Without a lot of fanfare, the Supreme Court this week resolved an important bankruptcy court question left in the wake of the historic Anna Nicole Smith estate case from 2011, while it left a second big question unresolved.
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This week, the House of Representatives approved a bill to fast track civil lawsuits filed by Congress against President Barack Obama for allegedly abusing his powers. The bill does raise some interesting constitutional questions, but it also faces steep challenges.
Article III of the Constitution identifies the third branch of our separated government, empowering the courts to decide cases and limiting them to the exercise of a certain kind of authority. It establishes the Supreme Court of the United States, and defines the crime of treason, the only crime listed in the Constitution.
It was on this day in 1807 that former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama and charged with treason. The subsequent trial was truly a “Trial of the Century” and one of the first big tests of the Constitution’s Treason clause.
Adam H. Rosenzweig from the Washington University School of Law proposes a different approach to ending the debt ceiling crisis: Let the Supreme Court resolve it as a Constitutional matter.