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Loyola faculty members pride themselves on being accessible to the media and part of the public discourse on news of legal significance. Visit Loyola's Summary Judgments faculty blog to read faculty opinions on current legal issues. Highlights of recent media appearances and quotations include:

January 2018

 

KPCC – 01.31.18

LA SHERIFF'S CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT PANEL GETS MIXED REVIEWS

But members of the civilian panel should get access to proposed policies so that it can weigh in, said Loyola Law School Professor Priscilla Ocen, who sits on the commission…"We need something to change," she said. "Either the sheriff needs to be more forthcoming with the information or we need to restructure the authority the civilian oversight commission has."


Los Angeles Times – 01.31.18

HE WORKED AT A WATER DISTRICT FOR JUST SEVEN DAYS. BUT IT ENDED UP COSTING $1.5 MILLION

"These sorts of sweetheart positions for people who have proven they cannot be trusted happen more on the local level," said Jessica Levinson, an L.A. city ethics commissioner and Loyola Law School professor. "The appointer will think they can get away with it."


CNN International – 01.31.18

RUSSIA CONNECTION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the FBI’s concerns surrounding the release of Nunes memo.


My News LA – 01.30.18

TWO LA LAW PROFESSORS GET INVOLVED IN ‘FEUD: FX AND OLIVIA DE HAVILAND (also featured in Highlight Hollywood)

One of the briefs submitted to the 2nd District Court of Appeal was co- authored by law professors Jennifer Rothman of Loyola Law School and Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law. They say the 2017 decision by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig allowing the suit’s right-of-publicity claim to proceed must be overturned.


Glamour – 01.30.18

FOR WOMEN IN CONGRESS, THE STATE OF THE UNION IS A #METOO MOMENT

Making that link—and making it last—won’t be easy, according to Jessica Levinson, a political observer and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “The people who are watching the State of the Union are already politically engaged and they already have a view on this issue, they’re already Democrats or Republicans,” she says. “The statements will do what so many things do in American politics today, which is, it will solidify what people already think. It will give more fodder to people on either side.”


KCRW – 01.29.18

KOCH BROTHERS PLAN TO SPEND $400 MILLION ON 2018 ELECTIONS

Loyola Law School, Los Angele Professor Jessica Levinson discusses Republican donors Charles and David Koch’s campaign financing plans for the midterm races. Excerpt: “They describe this $400 million as an ‘investment.’ And I think that’s exactly what it is. People spend money on elections because they think it can make a difference.”


CNN – 01.27.18

CITIZENSHIP QUESTION: POLITICAL POWER SHIFT?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Justin Levitt explains how a question on citizenship could impact the census. Excerpt: The concern, particularly, in this climate, asking additional questions about citizenship could cause people to not to respond to the census. And that could cause a serious undercount and make the census less accurate.”


Politico – 01.26.18

TRUMP TRIED TO FIRE MUELLER. SO WHAT?

“To prove obstruction of justice, Mueller must still prove corrupt intent,” says Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson.


Daily Mail – 01.26.18

'SHE TURNED IT INTO A STUNT': BACKLASH BEGINS AGAINST JUDGE, WHO WON LEGIONS OF FANS FOR HER HANDLING OF THE LARRY NASSAR CASE, AS CRITICS SLAM HER FLAMBOYANT STYLE AND BIZARRE CALLS FOR DOCTOR TO BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HIMSELF AS PUNISHMENT

'Would you really sentence somebody to be subjected to sexual abuse?' Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School, said to ABC News. 'I think judges have to be really careful about the words that they use.'


CrimProf Blog – 01.25.18

MILLER ON POLICING ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Eric Miller’s article “Policing on Behalf of the Community” is featured.


Vox – 01.25.18

3 POTENTIAL PROBLEMS FOR AN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CASE AGAINST TRUMP

“This is not yet the type of case we’d ordinarily see an [obstruction of justice] indictment come out of,” Laurie Levenson, a former prosecutor and law professor at Loyola University, told me.


