Tag: judicial independence

Scales of justice (Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP / Getty)

First Obama, Now Trump: Can an Independent Judiciary Survive?

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump reassured many doubting conservatives when he released his list of possible Supreme Court nominations earlier this month. But his latest attack on Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel — the federal judge presiding in the Trump University case — raise doubts about his commitment to judicial independence.

Obama’s 6-Year Assault on the Courts

As a candidate for President of the United States, Barack Obama promised to restore balance to the Constitution, after what many argued was a period of executive overreach, infringing on civil liberties and the balance of powers. When he launched his campaign, he even referred to his past career as a “civil rights lawyer,” and a constitutional law teacher. Once in office, however, Obama expanded executive powers even further, and led a 6-year assault on judicial independence.