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July 2017

 

Washington Post - 07.31.17 

PUBLIC SAFETY U.S. JUDGE SET TO HEAR NEW CHALLENGE TO TRUMP VOTER COMMISSION TUESDAY
“Most of the time, advisory bodies call experts … they don’t themselves assemble a national voter file with personal identifying information on more than 100 million people … or broadly compare hundreds of millions of records against data sets of hundreds of millions of other records, ” said Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Justin Levitt, a former U.S. Justice Department civil rights division attorney in the Obama administration who has questioned the commission’s request. “That is much closer to what other agencies might do in the course of their official duties … such as conducting law enforcement duties,” Levitt said.


US News & World Report -07.31.17

RESEARCH TO FIND LAW SCHOOL CONCENTRATIONS, SCHOLARSHIPS

On the West Coast, Loyola Marymount University's Loyola Law School Los Angeles has developed a cybersecurity and data privacy concentration. Students in good academic standing are eligible to participate after completing their first year.


NPR – 07.30.17

JARED KUSHNER IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT. BUT IS HE IN THE TRADITION OF AMERICAN NEPOTISM?

Jessica Levinson, who teaches political law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, says the law targeted nepotism at federal agencies to "give the public some faith that the people who are being paid by them are the people who are best qualified for their jobs."


Los Angeles Times – 07.30.17

WHAT HAPPENED TO L.A.'S PUSH TO END ITS PAY-TO-PLAY REPUTATION? SO FAR, NOT MUCH

If the system becomes too expensive, Angelenos may be reluctant to put additional public funds into political campaigns, said Jessica Levinson, president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which could be asked to vet the two campaign finance proposals. “It can be tagged as welfare for politicians,” she said.


San Gabriel Valley Tribune – 07.27.17

INDUSTRY HIRES ITS CITY CLERK TO FIX ITS HOUSING PROGRAM

Loyola Law professor Jessica Levinson, president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, said in an interview earlier this month that the dual positions raise red flags. “He is serving in different capacities and I can see a sort of Venn diagram of those capacities overlapping in problematic ways,” she said. “There is a reason why this is highly unusual.”


Associated Press – 07.28.17

CALIFORNIA'S MINOR LIFE-WITHOUT-PAROLE LAW DRAWS CONTROVERSY

The Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles has two similar clients, each now in his 40s and each sentenced to life without parole at age 17 for a homicide involving "a robbery that went wrong and a gun that went off," said clinic director Christopher Hawthorne.


The Atlantic -07.28.17

TRUMP'S BATTLE OVER LGBT DISCRIMINATION IS JUST BEGINNING

In other words, the government has two opposing opinions on one case, and two opposite interpretations of how the same law should be applied. “It is super wacky, yes,” said Justin Levitt, an associate dean and professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angles. “It is very unusual. The federal government usually makes great efforts to be on the same page of this sort of thing.”


Los Angeles Times – 07.27.17

MAJORITY OF CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT BODY WANTS L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF TO STOP FLYING DRONE

A fifth commissioner — Priscilla Ocen, a Loyola Law School professor who served on the drone ad-hoc committee — was not at the meeting but wrote a report issued Thursday explaining her support for grounding the drone.


Los Angeles Times – 07.27.17

DUSTIN HOFFMAN SCORES WIN IN LEGAL FIGHT OVER $3-MILLION DEAL WITH PAUL MANAFORT'S SON-IN-LAW

“The Hoffmans are unfortunately in a very bad position,” said Loyola Law School professor Dan Schechter, a bankruptcy expert. “They might get something at the end of the day, especially if this [property] is aggressively marketed.”


Associated Press – 07.27.17

ONCE AGAIN, TRUMP DOJ BUSTS CONVENTION, SPLITS GOVERNMENT IN HIGH-PROFILE EMPLOYMENT CASE

The significance of the Justice Department’s amicus brief, in other words, isn’t so much what it says than that it was filed at all. “It’s profoundly weird,” said Loyola law professor Justin Levitt, who served in the Obama DOJ’s civil rights division. Levitt said it’s unusual for both the EEOC and the Justice Department to file amicus briefs in a single Title VII case. It’s more unusual for them both to provide their views in a case in which neither has definitive regulatory authority. And it’s rarer still, Levitt said, for the Justice Department to file an amicus brief directly contradicting the EEOC.