The Sacramento Bee – 01.25.18

IF YOU DON’T VOTE IN CALIFORNIA, WILL THEY TAKE YOU OFF THE ROLLS?

Justin Levitt, professor of law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, said that decision shows that the outcome of the Ohio case would not likely affect the system in California.


FiveThirtyEight – 01.25.18

HATING GERRYMANDERING IS EASY. FIXING IT IS HARDER

According to Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt’s research, 18 states have some requirement that districts be “compact.” But few states define compactness, and over the years, political scientists and mathematicians have proposed almost 100 different quantitative compactness measures, many of which conflict with one another.


ABC News – 01.25.18

LEGAL EXPERTS DISCUSS JUDGE'S COMMENTS IN GYMNASTICS DOCTOR LARRY NASSAR'S SENTENCING

Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School, said that it made a "huge" difference that her expressive statements were made during the sentencing… "I think what we are hearing is people being surprised by the words the court used because they were much more expressive than we hear from other judges," Levenson said. "It doesn't mean she didn't do her job."


Alternet – 01.25.18

THE GOP HAS A STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA'S ELECTION MAP THAT WILL GO ON FOR YEARS

“The actual marginal partisan seat gain/loss isn't the frame I'd choose to describe what's going on (though I certainly understand why it's a frame others adopt),” Justin Levitt, an election law and redistricting expert at Loyola Law School, wrote in an email.


KPCC-FM – 01.24.18

SHOULD THE LAPD ENFORCE METRO'S CONDUCT CODE?

Eric Miller, a Loyola Law School professor and expert on policing, said ramping up enforcement of non-criminal behaviors like code of conduct violations, can have negative effects..."It increases tensions with the community because it requires the police to interfere for things that they consider completely minor," Miller said. "It can be alienating. You feel picked upon. It's prone to becoming adversarial quickly."


The Washington Post – 01.24.18

WHY DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT THE CENSUS REQUESTING CITIZENSHIP INFO

Redistricting whiz Justin Levitt makes the very valid point that, in one way, including citizenship on the Census could actually hurt the GOP. He notes that if non-citizens decline to respond, it could lead to under-counts in some GOP-controlled states that are in line to gain seats in the new Census.


NBC News – 01.24.18

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS CAN ENABLE ABUSERS. SHOULD WE GET RID OF NDAS FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT? (also featured on EuroNews)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson questions to the effectiveness of getting rid of NDAs and explores alternatives. Excerpt: But should we, as several people have argued, simply get rid of NDAs? Not exactly. There are some serious concerns we need to address before writing off all non-disclosure agreements about sexual harassment or assault (or other issues) as unenforceable.


KPCC-FM – 01.24.18

HOW AN ARIZONA CASE COULD CHANGE CALIFORNIA DEATH PENALTY LAWS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson examines how convicted double murderer Abel Hidalgo’s challenge in Arizona could lead to changes to California’s death penalty legislation


The Cannabist – 01.24.18

TIMING OF CANNABIS COMPANY’S DONATION TO CALIFORNIA COUNCILWOMAN RAISES QUESTIONS

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and an election law expert, said the timing of Bershatski’s contribution was questionable, but not necessarily illegal…“It looks like a bribe, but that doesn’t mean it is a bribe,” Levinson said. “Money follows decisions, but it doesn’t look to me like anything illegal happened.”


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 01.23.18

REPUBLICANS ASK STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES TO RECONSIDER GERRYMANDER RULING

Justin Levitt, a professor and associate dean at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said those principles are guidance enough for lawmakers to create an interim map for 2018… “The Supreme Court did not leave it context-free, in fact it gave a really abundantly clear safe harbor, at least for interim districts, at least for this coming cycle,” he said.


