Elisabeth Semel quoted by Associated Press, June 6, 2017
With a backlog of 380 death penalty appeals, there’s concern judges would be overwhelmed trying to speed through appeals, said Elisabeth Semel. … “There’s an enormous ripple effect to that,” said Semel, who directs the school’s death penalty clinic. “The attention the justices can pay to each individual case is significantly diminished. When you’re talking about life and death, that’s important.”
Elisabeth Semel quoted by Capital Public Radio, June 6, 2017
“Because of the insistence under this initiative that cases be decided on what can only be called a about many other important cases.”
Elisabeth Semel quoted by The Mercury News, June 5, 2017
Today, Semel said, the average appeal spans 15 years. To resolve the cases three times as quickly, she said, will likely mean more mistakes as each case receives less attention and offenders are represented by attorneys with limited experience in capital cases. “Where is the critical mass of lawyers going to come from to do this work in an expedited time frame, and who is going to pay for it?” she asked.
Jill Adams quoted by Mother Jones, May/June 2017
“In the new political reality of 2017,” Adams says, “we could foresee an emboldened anti-choice movement that places women who end their own pregnancies in the bull’s-eye.”
Fred Smith Jr. quoted by The New York Times, May 26, 2017
“There are a few people who have been very effective in branding the left at shutting down free speech, but the moment they are confronted with leftist speech they don’t like, they are equally outraged and poised to suppress that speech,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the answer for either side.”
John Yoo quoted by Washington Examiner, May 26, 2017
“The Fourth Circuit clearly says that the executive order is legal on its face because of its invocation of national security reasons. But the court refuses to apply the traditional deference to the president and Congress in immigration affairs because of Trump’s statements both as a candidate and as president that — it claims — reveal he is acting in bad faith.”
Roxanna Altholz quoted by Courthouse News Service, May 18, 2017
Roxanna Altholz, the family’s attorney and associate director of the UC Berkeley Law School’s Human Rights Law Clinic, said the case will test if the U.S. government will cooperate and respond to the petition. She said the Obama administration “had a policy of robust and constructive engagement” in responding to other cases filed with the commission, but whether the Trump administration will take the same approach remains unclear.
William Fernholz writes for The Hill, May 17, 2017
Put aside the existing law, which could be read to favor either party. Put aside also, for a moment, the substance of President Trump’s comments, which have been well-reported. Both sides face a similar underlying problem: their positions, taken to an extreme, could lead to drastic problems for our nation.
John Yoo co-writes for The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 2017
Critics who believe Trump is violating the limits of presidential power should not turn outside the Constitution itself for the answer. Instead, Republicans and Democrats should pause, take a deep breath, and let the Constitution work. The institutions designed by our Founders will survive Trump, as they did the presidents before.
John Yoo cited by The Spectrum, May 12, 2017
“A basic tenet of constitutional law is that no president can bind future presidents in the use of their constitutional authorities,” Yoo said.