Associated Press – 07.27.17

INMATES’ ESCAPE VIDEO SHOWS EVERYTHING IS CAUGHT ON TAPE

Stan Goldman, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School, said legal questions could be raised as to whether the inmates could sell the footage or the rights to a film under California’s so-called “Son of Sam” law, which allows victims to sue if those convicted of serious crimes profit from their criminal acts, he said.


The Hill – 07.27.17

THE MEMO: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT VETERANS REELING OVER SESSIONS DRAMA

But Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s civil rights division, struck back at that line of attack. “To suggest lawyers at the Department of Justice behave one way or another based on how they might vote every two or four years is a fundamental misunderstanding of what lawyers do and what civil servants do,” Levitt told The Hill. “I would be just as livid about that if Newt decided it was OK because a certain proportion of them were Republicans.”


Los Angeles Times – 07.27.17

MORE CALIFORNIA INMATES ARE GETTING A SECOND CHANCE AS PAROLE BOARD ENTERS NEW ERA OF DISCRETION

“I don’t know if anyone is ever going to be convinced that we have reached the perfect medium,” Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said.


San Diego Union Tribune – 07.27.17

MÁS RECLUSOS DE CALIFORNIA ESTÁN RECIBIENDO UNA SEGUNDA OPORTUNIDAD

“No sé si alguien va a estar convencido de que hemos alcanzado el medio perfecto", dijo Laurie Levenson, profesora de Loyola Law School.


Politico - 07.25.17

CALIFORNIA PLAYBOOK: TRUMP THROWS SHADE AT SCHIFF -- BROWN’S CAP-AND-TRADE VICTORY LAP -- SCHWARZENEGGER PODCAST: WILL HE BE BACK IN STATE POLITICS?

Jessica Levinson, political analyst and president of the L.A. City Ethics Commission: "Maybe they think [Schiff] is going to go for a Senate seat or run for president. ... Adam Schiff is proving himself to be an effective voice in the opposition, and he has a background that makes him credible.”


Boston Globe - 07.24.17

JUDGE RULES STATE’S VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL (also featured on the Election Law Blog)

The ruling is a significant one and could influence election law in other states, according to Justin Levitt, a professor of election law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “The rationale is thought out in great detail,” Levitt said. “It’s quite a lot of analysis, and I suspect that other courts in other states may well look to this as persuasive in how they might interpret their own constitution.”


CBS This Morning - 07.24.17

WHO KILLED NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON AND RON GOLDMAN? 

"People will always want to be a part of the O.J. case," Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson said. "They'll always be looking for evidence that the LAPD missed. That's because it's a mystery that to some has not been solved."


KCRW-FM - 07.24.17

HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP IS REMAKING THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson estimates the impact of President Trump’s judicial nominees and challenges they’re facing.

If President Trump keeps this pace and if many of these nominees are confirmed, which it looks like they will be, then about one in eight cases in federal court would be heard by someone President Trump appointed. That is an enormous influence that one president can have over the judiciary. 


U.S. News & World Report - 07.24.17

PICK THE RIGHT LAW SCHOOL FOR IMMIGRATION LAW CAREER 

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles offers a concentration in immigrant advocacy that allows students to go beyond coursework by building in clinical work, networking events and honors recognition that signal to immigration law employers that graduates are ready to hit the ground running.


LMU Magazine - 07.24.17

DRAWING THE LINE 

We spoke to Justin Levitt, a nationally recognized expert on election law who is a professor of law and associate dean for research at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. From 2015–17, he served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.


San Francisco Chronicle - 07.20.17

CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN JUST MIGHT SUCCEED

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor John T. Nockleby publishes an op-ed outlining the potential damage a new civil lawsuit could cause.

