Blog Profile / Slate: Dahlia Lithwick

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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Amicus: Clarence Thomas Is Colorblind

Listen to Episode 69 of Slate’s Amicus: This week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that caught some court-watchers off guard. It ruled that North Carolina lawmakers had violated the Constitution by using race as a proxy for divvying up voters along partisan lines. Show More Summary

Is Donald Trump Too Incapacitated to Be President?

Ever since Donald Trump landed in the Oval Office, millions of us have been obsessing on how to get him out. For many, the question has been not just if, but how and how soon. Will impeachment happen? Could Trump simply admit defeatShow More Summary

Amicus: Animus Amicus

Listen to Episode 68 of Slate’s Amicus: In the wake of the unceremonious termination of FBI Director James Comey this week, one previously unfamiliar name has dominated the news cycle: Rod J. Rosenstein. The former federal prosecutor became the U.S. Show More Summary

Lawyers to the Rescue!

There is a lingering question about whether the executive order on religious freedom Donald Trump signed in the Rose Garden on Thursday—which had been seen as a possible threat to the LGBTQ community but ultimately spared them for now—did something, nothing, or less than nothing. Show More Summary

Amicus: The Myth of the Neutral Expert

Listen to Episode 67 of Slate’s Amicus: The Supreme Court has slowed Arkansas’ unprecedented rush to execute eight men in 11 days, pending a decision in McWilliams v. Dunn. At issue in the case is whether James McWilliams, an indigent...Show More Summary

Reality Check

The Alex Jones custody case unspooling last week and this week in Austin, Texas, is many things. It is a spectacle, a human tragedy, and an hourly reminder that America is mostly goddamn horrifying. What it is not—with all due respect...Show More Summary

Arkansas Should Not Be Allowed to Execute Prisoners for the Sake of Convenience

This week’s fast-track execution spree in Arkansas has a little something for everyone who harbors lingering doubts about the way we administer the death penalty: Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s initial pledge to execute eight men in 10 days raised virtually every issue that makes capital punishment as currently practiced worrisome. Show More Summary

Neil Gorsuch’s First Big Test

In his first week on the Supreme Court, newly sworn-in Justice Neil Gorsuch—an avowed defender of religious freedom—will hear oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. The important religious liberty case asks whether the First Amendment’s...Show More Summary

Amicus: Playground of Liberty

Listen to Episode 66 of Slate’s Amicus: Newly sworn-in Justice Neil Gorsuch gets his first chance to make his mark on the court at this week’s oral arguments for Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. The important case asks whether the First Amendment’s Free Exercise clause compels the state of Missouri to provide public grant money directly to a church. Show More Summary

Jared and Ivanka Are Not Good People. They Are Enablers.

“If being complicit is wanting to... be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.” Ivanka Trump sees herself as a force for good. She sees her role in her father’s White House as a formal-yet-informal ambassador for generalized human kindness. Show More Summary

There Will Never Be a “Mainstream” Supreme Court Justice

Late Friday morning, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by a vote of 54–45. Gorsuch, who will take his seat in time to hear the final cases of the 2016 term, is the first justice to make his way to the court in the post–nuclear...Show More Summary

Merrick Garland Isn’t the Only Reason the Democrats Should Filibuster Gorsuch

At first, the story seemed grossly hyperbolic: Two Democratic women of color in the Senate were claiming that Judge Neil Gorsuch had rebuffed their efforts to meet with him, the Huffington Post reported late last week. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Sen. Show More Summary

Amicus: When Prosecutors Keep Mum

Listen to Episode 65 of Slate’s Amicus: In 1985, eight men were convicted of the grisly murder of a Washington, D.C., woman. After spending decades in prison, they learned from an article in the Washington Post that prosecutors had withheld evidence that could have exculpated them. Show More Summary

With Stunning Moral Clarity, Wallace Global Fund Fires Firm That Endorsed Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy

Every once in a while, amid the legal and ethical sham of the Trump presidency, the grownups do show up to assert themselves. And each time they do, the world briefly makes sense again. This week, the grown up is H. Scott Wallace, co-chair...Show More Summary

“Donald Trump Is a Narcissistic Maniac”

The Virginia gubernatorial race, which will take place this coming fall, will be one of the nation’s first big post–Donald Trump political contests. (New Jersey will also elect a governor this year.) Democrats in the state will pickShow More Summary

Amicus: Gorsuch Grins, Says Nothing

Listen to Episode 64 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. This week, the Senate held four days of hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Show More Summary

The Democrats Must Filibuster Neil Gorsuch

After four days of marathon hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that Democrats will filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Under current Senate...Show More Summary

How Dare You Question Our Precious Nominee?

It is an article of faith among Senate Republicans that everything liberals do is just goddamn awful, from the unelected left-wing justices who “legislate from the bench” to the blocking of Robert Bork in 1987 to the lame cries for equal treatment of everyone under the law. Show More Summary

The Case Against Neil Gorsuch

Senate Democrats are having a tricky time finding a solid toehold in their resistance to Judge Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch, the Supreme Court nominee whose hearings start Monday, is well-liked and—at least by Republican jurisprudential standards—well-qualified. Show More Summary

Amicus: Why It’s Worth Opposing Gorsuch

Listen to Episode 63 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. After a successful blockade of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, the GOP-led Senate will convene hearings next week on President Trump’s pick for the court’s year-old vacancy. Show More Summary

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