Christopher Kutz

Funding the resistance

Christopher Kutz writes for Boston Review, Feb. 3, 2017

Career civil servants, unlike political appointees, are supposed to implement the policies of a new administration, regardless of their personal political values. But the Trump administration is presenting many workers with job conditions they never imagined when they entered government service: doing their jobs may mean subverting the fundamental aims and values that brought them into public service in the first place.

Trump vowed to protect the Constitution–but law scholars say he’s already violating it

Christopher Kutz quoted by Mic, Jan. 20, 2017

They all agreed that the plan is more style than substance, given the fact that Trump will ultimately retain ownership of his company — and even joked that he will fire his sons if they do a bad job. “[The plan] is not meaningful at all,” said University of California at Berkeley School of Law Professor Christopher Kutz.

Democrats voice concerns over Trump’s attorney general selection

Christopher Kutz quoted by Fox 2 KTVU, Nov. 18, 2016

U.C. Berkeley School of Law Professor Christopher Kutz says if Sessions is confirmed, there could be a 180-degree change in the Justice Department’s position on many key issues. “The Attorney General’s views on what the law permits the President to do by way of policy and what the law requires the President to do by way of policy are crucial to policy-making across a whole range of areas,” Kutz said.

Phone makers could cut off drivers. So why don’t they?

Christopher Kutz quoted by The New York Times, Sept. 24, 2016

By not putting the technology in place, Apple has “failed in their social responsibility,” said Christopher Kutz … who specializes in the moral and legal principles of liability. “They should’ve done it, and even done it at a market risk.”

Phone makers could cut off drivers. So why don’t they?

Christopher Kutz quoted by The New York Times, Sept. 24, 2016

By not putting the technology in place, Apple has “failed in their social responsibility,” said Christopher Kutz … who specializes in the moral and legal principles of liability. “They should’ve done it, and even done it at a market risk.”

San Bernardino, Paris attacks revive post-9/11 fears

Christopher Kutz interviewed by San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 5, 2015

If the San Bernardino shooters are found to have terrorist ties, their possible local links should be investigated, too, said UC Berkeley Professor of Law Chris Kutz. … “But it should be done extremely carefully and with sensitivity with respect to the rights of the American Muslim community,” Kutz said.

The Stop

Christopher Kutz op-ed cited in Life of the Law, Oct. 6, 2015

Kutz took data from the U.S. Justice Department and crunched the numbers. He says police in the U.S. make about three times more stops than officers in Spain, France, or England. And yet, the United States has almost double the number of fatal car crashes, meaning the roads in the U.S. aren’t any safer.

For a safer America, curtail traffic stops

Christopher Kutz writes for Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2015

“Curtailing traffic stops wouldn’t solve the problem of police violence against blacks and Latinos, but it would reduce exposure to ‘driving while black’ harassment and the collateral harms of the legal process. … And all citizens could enjoy more freedom from overzealous and unproductive policing.”

The ‘pay-to-play’ law that snagged California State Senator Leland Yee

Christopher Kutz quoted in The San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 2014

The law draws a distinction, Kutz said, between the typical politician-contributor relationship—donors give money to office-seekers who generally share their views—and a promise of specific favors in exchange for funds. “The test is whether the relationship between the contributor and the server (in office) becomes too much of an explicit transaction,” he said.