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Archive of entries posted on March 2011

More on the Clemens Subpoena

As promised in my last post, I want to follow up on the Speech or Debate argument made by COGR in support of its motion to quash the Clemens subpoena. At first blush, there would not seem to be much to discuss.  There is little question that the type of oversight and investigative committee records [...]

Roger Clemens, Congressional Privilege, and the Right to a Fair Trial

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (COGR) has moved to quash the Clemens subpoena on the grounds that the investigative documents sought are protected by Speech or Debate.  I will discuss COGR’s substantive Speech or Debate argument in a future post; for now I want to focus on the relationship between the Speech or Debate privilege and [...]

Somin and Whelan on Defending DOMA

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Federalist Society sponsored a debate on the Hill regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the President’s duty to defend federal statutes.  Generally speaking, the participants, (Ilya Somin, Ed Whelan and moderator Neomi Rao) were in agreement that the President may properly refuse to defend an unconstitutional statute under [...]

And You Thought No One Read Point of Order

By letter of March 11, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform corrected its prior notice to reflect that the subpoena it received was in a criminal, not a civil, case.  One mystery solved. Tweet

The Honorable Charles Clark

Charles Clark was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on October 7, 1969, and he was confirmed eight days later.  Such a speedy confirmation would be unthinkable today, although legend has it that Senator Eastland helped the process along by scheduling the vote when potential opponents were otherwise occupied.  The [...]

House Subpoena Notices

As we have previously discussed, House Rule VIII requires that upon being properly served with a subpoena relating to the official functions of the House, a member, officer or employee shall “promptly notify the Speaker of its receipt in writing” and “[s]uch notification shall promptly be laid before the House by the Speaker.”  On February [...]

Dellinger and Eastman on Defending DOMA

I just finished listening to an interesting Federalist Society debate between Professors Walter Dellinger and John Eastman relating to the Obama Administration’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Two takeaways stand out.  First, in response to my question, Dellinger acknowledged that the decision could not be justified on the grounds that there [...]

Wisconsin and the Meaning of the Arrest Clause

The Wisconsin Senate has passed a resolution that requires the majority leader to “issue an order to the sergeant at arms that he take any and all necessary steps, with or without force, and with or without the assistance of law enforcement officers by warrant or other legal process as he may deem necessary in [...]