lawsuit to be filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City will not call for plural marriages to be recognized by the state. Instead, it asks for polygamy between consenting adults like his clients, former Utahn Kody Brown and his wives, to no longer be considered a crime." Turley however makes clear that he is not going to argue before...
  • A Gay-Wedding Crasher [Homosexual Rights=Rights of Polygamists!]

    07/31/2011 2:47:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 112 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 30,2011
    <p>EDITORIAL A Gay-Wedding Crasher A law professor attempts to use a homosexual rights ruling to defend a polygamous family in Utah.</p> <p>In this file photo, (pic in URL) Kody Brown poses with his wives Janelle, Christine, Meri, and Robyn for TLC's reality TV show, "Sister Wives." The Browns' attorney, Jonathan Turley, filed a lawsuit challenging the Utah bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal.</p>
  • “Sister Wives” clan to challenge constitutionality of Utah’s polygamy law (It's come to this)

    07/12/2011 8:17:26 PM PDT · by EmpireStateConservative · 89 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2011 | Allahpundit
    Who’s angrier about this? Traditional marriage activists, or gay rights activists who don’t want to see the debate about same-sex marriage dragged down the slippery slope when they’re trying to build on momentum from New York? Nationally-known constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said the lawsuit to be filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City will not call for plural marriages to be recognized by the state. Instead, it asks for polygamy between consenting adults like his clients, former Utahn Kody Brown and his wives, to no longer be considered a crime.“We are only challenging the right of the...
  • "'Sister Wives' Family to Challenge Utah Bigamy Law" - ABC News - polygamy - mormon

    07/12/2011 8:48:02 AM PDT · by fishtank · 84 replies
    abcnews ^ | today | FT
    By JENNIFER DOBNER Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY July 12, 2011 (AP) A polygamous family made famous by the reality TV show "Sister Wives" plans to challenge the Utah bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal, a Washington-based attorney said Tuesday. In an email to The Associated Press, attorney Jonathan Turley said he will file the lawsuit challenging Utah's bigamy law in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court on Wednesday. .............
  • Teen faces prison after sex doll prank goes awry (Prosecutors gone wild, kid faces 8 years prison)

    07/06/2011 2:09:59 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 111 replies
    WSVM ^ | 07/06/2011 | AP News
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn't expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he'd be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record. The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the country, The Indianapolis Star reported in its Tuesday editions. Legal experts question the appropriateness of the charges against Morton, and law professor Jonathan Turley at George Washington University...
  • England Reaffirms Ban on Radio Host Michael Savage

    05/25/2011 3:28:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 32 replies ^ | 5-25-11 | Jonathon Turley
    We have been following the ban imposed on conservative radio host Michael Savage by England — barring him from entry into the country. England now appears to have reaffirmed the decision and accuses Savage of promising to retract some of his statements and failing to do so. While I strongly disagree with many of Savage’s statements, I view the ban as part of a disturbing trend limiting free speech in the West and particularly in England. In the communication below, Treasury Solicitor Michael Atkins tells counsel for Savage that he previously assured the government that Savage would repudiate some of...
  • Constitutional Lawyer: ObamaCare Treats People Like Pollution

    03/24/2010 4:44:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies · 1,265+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You might think you’re a citizen with certain unalienable rights. But in the eyes of Pres. Obama, you’re no better than an acid raindrop . . . On today’s Good Morning America, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley–no raging conservative he–raised doubts as to the constitutionality of the way ObamaCare negates state law and forces every American to buy a government-approved health insurance policy–under penalty of law. Turley went on to explain how ObamaCare treats citizens like pollution: a problem to be dealt with. View video here.
  • Retired Major General Joins Litigation Over Obama’s Birth Status

    07/19/2009 11:24:30 AM PDT · by pissant · 33 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | 7/19/09 | Jonathan Turley
    The controversy over President Barack Obama continues with an interesting twist: Maj. Gen. Carol Dean Childers (ret.) and active U.S. Air Force reservist Lt. Col. David Earl Graeff may joined the litigation. On July 8th, Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook filed the suit July 8th in federal court demanding conscientious objector status and a preliminary injunction based upon his claim that President Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States. He argued that, since Obama cannot serve as president of the United States, he cannot order him to deploy as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. What is...
  • CNN Searches for Capitol's 'Jail' in Report on Libs' Desire to Arrest Rove

