“[It is] technically possible, but the legal and practical challenges in winning such an obstruction case would be great,” Simmons said. “A prosecutor would have to prove that the president believed there was a collusion case ‘contemplated’ against him even when he did not engage in collusion. That is theoretically possible, but hard to prove to a jury.”
“The implications for Trump are twofold: First, should Congress find that presidential corruption has so undermined the legitimacy of the incumbent as to warrant impeachment, the non-criminality of his corruption would not be a constitutional defense,” Shane writes. “Second, should Congress deem the president guilty of criminal obstruction of justice, it would likewise be irrelevant that the Department of Justice had decided not to bring charges.”
“Whether you can tell me the answer quickly has nothing to do with whether you, in fact, know the content,” Colker said. “And there are some people who, for whatever reason, are pretty quick at things. They don’t necessarily have more depth of knowledge, and depth of knowledge [is] what we should care about for admissions purposes.”
“The Department of Justice must decide whether or not to prosecute a person for a federal crime, and for a case and potential defendant who is this high-profile, the decision had to be made at the highest level,” Simmons said.
“In general, ideologically conservative judges aren’t sympathetic to the idea that courts should get involved—they think it’s a political question,” Tokaji said.
“Stringently timed, high-stake tests have an adverse impact against racial minorities, women, those with low socio-economic status, non-native speakers of English, older applicants, and people with disabilities,” Colker writes. “Of course, that adverse impact is further exacerbated when the ultra-wealthy cheat to inflate their children’s scores.”
“We are all individuals living in a community and we have the freedom to choose badly,” Parasidis said. “Is it the state’s role to say you have made a bad choice?”
“The asterisk is that these investigations have very different purposes and very different constitutional roots,” Shane said.
“For the prosecutors that work for Mosby, this may be a way to empower them, or at least free them up to work on other matters that they think are much more important,” Berman said. “It may be exactly the flip for the police force. The rank-and-file police may think it’s important to be able to do further investigation based on some suspicion of marijuana activity.”
“After reading the ethnic intimidation statute in conjunction with the disorderly conduct section … I’m troubled,” Tokaji said.
“It seems to be that nicotine exposure in kids is linked to development in mood disorders, attention disorders, other drug-seeking behaviors,” Berman said.
“There’s a lot more that the FDA could do, and I think the exception for menthol is problematic,” Berman said.