The CLS Blue Sky Blog – 01.19.18

POETIC EXPANSIONS OF INSIDER TRADING LIABILITY

For example, Professors Michael Guttentag and Donna Nagy have each offered arguments suggesting that the entire tipper-tippee framework laid out by the Supreme Court in Dirks, including the personal benefit test, has been rendered obsolete by subsequent common law and regulatory developments that have fundamentally transformed the U.S. insider trading enforcement regime.


The New York Times – 01.23.18

BILL COSBY IS HITTING THE TOWN; LEGAL EXPERTS SEE A STRATEGY

"It's the 'Bill Cosby is not a bad guy' defense," said Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 01.23.18

S. V. KLEINMAN

Paula M. Mitchell and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic are listed as counsel of record in the case of U.S. v. Kleinman.


The New York Times – 01.22.18

PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MAP IS RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

“This case was designed from the get-go to get to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and no further,” said Justin Levitt, an election-law scholar and associate dean at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “There are one or two exceedingly long-shot ways that Republicans might attempt to get this in front of the Supreme Court. But I would not lay odds on that.”


San Jose Mercury News – 01.22.18

WHAT COULD BECOME OF ALLEGED CALIFORNIA ‘HOUSE OF HORRORS’ IN FAMILY TORTURE CASE?

With the Turpins facing long-term custody while awaiting the outcome of their case, the home could go into foreclosure, said Dan S. Schechter, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, who specializes in commercial finance.


KCRW-FM – 01.22.18

TRUMP MAKES IT EASIER FOR STATES TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson reviews President Trump’s announcement that he would rescind Obama’s directive warning large cuts to family planning providers would break federal law.


Dallas Morning News – 01.22.18

TRUMP'S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION REQUESTED TEXAS RECORDS THAT IDENTIFIED HISPANIC VOTERS

Justin Levitt, an election law expert who oversaw voting rights for the Department of Justice under President Barack Obama, said the tracking of Hispanic surnames is a common practice that helps states with decisions on redistricting every 10 years..."But for the Kobach commission to ask for it is super weird," said Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "I mean, super weird."


CNBC – 01.22.18

TRUMP HAS PACKED FEDERAL COURTS IN HIS FIRST YEAR, PLEASING ONCE-WARY CONSERVATIVES

McConnell's own desire to reshape the federal courts has played a major role in Trump's success in filling the posts, said Jessica Levinson, a professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles..."Senator McConnell and other GOP senators rightly realize that they can make an enormous impact on the fabric of our country if they can confirm as many judges as possible, as quickly as is possible," she said.


Long Beach Press-Telegram – 01.22.18

IT MAY ‘SMELL BAD,’ BUT LONG BEACH MAYOR’S DEAL-MAKING DOESN’T BREAK THE LAW, EXPERTS SAY

Jessica A. Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, said it’s not unusual for politicians to make promises to supporters. For example, a presidential candidate may promise to make a supporter an ambassador to another nation should he or she be elected to office...“My impression is it’s done all the time,” she said.


KNBC-TV - 01.21.18

IMPACT OF THE SHRINKING GOP

NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Jessica Levinson from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles about the shrinking Republican Party nationwide and in California.


KNBC-TV – 01.21.18

GARCETTI, HARRIS PREPPING PRESIDENTIAL RUN?

Jessica Levinson of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles examines the possibility of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Senator Kamala Harris preparing for a presidential run.


The Signal – 01.19.18

DEVELOPER’S NONPROFIT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION GAVE SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS OF WELL-CONNECTED FAMILIES

“It’s pretty suspicious when it’s the child of a director,” said Ellen Aprill, a professor of tax law at Loyola Law School. “It sounds like he’s doing it for his own benefit.”


The New York Times – 01.19.18

MOST STATES DON’T REQUIRE SPECIFIC FINANCIAL LITERACY CLASSES

Lauren Willis, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who has argued for stronger consumer financial protections, said she saw more promise in “consumer self-defense classes,” which focus on “spotting and avoiding scams, spotting manipulative advertising, and the like.”


