Garrett Epps, Washington Monthly

Garrett Epps

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Past articles by Garrett:

It's Clarence Thomas's Court—and Lower Courts Are Saluting Him

Inside the ruling in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down a gun ban for those who have committed domestic violence. → Read More

The Washington Monthly Way

Write. Edit. Rethink. Rewrite. Repeat. → Read More

A Rare Inside Look at Our Corrupt Supreme Court

Rob Schenck, the evangelical pastor turned spymaster, has unearthed how the high court really works and highlights the need for Congress and the public to rein in the rogue justices. → Read More

Biden Can Raise the Debt Ceiling Without Congress

Another Republican-engineered default crisis is looming, but this time a Democratic president should use a little-understood provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to save the day. → Read More

Ruby Freeman's Powerful Testimony at the January 6 Hearing

At the January 6 hearings this week, Ruby Freeman recalled counting ballots on Election Night—and how Trump, Giuliani, and their goons tore her life apart. → Read More

Giuliani's Intoxication, Trump's Big Rip-Off, And Other Tales From the January 6th Committee Hearing

In its second public hearing, the committee exposes a White House as laughable as it was criminal. → Read More

The January 6 Committee's Fatal Connections

Congressional hearings tend to leave sounds and images lingering in the mind. I will never forget the methodical drone of John Dean’s voice explaining that he had told Richard Nixon there was a cancer on his presidency, or the bland sangfroid of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman correcting Representative Devin Nunes, “Ranking member, it’s ‘Lieutenant Colonel […] → Read More

The Supreme Court and the Originalist Fallacy

As the Court’s conservative majority readies opinions on abortion and guns, they cling to the idea that we can know what the Founders meant. It’s not that simple. → Read More

Alito's Arrogance and the End of Roe

The leaked draft of the abortion opinion is hypocritical concern trolling—and proof that the Court’s majority is an extension of the Republican Party. → Read More

The Supreme Court's Callous Blow to Puerto Ricans

Justice Kavanaugh and a Supreme Court majority rule that a commonwealth’s citizen can be denied a federal benefit available to other Americans. Only Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch see the injustice. → Read More

Ketanji Brown Jackson Was a Public Defender. Here's Why That's a Great Thing.

Jackson would be the first justice since Thurgood Marshall to represent significant numbers of criminal defendants. I learned firsthand how important that is. → Read More

The Supreme Court Considers a Family Divided

What must a parent endure to prevent their child being sent abroad to be with an abusive parent? The justices take up a Solomonic case this fall. → Read More

Walter Dellinger's House of Mirth

One of the great lawyers of his generation brought not only intellect to bear on the law, but also joy and a vibrant, self-deprecating humor. → Read More

Donald Trump Promised He Wouldn't Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

It may be forgotten, but he vowed as much. So those getting an ulcer over Biden’s pledge should reflect on that. → Read More

The Practical Erudition of Stephen Breyer

The eloquent former Eagle Scout quoted Oscar Wilde, believed in pragmatism, understood Congress, oozed decency, and wanted the law to work for people. → Read More

How to Fix the Senate by Essentially—Though Not Quite—Abolishing It

A proposed amendment to remake the chamber that is systematically killing our democracy. → Read More

The Washington Monthly’s Indispensable Chutzpah

In 1979, I wrote in The Washington Post about the minor miracle that this magazine had lasted 10 years. Now, it’s almost 53 years old. And we need your support to keep it going. → Read More

The Supreme Court’s Biggest Concern About Overturning Roe? What That Will Mean for Itself.

As Wednesday’s oral argument made clear, the justices care far more about the high court’s reputation than the lives of millions of women. → Read More

Are the Courts Getting Ready to Crack Down on Reporters?

A ruling blocking The New York Times from covering a far-right activist group has ominous implications for the First Amendment. → Read More

How the Trump Era Changed the Supreme Court

Justices still try to convince the public that they are not guided by politics. They are insulting the American people’s intelligence. → Read More