If the lawsuit survives the inevitable motions to dismiss — and it seems to have presented more than enough circumstantial evidence to do so — we may have a window into whether, and if so, how, Trump’s campaign and advisers worked with the Russian government to sabotage the Clinton campaign, support the Russian government’s agenda, and cause harm to these plaintiffs.


Associated Press - 07.23.17

O.J. SIMPSON IS A 'SOCIOPATH, A NARCISSISTIC LIAR, A MURDERER, A THUG, A KIDNAPPER, A ROBBER,' FRED GOLDMAN SAYS

“I would guess that there is some message that got through to him, a deterrence message about having to take the criminal justice system seriously,” said Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.


KCAL-TV - 07.23.17

THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY: RUSSIA SANCTIONS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the bill on Russian sanctions.

I think the president has the choice of accepting the sanctions or accepting the sanctions. These sanctions passed with an overwhelming margin in congress so for the president to veto them would be basically, a worthless measure. And for the president to come out against this would be politically disastrous.


Associated Press - 07.23.17

O.J. SIMPSON HAD A 'CONFLICT-FREE LIFE'? NOT REALLY

"I would guess that there is some message that got through to him, a deterrence message about having to take the criminal justice system seriously," said Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.


Los Angeles Times - 07.21.17

COULD TRUMP PARDON HIMSELF? NO PRESIDENT EVER HAS, AND LEGAL OPINIONS ARE MIXED 

“The language of the Constitution embraces the idea that there is one person who grants a pardon and a different person who accepts that pardon,” said Jessica A. Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. “There is also a principle of so-called natural law, which provides that no person should stand as her or his own judge.”


KCRW-FM - 07.21.17

THE LEGALITY -- OR ILLEGALITY -- OF PARDONING YOUR FAMILY OR YOURSELF

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the reaches of the presidential pardoning power.

The short version is we just don’t know. This isn’t a question we have any case precedence for because this isn’t a question that comes up very often, luckily. We have a few things we can look too. I think the best guess is “no the president can’t do this.”


KPCC-FM - 07.21.17

AS THE O.J. SIMPSON STORY CONTINUES, HOW HAS YOUR OPINION CHANGED OF THE TRIAL

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson discusses O.J Simpson’s parole hearing.

Some things don’t change so much. I don’t know if OJ as a person has changed that much listening to his testimony yesterday. It was stunning when he said he has has a “conflict free life.”


KFI AM – 07.20.17

O.J. SIMPSON PAROLE HEARING

Loyola Law School, Professor Stan Goldman discusses O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing.

That could have opened him up to the one thing he was being saved from by the technical language of the parole hearings in Nevada, which is you’re only allowed to bring up prior convictions, not prior accusations. And therefore the prior alleged murders that OJ was acquitted of could not be brought up.


The Recorder - 07.21.17

WHO SAYS CALIFORNIA'S BAR EXAM IS TOO TOUGH

Susan Smith Bakhshian, director of bar programs for Loyola Law School, called the uptick in bar-takers surprising and predictable at the same time. “The bar passage rates for the last several exams have been historic lows, so of course, more people are retaking the exam,” Bakhshian said. “The surprise, at least somewhat, is that more out-of-state attorneys decided to take the exam.”


Los Angeles Daily Journal - 07.20.17

CALIFORNIA BAR EXAM TAKERS UP 20% 

Susan Bakhshian, director of bar programs at Loyola Law School, said she did not believe there were a significant number of Loyola graduates who decided to take this July’s exam as opposed to the recent February exam because of the two-day format. “It is a tiny subset of students who think strategically about when to take the exam,” Bakhshian said. “Students typically take it the first opportunity they can.”


KCAL-TV - 07.20.17

LIVE COVERAGE OF O.J. SIMPSON’S PAROLE HEARING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Stanley Goldman appears on KCAL-TV to discuss O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing. “One expects in a hearing like this for the prisoner to come in and say, ‘I’m really sorry I did this, and I learned my lesson,’” he said. “Instead, he blamed the guys he was with and wanted to relitigate the crime.”


