Lyle Denniston looks at an issue that California is debating: If noncitizens are considered “persons” under the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of legal equality, should they have the right to serve on juries?
Lyle Denniston looks at Tuesday’s arguments in the McCutcheon case and if there were signs the Court may act in a revolutionary way in setting campaign finance restrictions.
Lyle Denniston explains how a New Jersey judge’s decision provides a potential legal template for other courts in other states to decide marriage-equality questions.
Lyle Denniston looks at the question of a constitutional obligation to avoid a partial federal government shutdown, and how James Madison would view the situation
Today’s Constitution-maker is a member of the California state legislature who led the effort to win passage of a bill to extend jury service to non-citizens who have a permanent legal right to live in the United States.