    08/07/2008 7:50:47 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 324+ views ^ | 8/7/2008 | Matthew Balan
    Now that Congress has recessed, and since the conventions aren’t for a couple of weeks, Thursday’s The Situation Room turned back to the "hot" issue of what many liberals are calling on congressional Democrats to do: arrest and lock-up Karl Rove for his failure to testify on the issue of the firing of U.S. attorneys in late 2006. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, as part of a report on this possible move by the Democrats, conducted a search for the supposed jail inside the U.S. Capitol. He also addressed the little-used power of the legislature to arrest and try government officials...
  • Liberal Jonathan Turley: Sotomayor Lacks Intellectual Depth

    05/27/2009 7:10:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies · 1,872+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 27, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Until yesterday, liberal law professor Jonathan Turley was generally hailed by the leftwing blogosphere for speaking "truth to power." However, now that same group is attacking Turley for speaking truth to MSNBC. Chris Matthews probably thought Turley would support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination right after it was announced. If so, he was in for a big surprise as you can see in this video clip. The same video also shows Turley making the same critique with David Shuster...and taking a swipe at justice Thurgood Marshall as well. First Turley blindsides Matthews with his completely unexpected criticism of Sotomayor:
  • Free World is Barring Free Speech

    04/23/2009 5:42:32 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies · 542+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4/14/09 | Jonathan Turley
    For years, the Western world has listened aghast to stories out of Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations of citizens being imprisoned or executed for questioning or offending Islam. Even the most seemingly minor infractions elicit draconian punishments. Late last year, two Afghan journalists were sentenced to prison for blasphemy because they translated the Koran into a Farsi dialect that Afghans can read. In Jordan, a poet was arrested for incorporating Koranic verses into his work. And last week, an Egyptian court banned a magazine for running a similar poem. But now an equally troubling trend is developing...
  • Strange Bedfellows: ABC Analyst Suggests Polygamy Ban Unconstitutional

    04/12/2008 5:53:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies · 9,976+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You might think MSM support for the raid by Texas state authorities on the polygamist compound in Eldorado would be a slam dunk. After all, the religion involved is the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Not just Mormons: fundamentalists Mormons! Throw in patriarchy and allegations of exploitation of young women, and surely the feminist-inspired liberal media would be cheering on the bust. But not so fast. Support this intervention, and perhaps a precedent is established for restrictions on unorthodox family arrangements of a more PC tint. Take the comments of Jonathan Turley on today's Good Morning...
  • Gun Control Zealots Await Democrat Victory

    10/14/2007 11:24:32 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 11 replies · 62+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 10/14/07 | Purple Mountains
    This week’s school shooting in Cleveland has again raised the illogical cry to take guns away from legal owners because a disturbed youth wielding illegal guns has done something crazy. One of the stupidest aspects of liberal philosophy (and one of Mayor Giuliani’s main handicaps) is the belief that our Founding Fathers made a mistake in enshrining in our Constitution the right of individuals to bear arms.
  • Jonathan Turley Reads Constitution, Is Shocked to Find 2nd Amendment

    10/04/2007 7:53:04 AM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 90 replies · 3,098+ views
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | October 4, 2007 | Leibowitz
    Jonathan Turley, a very high profile constitutional scholar and dedicated liberal, this morning confessed to reading the Constitution and finding within its black letters a previously undiscovered 2nd Amendment. To Turley's chagrin and credit, he acknowledges his discovery in today's op-ed piece A Liberal's Lament: The NRA Might Be Right After All *** Like many academics, I was happy to blissfully ignore the Second Amendment. It did not fit neatly into my socially liberal agenda. Yet, two related cases could now force liberals into a crisis of conscience. The Supreme Court is expected to accept review of District of Columbia...
  • Feds say eavesdropping program did not taint Va. jihad conviction

    07/22/2006 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 252+ views
    AP ^ | 7/21/06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 eavesdropping program did not compromise its prosecution of an American Muslim cleric convicted of soliciting treason and convincing some of his followers to join the Taliban, prosecutors said. But defense lawyers are not satisfied with the government's claim, and on Friday a federal judge held a closed-door hearing and allowed attorneys for Ali al-Timimi some latitude to investigate the government's conduct. Al-Timimi, of Fairfax, a U.S.-born Muslim who studied under prominent fundamentalist clerics in Saudi Arabia, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year for soliciting treason and urging some...
  • Turley: “There Will Be No One to the Right of Sam Alito on This Court” (Hear, hear!)