CNN – 01.19.18

SUPREME COURT BLOCKS COURT ORDER TO REDRAW NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School who formerly worked for the Obama administration's Justice Department, said the Supreme Court's order "likely delays the resolution of justice in North Carolina for yet another election cycle"


Desert Sun – 01.19.18

THE TURPIN TORTURE DIARIES: HUNDREDS OF JOURNALS FOUND IN HOME WITH 13 CAPTIVE CHILDREN

In the meantime, the journals will also have “tremendous value” for the criminal investigation, even though they may not be admissible as evidence in a courtroom, said Laurie Levenson, a criminal law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles Times – 01.19.18

ARCHITECTURE IS FACING ITS OWN AWARD-SEASON CONTROVERSY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is selected as one of by Christopher Hawthorne’s picks for the Twenty-Five Year Award for 2018.


Find Law – 01.19.18

COURT STAYS ORDER TO REDRAW NORTH CAROLINA VOTING MAPS

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, said the decision "likely delays the resolution of justice" for another election cycle.


Sacramento Bee – 01.18.18

WEALTHY EXODUS TO ESCAPE NEW TAX RULES WORRIES CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS

“It is a genuine concern and that’s why the legislatures in high-tax states are swinging into action immediately,” said Katie Pratt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who specializes in taxes.


Refinery29 – 01.18.18

THE WOMEN’S MARCH WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD: WILL WE LET IT?

“The path forward is going to have to be priorities and specifics. We can barely achieve singular causes, so good luck trying to achieve intersectionality,” says Jessica A. Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and an expert on governance and campaigns.


The Mercury News – 01.18.18

BORENSTEIN: FLAWED CALIFORNIA LAW CREATES TECTONIC SHIFT IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

As two election experts, Stanford political science Professor Bruce Cain and Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt, separately argue, there are better alternatives when minority populations are evenly spread out.


KPCC-FM - 01.17.18

US SUPREME COURT TO EXAMINE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ATTORNEY CONCEDING CLIENT’S GUILT DESPITE THE ACCUSED’S OBJECTIONS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Stanley Goldman discusses the U.S. Supreme Court case examining the constitutionality of death row inmate Robert McCoy’s attorney conceding his client’s guilt without McCoy’s consent. Excerpt: “It’s not all that uncommon for a defense lawyer in a death penalty case to concede some degree of guilt.”


KNX-1070 AM – 01.17.18

IS IT A HATE CRIME?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson discusses the possibility of a hate crime charge against Samuel Woodward, who is accused of killing his classmate Blaze Bernstein. Excerpt: “It is quite possible that when the prosecutors charge this, not only will they charge the homicide, and not only might they charge this as murder, but they might add an enhancement for hate crime.”


CNN International – 01.17.18

DEMOCRAT: BANNON UNDER WHITE HOUSE “GAG ORDER”

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines Steve Bannon’s subpoena and other breaking news stories. Excerpt: “There is nothing to indicate that all of these conversations that dealt with Steve Bannon fall within one of these buckets that we’ve talked about with respect to executive privilege.”


The Argonaut – 01.16.18

2018 PREDICTIONS (PART TWO)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Ellen Aprill predicts how new tax laws will impact local charitable giving. Excerpt: Due to the nearly doubling of the standard deduction and the new limits on deductions for state and local taxes, far fewer taxpayers — maybe as few as 5% — will itemize deductions. Without the benefit of the itemized charitable contribution deduction, those taxpayers may give less to charities. How much less remains to be seen.


Newseum – 01.16.18

THE STATE OF FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION TODAY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Lauren Willis speaks on the state of financial literacy education. Excerpt: “The evidence here is lacking for traditional money management education, whether it’s sponsored or not. One thing that was found to be fairly effective, at least to a degree, was this rule-of-thumb education effort by the CFPB.”


