What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law

27 Episodes

Professor Elizabeth Joh teaches Intro to Constitutional Law and most of the time this is a pretty straight forward job. But with Trump in office, everything has changed. Five minutes before class Professor Joh checks Twitter to find out what the 45th President has said and how it jibes with 200 year…

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26- Roe

August 16th, 2018


Trump has a second Supreme Court pick and that has a lot of people wondering about the future of Roe v. Wade. Here we look at the constitutional basis of the decision and the strange personal history of Roe.

25- Justice Kennedy

July 6th, 2018


Justice Kennedy decided to retire at the end of this Supreme Court term. Kennedy has been the swing vote on a lot of important cases. He’s mostly considered a conservative, but he has voted with the more progressive j…

24- Taking the Fifth

June 29th, 2018


Trump has said the taking the fifth makes "you look guilty as hell" but lot of Trump's associates are now taking the fifth in the Russia investigation. How should we interpret people taking the fifth?

23- President Twitter and the First Amendment

June 9th, 2018


Can Trump block people on Twitter? It turns out, the First Amendment has something to say about that.

22- Posse Comitatus

May 22nd, 2018


The Posse Comitatus Act limits the federal government’s ability to use the military to enforce domestic policy within the United States. However, this act has so many allowable exceptions, it has rarely been officiall…

21- Attorney Client Privilege

April 27th, 2018


When the office of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was raided by the FBI, Trump took twitter to express his concern. He wrote “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” Let’s see if it is.

20- Deadly Force

March 15th, 2018


The Fourth Amendment includes the right to be secure from “unreasonable searches and seizure.” We have some idea of how this applies to cops, but if teachers are allowed to carry guns in school, are they also subject …

19- The Poisonous Tree

February 23rd, 2018


The Russia investigation has been called a "witch hunt" by Trump and his supporters on Twitter. And they've invoked the legal concept "the fruit of the poisonous tree" to invalidate the investigation. What does the Fo…

18- The Tenth Amendment

February 9th, 2018


The Tenth Amendment limits the federal government’s control over the states, but the interpretation of that limit is always shifting.

17- The 4th Amendment and the Border

January 25th, 2018


The Fourth Amendment says that “The right of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable c…

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