CBS News - 07.20.17

SPECIAL REPORT: O.J. SIMPSON PAROLE HEARING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson provides analysis of O.J. Simpson’s grant of parole. “I actually think O.J. had a rather rocky start in the beginning. He was asked by one of the commissioners, ‘What were you thinking?’” she said. “Instead, he pointed the finger at other people. What the parole board is looking for is remorse.” 


NBC News - 07.20.17

O.J. SIMPSON HAS BEEN GRANTED PAROLE. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

"Parole is but one step out of the prison gate," Loyola Law School professor and longtime Simpson case commentator Laurie Levenson told NBC News.


Los Angeles Times - 07.20.17

IS PAROLE THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE NEVER-ENDING, AND EVER-FASCINATING, SAGA OF O.J. SIMPSON?

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor who became a fixture as an analyst for CBS during the trial, said that among water-cooler moments, it was a rare phenomenon: Everyone had an opinion on O.J., and the case became a cultural touchstone.


The Washington Post - 07.20.71

THIS ANTI-VOTER-FRAUD PROGRAM GETS IT WRONG OVER 99 PERCENT OF THE TIME. THE GOP WANTS TO TAKE IT NATIONWIDE 

For instance, in a 2007 paper, elections experts Michael McDonald and Justin Levitt examined voter files from New Jersey's 2014 elections. In those elections, the most common names — William Smith, Maria Rodriguez, etc. — showed up hundreds of times, reflecting their prevalence in the general population.


Los Angeles Times - 07.20.17

SUPREME COURT LETS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REINSTATE TRAVEL BAN RESTRICTIONS ON REFUGEES BUT NOT ON GRANDPARENTS 

“We can certainly start to read the tea leaves,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “The most conservative of the conservatives on the court have been consistent on the travel ban. But three is not a majority.”


The Economist - 07.20.17

THE VOTER-FRAUD COMMISSION RELIES ON SOME REALLY DODGY STUDIES

“Why would an undocumented immigrant risk deportation and a fine by voting, especially as immigration officials regularly check electoral rolls?” asks Justin Levitt at Loyola Law School, author of one of the Brennan Centre reports.


Mirror UK - 07.20.17

OJ SIMPSON BIDS FOR PRISON RELEASE AS HE PREPARES TO FACE PAROLE BOARD AFTER NINE YEARS IN JAIL 

In an interview with Reuters on TuesdayLoyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson said: "What plays against him is the ghost of the murders."


NBC News - 07.20.17

O.J. SIMPSON PAROLE HEARING: WILL THE NEVADA BOARD OF PAROLE GRANT HIS FREEDOM?

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School in Los Angeles professor and longtime Simpson case commentator, agreed parole was likely. "There are no certainties because it is O.J., and we've learned to expect the unexpected, but just on his classification and his risk factors, he is a good candidate," she told NBC News.


Santa Barbara Independent - 07.20.17

THE ARTISTIC LIFE OF A CON 

Sessions has directed prosecutors to charge what are known as “mandatory minimums.” This mandate, said Laurie LevensonLoyola Law School, Los Angeles professor and former federal prosecutor, can leave judges “unduly” forced to hand down harsh sentences. “I think Obama was on the right track, and frankly most prosecutors thought he was on the right track,” she said. “At some level, we should trust our judges and prosecutors.” 


KCAL-TV - 07.19.17

PAROLE HEARING by KCAL-TV

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Stanley Goldman goes on KABC to discuss O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing.

Under normal circumstance, he’ll be out in October. But there has never been anything particularly normal about anything involving the law and O.J Simpson.


New York Times - 07.19.17

TRUMP ELECTION COMMISSION, ALREADY UNDER FIRE, HOLDS FIRST MEETING 

“It’s hard to believe that a commission structured this way doesn’t already know what it wants to do,” Justin Levitt, a voting rights official in the Obama administration Justice Department who is now a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said in an interview.


Vice News - 07.19.17

TRUMP STOPS BY VOTER FRAUD MEETING HE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO INFLUENCE

In light of Trump’s comments, Justin Levitt, elections expert at Loyola Law School, isn’t buying the fact-finding mission that Pence described. “The president came out and announced his firm and unshakeable belief that individuals were voting illegally in large numbers,” said Levitt, who served as deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. “This is a commission that was set up from the get-go to find facts to fix their pre-ordained conclusions.”


