Los Angeles Times, November 7, 2011 by Carol J. Williams
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 majority of Republican-appointed justices tends to support law enforcement over privacy protection, and the 9th Circuit, although still dominated by appointees of Democratic presidents, has seen its liberal majority diluted by more moderate nominations by President Clinton and stalwart conservatives named to the court by President George W. Bush, Choper said.
-The Sacramento Bee, November 1, 2011 by Ed Fletcher
The federal lawsuit will hinge on whether the protesters can prove they’re being discriminated against…. “The critical issue was the reason for putting them out,” Choper said. “Was it to suppress the speech or” for other legitimate reasons.
-Rocket Lawyer, November 4, 2011 Hosts Eva Arevuo and Charley Moore ’96
“You do have a right to assemble freely and to petition the government. But no First Amendment right, no free speech right is absolute.”
Fox News, September 27, 2011 by Joshua Rhett Miller
Though Proposition 209 bans awarding admissions decisions based on race and ethnicity alone, S.B. 185 would allow admissions officials to view ethnicity as part of the student’s background as a whole, Jesse Choper, a UC Berkeley law professor told The Daily Californian.
The Daily Californian, September 15, 2011 by Alex Kopel
Though Proposition 209 bans awarding admissions decisions based on race and ethnicity alone, SB 185 would allow admissions officers to view ethnicity as part of the student’s background as a whole, according to Jesse Choper.
Neon Tommy, September 5, 2011 by Paresh Dave
“This court customarily defers to state law,” said Jesse Choper, an expert on federal law at UC Berkeley. “That’s why the 9th Circuit in this case is getting an authoritative decision about whether the proponents of Prop 8 have standing [according to state laws.]”
The Christian Science Monitor, August 16, 2011 by Daniel B. Wood
“This is loaded with legal issues that could go one way in a district court and another in a circuit court, but the US Supreme Court is the only one that can really clarify them definitively,” says Jesse Choper, a constitutional law professor at the Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley. “Both sides will have lots of ways to articulate their cases, and it will be compelling to see where it all leads. This is substantially uncharted territory.”
Al Jazeera, August 13, 2011 by Evan Hill
Jesse Choper, a professor at the Berkeley School of Law and a constitutional law expert, said BART could argue it had acted to preserve public safety rather than halt a protest but that blocking mobile services to entire areas may have obstructed more free speech than was necessary…. “The question is, what less should they have done,” he said. “Would you want them to monitor every call?”
KQED-FM, Forum, July 26, 2011 Host Scott Shafer
“I think the Ninth Circuit’s loss is the California Supreme Court’s gain. I was a strong backer of his for the Ninth Circuit. I thought they made a bad mistake, sharply reflecting on the extremely politically partisan and polarized situation that we have for the judicial nomination process in Congress.”
KGO-TV, July 25, 2011 by Mark Matthews
Choper says the president’s right on the 14th Amendment; it’s not a good legal argument for raising the debt ceiling. And he thinks something else will surely be adopted. “It’s clear that leaders of both parties know that this is a crisis and want to do something about it, so they will, they’ll do something,” Choper said.
KQED-FM, Forum, June 30, 2011 Host Michael Krasny
“It is certainly a court in which the conservatives win more often than the liberals, but not that much more often. And I would say this—Chief Justice John Roberts may have the court named after him, but this is the Justice Anthony Kennedy court…. This year, every five-four decision in which there was a split between the conservative-leaning justices, which includes Justice Kennedy, and the liberal-leaning justices, in a decent percentage of them, Justice Kennedy moved over.