Opinion: Confirming Judge Kavanaugh will do lasting damage

An Open Letter to Senators Moran and Roberts:

As a professor of constitutional law, I normally strive to be nonpartisan and avoid taking positions on Supreme Court nominations. I will make an exception in this case. Each of you recently announced that you will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Please reconsider. Confirming Judge Kavanaugh will do lasting damage to the Supreme Court’s legitimacy as a nonpartisan and impartial arbiter of the law. Without that legitimacy, the Court cannot uphold the rule of law.

University of Kansas law professor explains who may be next if Rosenstein leaves after Trump meeting

As President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepare to meet on Thursday, a University of Kansas law professor goes over what would happen if a vacancy occurs in his position.

“Rod Rosenstein’s position is one that ordinarily requires a nomination by the President and then approval or confirmation by the Senate,” said Richard Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Kansas.

While the job is vacant, someone still has to mind the store, and there is law for that.

Orman’s ballot spot in jeopardy from legal challenge to signatures

Legal experts say independent candidate for governor Greg Orman faces at least a potential threat to lose his spot on the ballot in Kansas’ general election.

An objection filed with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office on Monday targets the signatures Orman gathered for ballot access. The letter was filed on behalf of William Lawrence, the chief of staff for Democratic state Senate leader Anthony Hensley.

Elena Kagan is up to something

So far this term, Justice Elena Kagan has crossed ideological lines at least three times to join the Supreme Court’s conservatives. On June 21, Kagan authored the majority opinion in Lucia v. SEC, a huge case that threatens to erode the political independence of multiple federal agencies. Kagan took the lead in authoring an opinion that prompted a sharp dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who accused her colleague of making legal and factual errors.

President Trump uses ‘explicit power’ in pardon of Arpaio, KU professor says

"A University of Kansas professor said it’s well within the President’s powers to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as he did last week.

'The President is given an explicit power in the Constitution to issue pardons,' said Richard Levy, the J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Kansas. 'The Constitution doesn’t indicate any limits or substantive requirements or procedures. There aren’t any legal avenues to challenge the validity of a pardon.'”

Kansas Secretary Of State: Only Obstacle Voter ID Causes May Be ‘Exerting Calories’

"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) brushed off concerns over a voter photo identification requirement in his state last year, telling a civil rights advisory panel that he didn’t see it as a burden to reach for one’s wallet or purse to get identification.

In 2011, Kansas introduced one of the strictest voter laws in the United States, the Safe And Fair Elections Act, requiring voters to show both photo identification at the polls and proof that they are citizens when they register. Last year, the proof of citizenship requirement was blocked in federal court.


Advocacy group for victims of priest sex abuse is sued over alleged kickbacks

"A former employee of a national victims’ advocacy group is suing the organization, saying she was fired after questioning what she said was evidence that it was accepting kickbacks for referring sex abuse victims to attorneys.

The civil lawsuit, filed Tuesday against the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, alleges that instead of protecting or helping survivors of sexual abuse, the organization neglects and exploits them.


National free speech group says KU is among schools with codes that ‘violate’ the First Amendment; University Senate free speech committee continues meeting

"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, has included the University of Kansas on a list (a rather large list) of public colleges and universities it says have speech codes that violate the First Amendment and student and faculty rights to free speech. 


The committee is continuing to work on its charge, led by Richard Levy, KU’s J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law. He recently checked in with the University Senate Executive Committee for some guidance. 


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