San Francisco Chronicle - 07.19.17

PAROLE HEARING FOR SF NATIVE, NFL HALL OF FAMER O.J. SIMPSON by Bob Egelko

Members of the public, who can watch the hearing live-streamed on television, should try to “separate out the O.J. who was charged with murder, and may have gotten away with it, from the O.J. who’s going through a parole hearing,” said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, a former federal prosecutor and a close follower of the case.


LAist - 07.18.17

REOPENING OF PREVIOUSLY-CLOSED DEPORTATION CASES HAS DRAMATICALLY SPIKED IN L.A. SINCE JANUARY 

"We're seeing instances where clients have not gotten into trouble, or there has really not been, in my opinion, a valid grounds to reopen, and ICE is moving forward [in reopening their cases] just because they now consider these people to be enforcement priorities," Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic co-founder Marisa Montes ’12 told LAist.


Billboard - 07.17.17

THE LEADING MUSIC LAW SCHOOLS OF 2017

“Music Law,” “Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes” and “Licensing in a Global Context” are among the courses offered at Loyola Law School, which features a concentration in both entertainment law and intellectual property law. The school’s student-run Entertainment & Sports Law Society hosts regular events, including 2016’s Techtainment 2.0: Technology & Entertainment symposium, hosted with the L.A. County Bar.


Associated Press - 07.17.17

OJ SIMPSON FACES GOOD CHANCE AT PAROLE IN NEVADA ROBBERY

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor and longtime Simpson case analyst, predicted a "tsunami" of public attention if Simpson wins release. "If this is the ordinary case, he will be paroled," Levenson said. "But O.J. is never the ordinary case."


The Washington Post - 07.17.17

VICE CHAIR OF TRUMP’S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION WANTS TO CHANGE FEDERAL LAW TO ADD NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR VOTING, EMAIL SHOWS

Critics of Kobach say the email proves the voter fraud commission is aiming to restrict voting access regardless of any findings it may make. "I think the email is wholly unsurprising," said Justin Levitt, elections expert at Loyola Law School. "I won't be shocked as more proof emerges that the cake is already baked."


Talking Points Memo - 07.17.17

KOBACH PITCHED ROLLING BACK VOTING RIGHTS LAW DAY AFTER TRUMP’S ELECTION

“I think the email is wholly unsurprising,” Justin Levitt, an elections expert at Loyola Law School who previously served in President Obama’s Justice Department, told the Washington Post.”I won’t be shocked as more proof emerges that the cake is already baked.”


The Denver Channel - 07.17.17

88 PERCENT OF COLORADO VOTER REGISTRATION WITHDRAWALS ARE FROM DEMOCRATS, UNAFFILIATED VOTERS 

An elections expert from Loyola Law School told The Post that the newly-unveiled letter means that the election integrity commission, which was only formed after President Trump claimed, without any proof, that millions of people voted illegally in last year's election, was only further proof that the commission was trying to restrict voter access.


Cision PR Newswire - 07.17.17

TAX ANALYSTS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ANNUAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles student Ben Livni ‘18 wins Tax Analysts’ 2017 student writing competition.


Univision - 07.14.17

THIS HISPANIC MAN HAS BEEN IN PRISON FOR 19 YEARS, BUT THE VICTIM SAYS HE IS INNOCENT 

Díaz cumple una sentencia mínima de 37 años y que se puede extender a cadena perpetua por un intento de asesinato que no cometió, según los testimonios de la propia víctima de ese crimen ocurrido en un vecindario hispano de Los Ángeles durante la noche del 14 de julio de 1998. Una versión sustentada por un testigo clave del caso y otras evidencias que ha recopilado una organización que representa legalmente a quienes -a su juicio- han sido condenados injustamente, Project for the Innocent de la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad Loyola (Loyola Law School).


KABC-AM - 07.14.17

HAWAII JUDGE ORDERS LOOSENING OF TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses a judge’s order to loosen Trump’s travel ban.