Illinois Law Review – 01.16.18

AMENDING THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT IN THE AGE OF CHEAP SPEECH

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Ellen Aprill’s article analyzing the Johnson Amendment is featured. Excerpt: Many who wish to intervene in political campaigns will shift their contribution from PACs and social welfare organizations to charities. I suspect that the Joint Committee of Taxation underestimates the revenue loss from even a five-year de minimis exception.


KCRW-FM – 01.16.18

UNSEATING JUDGES AND THE FUTURE OF DACA

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson joins Press Play to discuss recall elections for judges and DACA. Excerpt: “They’re problematic because I don’t want judges to think ‘how will this play in the court of popular opinion?’”


Daily Times – 01.14.18

MEDIA FELLOWSHIP HOUSE HOLDS 29TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

That understanding seemed present and comprehensive by Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola Law School of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Houston Chronicle – 01.12.18

U.S. SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR TEXAS REDISTRICTING CASE

"This is a big case with big repercussions for Texas and beyond that involves a bunch of hard issues in redistricting," said Justin Levitt, a law professor from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "The state has a demonstrated history of not doing real well."


KCBS-AM – 01.10.18

OHIO VOTER PURGES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines the Ohio case Husted v. Randolph Institute on voter roll purges recently heard by the Supreme Court. Excerpt: “When we say a state is just trying to just trying to trim their voting rolls just trying to make sure they accurately reflect who live there that sounds fine. The problem is how Ohio is doing it and the fact that it's so restrictive.”  


Los Angeles Times – 01.12.18

DA EXAMINING PAST CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVING L.A. SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ON A SECRET LIST OF PROBLEM OFFICERS

The review by prosecutors could result in convictions being overturned, said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who now is a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles...“If you envision a case in which the key witness was the officer, and it comes out that he lied in past instances, that could undo all sorts of convictions,” she said.


Buzzfeed – 01.12.18

JUST 31 FACTS ABOUT REESE WITHERSPOON THAT PROVE SHE'S LITERALLY THE BEST

To prepare for Legally Blonde, she went to the University of Southern California and had dinner with a sorority, then went to Loyola Law School and sat in on some classes.


Associated Press – 01.11.18

BID TO OUST JUDGE IN STANFORD SWIMMER CASE MOVES FORWARD

Three Los Angeles judges accused of ethics violations were recalled in 1932, according to a history of judicial discipline in the state in Loyola Law School's Law Review.


CNN – 01.11.18

TRUMP DODGES QUESTION NON SPECIAL COUNSEL INTERVIEW

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson joins CNN to discuss breaking news in the Russia investigation. Excerpt: “Collusion is an umbrella term. What Robert Mueller is looking at is ‘is there a specific provision of the constitution or a statutory provision that has been violated?’”


Huffington Post Canada – 01.11.18

REPUBLICANS HAVE DRAMATICALLY RAMPED UP THEIR ATTACKS ON RUSSIA PROBE IN 2018

"They've gone with the best defense is a good offense," said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who is now a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "Bob Mueller must be made of Kevlar, because they've definitely been shooting at him."


Busan eFM – 01.11.18

APPLE UNDER FIRE

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Karl Manheim joins Morning Wave in Busan to discuss the recent Apple lawsuits. Excerpt: “There is nothing criminal about what Apple has done, so there are no criminal complaints…These are ordinary, civil lawsuits.”


Dallas News – 01.11.18

TEXAS PLAINTIFFS STILL FEAR EXPOSURE OF VOTER DATA EVEN WITH TRUMP'S FRAUD COMMISSION DISSOLVED

But Justin Levitt, an elections law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who worked for the Department of Justice under the Obama administration, said the Texas lawsuit sparked a needed conversation about what information the state could make public… "It's exposed what information is public and which is not," he said. "This has prompted an additional conversation about what Texas makes public, but I don't think there's a lot of reason for Texans to worry that a federal government agency will be poring over their voter data in a misguided and poorly thought through way to find voter fraud."


