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Yale and Harvard Law Deans Pull No Punches in Op-Ed on Trump

, The National Law Journal

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Robert Post and Martha Minow have joined the growing chorus of lawyers publicly condemning President Donald Trump's attacks on the judiciary.

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  • Karen - Fort Worth, TX

    David, your opening sentence is broad to the point of ridiculous...in my opinion...which, thankfully, I am still able to voice.

  • David -- Rice University

    A dishonest judiciary or a dishonest press must be criticized and exposed for what they are if our democracy is to survive. It is precisely the kind of compliant non-thinking support that these two politically motivated law deans pander that allow tyrants to rise ... Obama can‘t be criticized because it‘s racism to do so, the press can‘t be criticized even as they spew left-wing propaganda, and the obviously political motivated judges can‘t be criticized when furthering their own agenda. Wow ... where was your outrage over Obama inserting himself into numerous criminal investigations, his open hostility to SCOTUS, and his support for ignoring the rule of law regarding immigration? And much more! Both of you are hypocrites!

  • John

    Where was the outrage by these two Deans of "respected law schools" following Obama‘s attack on SCOTUS during the 2010 State of the Union address over its Citizens United decision. It‘s only qualitatively different. Obama lashed SCOTUS in front of all of Congress plus a live television audience. be/8v-rJb8G15I

  • Barnum

    Jim, Are you willing to indict Madonna for encouraging violence against Trump? If someone made death threats against a judge, that‘s a felony. Trump didn‘t.

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  • Jim

    The problem is not that he disagreed with their decisions but that he attacked the federal judges personally to the point that they are now receiving death threats. That is a direct attack on a co-equal branch of government under the Constitution.

  • Barnum

    Where was their outrage when Obama attacked the conservative Supreme Court justices about Citizens United in front of a friendly Congress and the American public? While Trump, as usual, could have expressed himself in a more dignified manner, there is nothing wrong with sharply criticizing a decision that is at best, controversial and has a good chance of being overruled. (I happen to agree with Trump that the decision has more to do with politics than an impartial reading of the law.) Federal judges are insulated from direct political pressure by virtue of their lifetime tenure. There is nothing in Constitution that says they should be immune from criticism by members of the other branches of government or anyone else. If they are so demoralized by a hostile reaction that they cannot do their job, they can resign.

  • John P. Hurabiell

    Leftwing hacks, such as these two academics, are undeserving of the bully pulpit. The left is in all out attack mode. Where were Minow and Post when Obama was wiping his posterior with the Constitution? I am angered by this selective outrage.

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