What the district court in Hawaii said ‘Trump administration you read who is covered and who is not covered too narrowly.’ The ruling is based on the idea that are harmed if you are a grandparent or a grandchild who wants your relative to come into the country.


Government Technology - 07.13.17

STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS FEAR FEDS ARE MAKING SECURITY WORSE

Justin Levitt, an elections expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, says it's clear that Kobach intends for the commission's findings to influence federal voting legislation..."States already know in large part what he's going to say," Levitt says. "He had it literally on a to-do list before the first day of the administration."


Politico – 07.12.17

WHAT IS COLLUSION? IS IT EVEN A CRIME? By Politico Magazine

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/12/what-is-collusion-215366

‘The more likely crimes have occurred through false and misleading statements’ Laurie L. Levenson is professor of law and David W. Burcham chair of ethical advocacy at Loyola Law School. She was formerly an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.


Toronto Star – 07.11.17

THE ‘ODIOUS’ LOGIC BEHIND OPPOSITION TO KHADR’S COMPENSATION: KANJI

 “The government asserts U.S. combatants had the right to shoot Khadr on sight (he was shot twice in the back […]), yet criminally prosecute him for fighting back,” observed professor of international law and former U.S. Navy officer David Glazier. “This approach […] attempts to transform the law from one even-handedly regulating the conduct of both parties into a unilateral shield for one side.”


KCRW- 07.11.17

SECRETARIES OF STATE WORRY ABOUT RUSSIAN HACKING IN NEXT YEAR'S ELECTION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles professor Jessica Levinson joins Press Play with Madeleine Brand to discuss the upcoming meeting of the U.S. Secretaries of States and cybersecurity.


Slate – 07.11.17

HOW TRUMP’S DOJ WILL TRY TO PURGE VOTER ROLLS 

Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt identified 31 credible cases of alleged voter fraud between 2010 and 2014, a period during which more than 1 billion votes were cast.


ATTN: - 07.11.17

HERE'S WHAT AN ELECTION LAW EXPERT SAYS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP JR.'S EMAILS

ATTN: spoke to Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Loyola Law School who focuses on election law and governance issues, to try and figure out what this all means.


Mother Jones – 07.11.17

LAWYER BEHIND NATIONWIDE VOTER PURGE EFFORT NAMED TO TRUMP ELECTION COMMISSION

The data appears flawed. “Not just incredibly inflated; designed—and specifically designed—to get inaccurate information,” says Justin Levitt, an election law expert at the Loyola Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration who reviewed the reports and underlying data.


Washington Post – 07.11.17

SHERRILYN IFILL EXPOSES THE ABSURDITY OF TRUMP’S ELECTION INTEGRITY COMMISSION

In decrying ongoing efforts to deny Americans their right to vote, Ifill cited a comprehensive investigation done by Justin Levitt of voter impersonation.


New Hampshire Public Radio – 07.10.17

WHY ARE STATES REBELLING AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Justin Levitt assesses the possible scope and cost of an investigation into voter fraud. 


Sacramento Bee – 07.10.17

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS WANT DATA ON LOBBYISTS’ RACE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION

The request creates a conundrum for lobbyists, given their dynamic with lawmakers, said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor and president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. When senators and Assembly members ask lobbyists for something, it’s not as voluntary as it may seem, she said. 


Washington Post – 07.09.17

OBAMA RETURNS TO POLITICAL FRAY FOR A DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAUSE

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said in an interview that if the justices side with the Democrats in upcoming cases involving Wisconsin and Texas, for example, it “will certainly change the way legislatures go about drawing lines.”


KCAL-TV – 07.09.17

THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson analyzes the G-20 conference and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

“What we have is a lot of nonpartisan analysts like the Congressional Budget Office saying 22-23 million people are going to lose their healthcare. So we have Republican senators going home for the recess, talking to their constituents and feeling like these are constituents who were told they were going to repeal and replace with something better now are being told this is a way to shift money from poor to wealthy.” 


