The opinion, again rejecting a defense under the Speech or Debate Clause, is here
. Rick’s earlier coverage is here
A bipartisan group of congressional leaders filed court papers Tuesday defending the constitutional shield that protects members of Congress and their staff from being forced to provide information about legislative activities.
The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of… Continue reading
Christopher Asta has posted this draft
on SSRN (NYU Law Review). Here is the abstract:
The Speech or Debate Clause of the U.S. Constitution protects legislators from being “questioned” at trial about their legislative acts. This protection shields legislators from… Continue reading
Roll Call reports
So I’ll now be updating a few things in the Legislation chapters of my work in progress, Legislation, Statutory Interpretation, and Election Law: Examples and Explanations. (From alleged to convicted…)
Yesterday, the federal court handling most of the mammoth
Texas redistricting litigation denied
a motion by members of Congress to prevent disclosure of their conversations to the Texas legislators conducting redistricting. Michael Li, who’s been following all of the back… Continue reading
Legal Times has this post
on the one-page order declining to rehear the Speech or Debate Clause case en banc. No dissents, although some predict
a cert grant. You can find Rick’s post on the panel opinion here
Before we get to a cert. grant
in the case against former Rep. Richard Renzi
, there’s the matter of potential en banc proceedings. The bipartisan legal advisory group of the House of Representatives (which reflects the House’s official institutional… Continue reading
. I’m inclined to agree.
UPDATE: Mike Stern too
I have posted the opinion in United States v. Renzi at this link
. There is also an unpublished portion of the opinion (which I have not seen), reinstating the racketeering act dismissed by the district court.
Here is the… Continue reading