Noah Bookbinder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Judge Nancy Gertner of Harvard Law School discuss McDonnell v. United States.
About the Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the Supreme Court arguments in the McDonnell corruption case and an age-old problem of the separation of powers.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the final case of its current term, deciding if political corruption and “official acts” differ in the conviction of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell.
Friday, April 22nd marks not only the 46th Earth Day, but also is when the United States and China will be formally signing the historic Paris Agreement on climate change that was finalized last year. Earth Day’s purpose is to bring attention to conservation and environmental protection, and the inherently political nature of these goals is underscored this year by the singing of the accords.
Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law and Cristina Rodriguez of Yale Law School discuss the issues and oral arguments in United States v. Texas.