Huffington Post – 07.07.17

TRUMP’S VOTER FRAUD PROBE IS JUST BEGINNING, AND IT MAY ALREADY BE BREAKING THE LAW

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School and former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division, also wrote the commission may be violating the 1974 Privacy Act. “There are a number of substantive requirements for a body like the Kobach commission,” Levitt wrote in a post on the “Take Care” blog. 


Associated Press – 07.07.17

COURT DECLINES TO REHEAR GAY EMPLOYEE DISCRIMINATION CASE

The issue will continue to develop as courts are called upon to think about what the language of the law means and how it applies in different circumstances, said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “Having a distinct circuit split like this, some of the justices will be comfortable letting it percolate a little bit more, and some may want to bring it to resolution sooner,” he said.


U.S. News & World Report – 07.07.17

PRESIDENT SNOWFLAKE'S UNICORN HUNT

That's in keeping with findings from other studies of the issue: Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles who has closely studied allegations of in-person voter fraud, has found 45 credible such incidents out of well more than a billion votes cast across the country since 2000.


Mother Jones – 07.07.17

THESE THREE LAWYERS ARE QUIETLY PURGING VOTER ROLLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

 “Not just incredibly inflated; designed—and specifically designed—to get inaccurate information,” says Justin Levitt, an election law expert at the Loyola Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration who reviewed the reports and underlying data.


The American Prospect – 07.07.17

IS THE KOBACH COMMISSION VIOLATING THE LAW?

Loyola Law School’s Justin Levitt has been quoted as saying that states could deny the commission’s request on the grounds that it violates the Privacy Act.


Santa Cruz Sentinel – 07.06.17

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IS HERE TO STAY IN CALIFORNIA

Jessica Levinson — a Loyola Law School professor and political analyst who opposed the original bill — said she sees the bill’s amendments as a huge victory when it comes to “blocking bad ideas.” But while she would like to see year-round daylight saving time, she said, going to the voters about a matter beyond the state’s authority strikes her as a waste of time and money.


KCRW-FM – 07.06.17

US ELECTIONS AND 'VOTER FRAUD'

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Justin Levitt discusses the demands made by Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity for data that prompted resistance from officials from 44 states.


Vice News – 07.06.17

TRUMP’S VOTER FRAUD TASK FORCE MAY HAVE BROKEN 2 FEDERAL LAWS

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, explained that the Federal Privacy Act prohibits the federal government from collecting records of individuals’ party affiliation or voting history...“There is no legitimate use for party affiliation information that I can think of,” Levitt said, adding that Kobach’s request baffled him.


WGN-AM – 07.06.17

PROFESSOR JUSTIN LEVITT ON THE VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION: IT SEEKS EVIDENCE FOR A CONCLUSION ALREADY DRAWN

Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt explains the findings of his study on voter fraud. Levitt lists the most troubling qualities of President Trump’s voter fraud commission, including its method and data sought.


Dallas Morning News – 07.06.17

TEXAS SHEDS LIGHT ON WHAT INFORMATION IT WILL GIVE TO TRUMP ELECTION COMMISSION

The secretary of state's list did not quell concerns about how the information will be used. Justin Levitt, an election expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said the information is protected against commercial use by state law..."If I'm someone that can really use this data to sell you something, I may not be able to get it from Texas, but I can turn around and go to the federal commission and get it from them," Levitt said.


NPR – 07.05.17

STATE LAWMAKERS BREAK POLITICAL NORMS BY IGNORING WILL OF THE VOTERS

Loyola Law School professor and political ethics expert Jessica Levinson says the proposal retroactively inserts five new steps into the recall process. The law stretches out the recall for so long that Newman's election will be combined with the June 2018 midterm, when more Democrats are likely to vote. Democrats accuse Republicans of false marketing, pointing to signs that say repeal the gas tax, even though signing the recall petition would do nothing of the sort.


CNN – 07.05.17

HERE'S THE REAL PROBLEM WITH KRIS KOBACH'S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION

Take this study by Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt, in which he tracked US elections from 2000 to 2014 in search of voter fraud, or, as he put it, "specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls."


