Erwin Chemerinsky

Supreme Court shields a police officer from being sued for shooting a woman in her front yard

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2018

Erwin Chemerinsky … said Monday’s decision is part of a trend. “In case after case involving excessive police force, the Supreme Court is finding for the police and keeping juries from ever being able to decide if the police acted impermissibly. This contributes significantly to the difficulties in holding police accountable,” he said.

Remembering Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the Ninth Circuit’s ‘liberal lion,’ and my friend

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Sacramento Bee, March 30, 2018

He was a judge whose opinions consistently protected civil rights and civil liberties; he usually favored the individual over the government and the government over business. More subtly and more importantly, it was a judicial philosophy based on the view that the Constitution embodies a profound respect for human dignity and that its meaning evolves through interpretation.

Why police so rarely get charged for killing unarmed black men like Stephon Clark

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Sacramento Bee, March 27, 2018

In case after case, the court has said that police officers cannot be held liable for the use of excessive force because they did not engage in behavior that “every” reasonable officer would believe to be unconstitutional. All of this contributes to the problem of police violence. So much needs to be done so the list of victims does not continue to grow.

If it wasn’t related to abortion, California’s FACT Act would easily be upheld by the Supreme Court

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2018

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in the case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates vs. Becerra, which challenges a California law requiring reproductive healthcare facilities to inform women of state programs that might assist them. It should be an easy issue to decide — in favor of the California law — but it is not because it arises in the context of abortion.