Jul 14

The difference between “not guilty” and “innocent”

Posted 2 years, 9 months ago.


As a country, we have long argued over constitutional safeguards for criminal defendants, and we will continue to do so long after Casey Anthony is forgotten.

Jul 7

Lyle’s look back: Supreme Court term in review

Posted 2 years, 9 months ago.


Veteran Supreme Court correspondent Lyle Denniston—the Center’s new Advisor on Constitutional Literacy and blog contributor—presented a colorful insider’s perspective on the Supreme Court’s recently concluded term to a capacity crowd.

Jan 13

The Last Time Filibusters Threatened A Constitutional Meltdown

Posted 3 years, 3 months ago.


By Lyle Denniston The Republicans’ frustration with Democratic filibusters of Bush nominees to appeals courts reached a new level in May 2005. The Republican Senate leaders announced that, if the filibusters continued, they would attempt a drastic procedure – one that soon would be called the “nuclear option” for its capacity to destroy the capacity… [Continue Reading]

Mar 30

Featured Guest Blogger: Lyle Denniston

Posted 4 years, 0 months ago.


Of “Standing” and “Injury” and Something Called “Ashwander Doctrine”Peering Through the Looking-glass at the Constitutional Challenges to “Obama-care” When Americans join in a hearty fight over a major public policy, they usually prove that Alexis de Toqueville was right. The shrewd French observer of life in America wrote in 1831: “Scarcely any political question arises… [Continue Reading]