San Francisco Chronicle – 01.10.18

DACA RECIPIENTS EAGER TO ACT AFTER RULING, BUT QUICK RESOLUTION UNLIKELY

It’s a question [Marissa] Montes, co-director of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic in Los Angeles, and other advocates and attorneys fielded all Wednesday, a day after U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered the federal government to continue the program for undocumented immigrants who were 16 or younger when they arrived in this country.


Los Angeles Business Journal – 01.09.18

FASHION AWARD NOMINEES

Adjunct Professor and Director of Loyola’s Fashion Law Project Staci Jennifer Riordan is nominated.


CNN – 01.10.18

WHY THE NORTH CAROLINA REDISTRICTING RULING COULD END GERRYMANDERING AS WE KNOW IT

Why does that matter? I reached out to redistricting expert Justin Levitt, the associate dean for research at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, for some answers.


Slate – 01.10.18

THE INNOCENCE DENIERS

The Innocence Project, a New York–based nonprofit founded by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992, has freed more than 200 people and spurred the creation of numerous smaller organizations around the country devoted to the same mission. (From 2012–2015, I was the director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles.)


Daily Beast – 01.10.18

SUPREME COURT’S OHIO VOTER CASE IS BASED ON A BIG LIE

In fact, a study by a Loyola law professor found that between 2000 and 2014, there were merely 31 reported instances of voter impersonation in the entire country. Out of more than a billion votes cast.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 01.10.18

UC BERKELEY OFFICIAL OPENS UP ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL

The communications panel was moderated by Brian Costello, associate director for marketing and communications at Loyola Law School.


Marketplace – 01.09.18

GERRYMANDERING, HARD-WIRED BRAINS AND THE BABY UNDER THE DESK

One of our listeners is looking for answers about gerrymandering, and we got some help this week from Justin Levitt, professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


KPFK-FM – 01.09.18

THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF ENDING PROTECTIONS FOR MORE THAN 200,000 SALVADORANS IN THE U.S.

Supervising attorney for Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ Immigrant Justice Clinic Yanira Lemus explains the impact of President Trump’s announcement that Temporary Protected Status won’t be renewed for Salvadorans. Excerpt: “In a lot of circumstances, this will lead to breaking up families because parents might not have the ability or may not want to take their family back to El Salvador.” 


Huffington Post – 01.09.18

ONE OF AMERICA’S KEY VOTING LAWS IS ABOUT TO FACE A BIG TEST AT THE SUPREME COURT

“One of the biggest impacts if Ohio wins is going to be the reorientation of the purpose of the NVRA and in particular undermining the part of the NVRA that tries to show you only get thrown off the rolls if you’re ineligible,” said Justin Levitt, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil rights division who worked on a DOJ brief supporting the challenge to the Ohio process last year.


KCRW-FM – 01.08.18

IS IT POSSIBLE TO REMOVE THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE IF HE IS MENTALLY UNFIT?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines the discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump and why the Commission on Voter Fraud was abruptly shut down.


Courthouse News – 01.09.18

SHOWDOWN ON OHIO’S PURGING OF VOTER ROLLS HEADS TO HIGH COURT

Because the case is so intimately tied to states’ rights, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt said its outcome may not come down to party lines…“The main split that I would expect to see isn’t really conservative or liberal, it’s space to states and not space to states,” Levitt said.


KTTV-LA – 01.09.18

PRESIDENT OPRAH WINFREY?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson analyzes the potential candidacy of Oprah Winfrey. Excerpt: “I think it’s entirely possible that she could tap into a network of support, but this is the question that comes up so much with President Trump, is this an aberration or is this the new normal?”


ProPublica – 01.07.2018

TRUMP’S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION IS GONE, BUT SCRUTINY WILL CONTINUE  (Also featured on Salon, Pacific Standard)

“Having watched the commission go up in flames, I don’t know that DHS personnel would be eager to follow their lead,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola University School of Law and former Department of Justice civil rights official. “You don’t normally want to be the second person to jump on a live grenade.”


