In the Constitution, there is a fundamental tension between the decision-making authority of the majority, and the protections granted to the minority. We take a closer look the assertion that the government shutdown is a sign of a functioning democracy. Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, explores the tension of the American democratic process between minority and majority.
This morning, the Supreme Court announced opinions on a few key cases, including:
We discuss the rulings and the impact with University of Chicago's Geoffrey Stone.
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice revealed that it had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors over the course of two months in 2012. Many in the media were not pleased at what the AP called an "unprecedented intrusion." Brooke talks with University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone who says, unprecedented or not, the DOJ's actions were certainly legal.
Geoffrey Stone, professor at the University of Chicago Law School, dissects the arguments before the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 referendum, which affirmed that gay marriage would not be recognized in California.
Geoffrey Stone thinks Kennedy's "real view" is SSM=constitutional. But he's "tempered" to not go too far in ruling. wny.cc/Zw2eXa— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 27, 2013
Late last month, Bradley Manning pled guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him for leaking a trove of information to WikiLeaks. He did not plead guilty to 'aiding the enemy,' a capital offense. Brooke talks to University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone about the validity of the 'aiding the enemy' charge.
Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, takes a closer look at the actual document behind the Republican plan to read the constitution on the floor of the house.