Huffington Post – 07.05.17

THIS DOJ LETTER MAY BE MORE ALARMING THAN TRUMP COMMISSION’S REQUEST FOR VOTER DATA

 “If this went to any individual states, I don’t think anybody would’ve blinked twice,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School who served as deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division in the Obama administration. The letter asked for public information that was uncontroversial, he added, but what made the letter “really weird” was that it was sent out to so many states.


Refinery29 – 07.05.17

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT TRUMP'S ELECTION PANEL & A PUBLIC VOTER DATABASE

Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt, who worked in the Justice Department during the Obama administration, said in a blog post that it was "irresponsible" to build a national voter database in two weeks without discussing how the information may be used.


Talking Points Memo – 07.05.17

‘WORSE THAN WHAT I THOUGHT’: VOTING EXPERTS BALK AT TRUMP PANEL’S LATEST MOVES

 “The commission seems, from all external appearance, it seems to be attempting to find a fig leaf to put on conclusions it already arrived at,” said Justin Levitt, a top DOJ voting rights attorney under President Obama who now is a professor at Loyola Law School.


The Hill – 07.05.17

TRUMP'S VOTER WITCH HUNT DIVERTS FROM REAL ELECTION ISSUES

For example, a report by Loyola Law School election law expert Justin Levitt found just 31 cases of fraud over 14 years, out of nearly a billion votes cast. The appointment of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has embraced the lie that Trump won the popular vote, sends a clear message. His selection as vice-chair is proof that the ultimate goal of the commission is to enact policies that will result in the disenfranchisement of American citizens.


Vox – 07.05.17

AT LEAST 44 STATES HAVE REJECTED THE TRUMP VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION’S SWEEPING DATA REQUEST

Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt studied voter impersonation, the type of fraud that strict voter ID laws (which Trump supports) aim to curtail. Levitt found 35 total credible accusations between 2000 and 2014, constituting a few hundred ballots at most. 


Mic – 07.04.17

HERE’S WHY WATCHDOGS ARE WORRIED ABOUT ALL THAT PERSONAL DATA THE TRUMP ELECTION PANEL WANTS

Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt, who served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department under former President Barack Obama, said the commission’s vague mission is part of why it’s so disturbing...“He hasn’t told us, because the commission hasn’t even met yet. So he’s way out in front of himself just in terms of process,” he continued. “This is not a good way to do your homework.” 


The Sacramento Bee – 07.05.17

THE SUPREME COURT’S MOST CONSEQUENTIAL DECISION OF THE YEAR

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson writes an op-ed on the Supreme Court's most consequential decision.

Decisions regarding how we draw district lines implicate every important policy issue, from health care and immigration, to the environment and criminal justice. Because of partisan gerrymandering, many Americans don’t chose their lawmakers. Their lawmakers chose them.


New York Times – 07.04.17

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! SHOW US YOUR PAPERS

“It is wildly irresponsible for a federal entity to ask for all of this information without first discussing how it will be used and whether collecting it for those purposes is a good idea,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, who has studied the incidence of voting fraud in depth and found virtually none.


Texas Tribune – 07.03.17

HEY, TEXPLAINER: IS TEXAS HANDING OVER MY VOTING DATA TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

Justin Levitt, an election expert at Loyola Law School, is among those raising questions about the specific types of data the commission is seeking. For example: “I have deep concerns about his request for partisan affiliation data. I have absolutely no idea what the legitimate use of that data is,” he said. 


Summary Judgments – 07.03.17

ON INDEPENDENCE DAY, PROFESSOR SEES HOPE IN CONSTITUTION 

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Gary Williams sees "hope for the future" in the building blocks contained in the U.S. Constitution. "Three essential building blocks in the foundation of this nation -- freedom of the press, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, and the right of free speech -- are at the forefront as we confront today’s challenges," he writes.


Univision – 07.02.17

MEXICAN MAN WAS IMPRISONED FOR 19 YEARS FOR A CRIME THAT HE DID NOT COMMIT

Loyola Project for the Innocent Legal Director Paula Mitchell, Program Director Adam Grant and client Jaime Ponce are featured in a segment about Ponce’s path to freedom. "Justice came late for Jaime Ponce, a man who at age 17 was tried and sentenced for a crime he did not commit."