NBC – 01.07.2018

WHY THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE WILL NOT END TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY  (Also featured in Politico’s California Playbook)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson writes on emoluments clauses and President Trump. Excerpt: If one thing is clear, particularly in the wake of the dismissal of the CREW case, it is that any plaintiffs who sue Trump for a violation of the emoluments clause face an uphill battle to clear the threshold issue of standing.


The Guardian – 01.07.18

TRUMP'S 'VOTER FRAUD' COMMISSION IS DEAD – BUT ACTIVISTS FEAR NEW DHS PUSH

“With the commission, Kobach effectively jumped on a live grenade that he himself pulled the pin on. Most people don’t want to be the second person to jump on the same grenade,” Justin Levitt, an Obama-era justice department official and voting rights expert, told the Guardian.


The Hill – 01.06.18

THE MEMO: TRUMP CAN TURN PAGE ON BOOK STORM

“Any criminal prosecution is ultimately going to turn on state of mind,” said Justin Levitt, a former deputy assistant attorney general who is now a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Newsweek – 01.06.18

DONALD TRUMP'S RACIST VOTER FRAUD CHARADE ISN'T DEAD YET  (also featured in Yahoo News)

As Loyola law professor Justin Levitt has written, federal law places stringent requirements on how federal agencies may use—and may not abuse—sensitive personal information.


Talking Points Memo – 01.05.18

WHAT THE HELL IS THE DHS GOING TO DO WITH KOBACH’S VOTER FRAUD PANEL MESS?

“Where you would want to put this effort? I don’t know,” said Justin Levitt, a top DOJ voting rights attorney under President Obama who now is a professor at Loyola Law School. “There is not a bureau designed to do this large scale matching.”


The Cannifornian – 01.05.18

CONFUSION SWIRLS AROUND FEDERAL ENFORCERS AND LEGAL CANNABIS

“There may be a bit of a tightrope to walk for U.S. attorneys who are only temporary,” Loyola Law School Professor Stan Goldman told KPCC


High Times – 01.05.18

WILL LEGALIZED MARIJUANA ERASE PRIOR WEED CONVICTIONS?

Unfortunately for prior offenders, it doesn’t look like California’s recent law change will do anything for their cause. At least, according to Loyola criminal law professor Stan Goldman…“Someone could theoretically walk into a judge’s courtroom and ask that judge if they would take them off probation,” Goldman said. “Because although the law doesn’t require it or mention anything about it, it just seems fair that someone not have to suffer consequences for having been convicted of something that today is no longer a crime.”


Think Progress – 01.05.18

TRUMP’S VOTING COMMISSION FAILED, BUT THE GOP’S WAR ON VOTING RIGHTS STILL THREATENS 2018 ELECTIONS

In fact, a frequently cited study conducted by Justin Levitt, a constitutional law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, found that there were only 31 credible cases of voter impersonation from 2000 to 2014 out of more than 1 billion votes cast...Levitt also noted that voter ID laws, such as those promoted by Trump, have blocked thousands of people from voting in the states that put them in place.


KABC-AM – 01.05.18

ENFORCING MARIJUANA RULES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines Attorney General Sessions’ power regarding marijuana laws in states. Excerpt: “I think it is within Jeff Sessions purview to say marijuana is not permissible on the federal level and there is something called supremacy and the federal government trumps states and localities in this area.”


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Justin Levitt’s study on voter fraud was cited in several publications following the disbandment of President Trump’s voter fraud commission. A selection appears below: 


KPCC – 01.04.18

NEW US ATTORNEY IN LA HASN'T SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE MARIJUANA RULE CHANGE

Sessions has been a fierce supporter of the federal ban on marijuana. That leaves Hanna in a difficult position, given California’s overwhelming support of legalization, said Loyola Law School Professor Stan Goldman..."There may be a bit of a tightrope to walk for U.S. attorneys who are only temporary," he said.