    10/31/2005 10:18:38 AM PST · by freedomdefender · 141 replies · 4,253+ views
    Today Show transcript ^ | October 31, 2005 | Jonathon Turley
    When Harriet Miers’ nomination was first announced, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley called her an “amazingly bad choice.” This morning, he weighed in Samuel Alito:JONATHAN TURLEY: He’s the top choice for particularly pro-life people. Sam Alito is viewed as someone who is likely to join the hard right in likely narrowing Roe and possibly voting to overturn Roe. KATIE COURIC: So he is a strict constructionist in every since of the word? I know President Bush is looking for a conservative jurist, so he fits the bill in terms of someone who will interpret the Constitution literally and...
  • Roberts the Elder: John Roberts has an understated personality, but his record will be all torpedo

    09/15/2005 7:02:24 AM PDT · by manny613 · 1 replies · 741+ views
    As John Roberts sits down before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, its members will be searching to better understand the man who would become the 17th chief justice of the United States. If history is any guide, they will learn little about who John Roberts is and even less about who John Roberts will become. The problem with confirmation hearings is that, even with a forthcoming nominee, they offer only a snapshot of a jurist before he or she enters the rarified and mind-altering world of the country's highest court.
  • Role models for Roberts

    09/13/2005 11:33:59 AM PDT · by manny613 · 14 replies · 516+ views
    With the formal end of the Rehnquist Court, John Roberts will by definition hearken a new era on the Supreme Court if confirmed as the 17th chief justice of the United States. Before there is a "Roberts Court," however, there must first be a clearly defined Chief Justice Roberts. With the start of his Senate hearings, Roberts is beginning the transformation from a circuit judge to chief justice. In doing so, he might want to consider the models left by 16 great and not-so-great predecessors.
  • Durbin, Again

    08/16/2005 3:06:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,088+ views
    NRO ^ | August 16, 2005 | Stephen Spruiell
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend Version August 16, 2005, 8:24 a.m. Durbin, Again The Illinois Democrat makes another mess for himself. By Stephen Spruiell The story unfolding over George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley's dispute with Sen. Dick Durbin's office over John Robert's religious convictions took a new turn Monday when Charles Hurt of the Washington Times reported on a letter that Turley sent to Durbin's office in an effort to set the record straight. Last month, Turley wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in which he reported on a meeting that took place between...
  • Durbin offered proof of column (Turley's)

    08/15/2005 12:12:08 AM PDT · by Antioch · 14 replies · 1,184+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 15, 2005 | Charles Hurt
    A law professor who used Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin as a source for a column last month about federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. -- a column that Mr. Durbin later disputed -- has a taped phone message that he says proves the accuracy of his reporting.  "The taped message is consistent with my notes as well as my email and telephone communications with editors," George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley wrote in a letter earlier this month to Mr. Durbin. "There was never a question as to the accuracy of the [column]. The only issue ever...
  • Jonathan Turley and The LA Times Make Sensational Charge Against Court Nominee -(Durbin again!)

    07/27/2005 7:04:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 1,191+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JULY 27, 2005 | EDITOR
    Having been named as a source, Durbin's office is denying it all and claiming that Turley's Monday Los Angeles Times column, "The Faith of John Roberts," was apparently based on Turley's one-minute discussion with Durbin in the NBC News make-up room after the Senator had appeared on Sunday's Meet the Press. "Durbin is prone to make controversial comments and even apologize for them," stated AIM editor Cliff Kincaid. "The issue is whether Durbin has backed away from a false charge or whether Turley rushed into print with an erroneous account." Turley's column claimed that Roberts, in a meeting with Durbin,...
  • A planted story gone bad

    07/26/2005 3:09:01 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 39 replies · 1,617+ views
    Power Line ^ | 7/26/05 | Paul Mirengoff
    Yesterday we noted, based on a column by Jonathan Turley, that Senator Durbin appeared to be flirting with the idea of holding John Roberts' deeply held Catholic beliefs against him. Turley reported that, when Roberts met the Senator, Durbin had interrogated Roberts about how he would handle a hypothetical conflict between Catholic principles and the law. The hypothetical is more than a little far-fetched because, to my knowledge, Catholicism doesn't make it a sin to declare bad laws constitutional. Today, according to the Washington Times, Durbin and his staff are denying that the religious interrorgation took place and that the...
  • To Improve the Supreme Court, Let's Expand It

    07/20/2005 8:21:54 AM PDT · by manny613 · 14 replies · 418+ views
    For the past four weeks, Senators and commentators have often used the most apocalyptic terms to describe the potential nomination of a rigid conservative to succeed Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the Supreme Court's perennial swing voter.