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Ruth Marcus

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Past articles by Ruth:

Are federal judges violating the Constitution when they hire their clerks?

Federal appeals court clerks should be as diverse as possible. → Read More

Originalism is bunk. Liberal lawyers shouldn’t fall for it.

The more liberals present originalist arguments, the more they legitimate originalism. → Read More

The Supreme Court has lost its ethical compass. Can it find one fast?

The Supreme Court is in the midst of an ethics crisis. Can John Roberts fix it? → Read More

Garland’s appointment of a special counsel was cautious. But also bold.

Trump should not sleep soundly. → Read More

Should Garland appoint a Trump special counsel? The best cases — and an answer.

The attorney general faces a difficult decision on an inherent conflict of interest → Read More

The tragedy of John Roberts

As the chief justice begins his 18th term, he is at times an isolated and even tragic figure. → Read More

The biggest and least known fight of the 2022 election

The real contest of 2022? The battle for state supreme courts. → Read More

What hope would Thurgood Marshall see now?

The Supreme Court nears a travesty of its own making. → Read More

Originalism as parody in conservative judges’ latest gun-law rulings

Americans' ability to protect themselves against gun violence is becoming limited by what federal judges, posing as amateur historians, can dig up about Revolutionary era statutes. → Read More

You thought the Supreme Court’s last term was bad? Brace yourself.

The stage is set for the Supreme Court to march deeper into liberal territory. → Read More

Two Republican women, two visions of what ails America

Liz Cheney and Harriett Hageman see two different American dystopias. → Read More

What Chief Justice Roberts misses

The Supreme Court’s relationship with public opinion is more nuanced than the chief justice’s remarks suggest. → Read More

A Texas judge mounts a new assault on privacy rights

His interpretation of the law would carve a gaping loophole in antidiscrimination protections. That might suit the conservative Supreme Court just fine. → Read More

A $1.6 billion donation points to a bipartisan scandal

Congratulations. No one knows who is paying for our elections now. → Read More

Merrick Garland is no cowboy

The portrayal of Garland as the great politicizer is a smear of a man who has devoted his career to ensuring the opposite. → Read More

Why I fear Indiana, not Kansas, charts the future of abortion rights in America

Gerrymandering helps explain the difference between the two states' abortion laws. → Read More

Indiana’s cruel abortion bill is a warning of post-Roe reality

No restriction short of an absolute, unyielding ban will satisfy some abortion opponents. → Read More

Now we know the truth on what Trump sought to obscure about Jan. 6

Here's what Liz Cheney and the House committee taught us. → Read More

I’m no longer doubtful: If Garland has a case, Trump must be prosecuted

What changed my mind? The evidence. → Read More

Even conservative justices have a right to privacy

We can protest the court's decisions without terrorizing justices' families. → Read More