Governing – 01.04.18

REDISTRICTING CASES COULD REDEFINE STATE AND U.S. POLITICS IN 2018

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School and author of the All About Redistricting website, says the focus on Kennedy is justified. “He's left enough tea leaves at this point that I think different advocates can find something supporting their preferred position, no matter what that position is,” he says. “But anyone who tells you they know what he'll do is either Justice Kennedy or is making it up.”


ProPublica – 01.04.18

TRUMP’S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION IS GONE, BUT SCRUTINY WILL CONTINUE

“Having watched the commission go up in flames, I don’t know that DHS personnel would be eager to follow their lead,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola University School of Law and former Department of Justice civil rights official. “You don’t normally want to be the second person to jump on a live grenade.”


KPCC – 01.04.18

DOJ IS CHANGING WHETHER POT CRIMES WILL BE PROSECUTED. DOES IT AFFECT CALIFORNIA?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson analyzes how the Department of Justice’s changes to pot crimes will effect California, which recently legalized recreation use of the drug. Excerpt: "I doubt that you'll see immediate arrests, like tomorrow, against pot shops, but everyone is at risk. This is a high-risk business that is now more high-risk."


KNX-AM – 01.04.18

EFFECT OF DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE’S STAND AGAINST RECREATION MARIJUANA

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson discusses possible effects of the Department of Justice crackdown on recreational marijuana. Excerpt: “We don’t know what the impact will be on California. But it probably makes it slightly more likely that the US attorney’s office with federal authorities may go after these marijuana shops.


Associated Press – 01.03.18

RACES FOR GOVERNOR, STATE LEGISLATURE KEY FOR REDISTRICTING (also featured in Miami Herald, SF Gate, The Vancouver Sun)

This year is “enormously consequential for redistricting,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who tracks redistricting nationwide.


Legal Theory Blog – 01.03.18

ARAGAKI ON "RE-INVENTING ARBITRATION" BY HENSLER & KHATAM

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Hiro N. Aragaki’s article “The Metaphysics of Arbitration: A Reply to Hensler and Khatam” is featured.


KNX-FM – 01.03.18

HANDLING THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN CASES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Stanley Goldman discusses how the district attorney’s office will likely handle the cases against Harvey Weinstein. Excerpt: “You don’t want to bring a 15-year old case against the legal team that Harvey Weinstein is going to put together.”


ABC – 01.02.17

WHAT DOES LEGAL MARIJUANA MEAN FOR THOSE WITH PRIOR POT CONVICTIONS?

However, the new law could help someone on probation for marijuana possession make their case to a judge, Loyola criminal law professor Stan Goldman said..."Someone could theoretically walk into a judge's courtroom and ask that judge if they would take them off probation," Goldman said.


Houston Chronicle – 01.02.18

'TWEETER LAUREATE OF TEXAS' MOVES TO FEDERAL APPEALS COURT BENCH

The 5th Circuit is one of the country's more consistently conservative courts, said Justin Levitt, law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles… The challenge for Willett, Levitt said, "will be interpreting laws that he had no occasion to interpret in his role as a Texas Supreme Court justice, and he will be dealing with U.S. Supreme Court rulings in a very different way."


KCRW-FM – 01.02.18

WHAT ARE THE BIG SUPREME COURT CASES TO WATCH IN 2018?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson goes on air to discuss future decisions coming out of the Supreme Court and Republican Senator Orrin Hatch’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election.


Fox News Radio – 01.02.18

FOX NEWS RUNDOWN

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses President Trump’s legacy. Excerpt: "Even if President Trump resigned tomorrow, he will have already made his mark on our country."


Vox – 01.02.18

5 WAYS THE 2018 MIDTERMS COULD CHANGE AMERICAN POLITICS

States’ redistricting processes vary; Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School has a good breakdown of how they work. But in most, the state legislature runs the process, with the governor usually getting veto power.