Faculty in the News

Ohio State law professors are sought out for their expertise by a number of news media outlets and blogs with large audiences. Topics range from the death penalty to voter ID laws to artificial insemination – and our faculty members’ quotes and analysis can be found everywhere from small-town and national newspapers to radio broadcasts to cable news programs. The following is a selection of media coverage for Moritz College of Law faculty.

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Recent Media Coverage

Kavanaugh racks up record of dissenting opinions in major federal cases

August 19, 2018

Featured Expert: Christopher J. Walker

Professor Chris Walker was quoted in The Washington Times about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. 

 

“Judge Kavanaugh is someone who is going to rein in the administrative state,” Walker said. “Judge Kavanaugh’s jurisprudence is motivated by separation of powers.”



What happens if Mueller decides to subpoena President Trump?

August 16, 2018

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was quoted in ABC News about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump administration and whether it would be strategic for Mueller to issue a subpoena on the president. 

 

“I would say, yes. Because the evidence that the president could give would be, in my judgment, directly relevant to the plausibility of charges that involve not only the president but other people involved in his campaign, including family members," Shane said. "And I think that as a prosecutor and former FBI director that Mueller believes in dotting as many I's and crossing as many T's as possible. I don't think he would want to leave this particular stone unturned.”



Law Prof Denies Claims Kavanaugh Will Destroy Federal Bureaucracy

August 14, 2018

Featured Expert: Christopher J. Walker

Professor Chris Walker was quoted in LifeZette about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

 

 

“My bottom line is that, if you were hoping for a deconstruction of the administrative state, as Steve Bannon said during the campaign, you’re going to be disappointed,” Walker said at a panel discussion hosted by The Heritage Foundation. “Judge Kavanaugh is someone who cares deeply about administrative law and regulatory practice. I think some of the claims we’re seeing is a little bit fun.”



Manafort defense rests without calling witnesses

August 14, 2018

Featured Expert: Joshua Dressler

Professor Joshua Dressler was quoted in The Hill about the trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager. Attorneys for Manafort rested their case without calling any witnesses. 

 

“It’s a high-risk strategy,” Dressler said. “I think at this point the defense’s goal or hope has to be that a combination of their cross examination of Gates plus a powerful closing argument can create reasonable doubt in the mind of at least one juror to get a hung jury.”



Separation of Powers, Rule of Law Will Guide Kavanaugh's Decisions, Legal Experts Say

August 14, 2018

Featured Expert: Christopher J. Walker

Professor Chris Walker was quoted in The Daily Signal about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. 

 

“In a Justice Kavanaugh, you are going to see someone motivated by separation of powers … that is going to hold agencies accountable to what Congress has told them what they can and can’t do,” Walker said.



Judge's criticism of Mueller prosecutors may alter Manafort trial outcome, experts say

August 9, 2018

Featured Expert: Joshua Dressler

Professor Joshua Dressler was quoted in The Washington Times about Judge T.S. Ellis III, who has been especially critical of prosecutors in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. 

 

“I see no way that Judge Ellis‘ responses will not have an impact,” Dressler said. “Judges are generally looked to with respect by jurors, so a judge’s reactions become of exaggerated importance. One would have to look at what has happened by Judge Ellis as benefiting the defense, but the extent of it can only remain to be seen.”



This is why US election ballots routinely go missing

August 9, 2018

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in USA Today about the prevalence of missing election ballots.

 

"Most of the time, it just goes unreported because it doesn't affect the result," Tokaji said. 



When a Parent's Beliefs About Medicine Become Child Abuse

August 8, 2018

Featured Expert: Efthimios Parasidis

Prof. Efthimios Parasidis was quoted in Healthline about religious exemptions to medical care and religious-based medical neglect. 

 

“The U.S. values religious freedom to the point where states are willing to grant parents the right to refuse even life-saving medical treatments for their children if the parents can show that there’s a religious tenet that would be violated by administering the treatment,” Parasidis said. 



Results in the 12th Congressional District race in flux with narrow margin

August 8, 2018

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in WSYX ABC 6 about the 12th Congressional District special election.

 

“I think the 12th district election got a lot of attention because it is seen as a bellwether for what is happening in November,” Tokaji said.



Five things to know about Manafort's first week in court

August 4, 2018

Featured Expert: Joshua Dressler

Professor Joshua Dressler was quoted in The Hill about the criminal trial against Paul Manafort, a former campaign chairman for the Trump administration, and whether or not he will testify. 

 

“From a distance, there’s a sense of arrogance on his part that might not go over well with a jury,” Dressler said. “I think what the defense has to decide is how well the case, in their view, has gone before they get to this crucial decision.”