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Past articles by Bill:

Unequal justice: Taking Ron DeSantis to Court

To challenge the GOP’s latest cruel stunt, advocates hope to make their civil-rights a case class action suit. → Read More

President Joe Biden's 'semi-fascism' remark was no gaffe

In an August 25 speech in Rockville, Md., aimed at drumming up support for Democrats ahead of the midterms, President Biden tarred Donald Trump and the MAGA movement with the dreaded "F" word. → Read More

The FBI's Mar-a-Lago search was Donald Trump's 'Al Capone moment'

If you’re looking for a figure from history to compare Donald Trump to in the wake of the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, I have a suggestion that may surprise you: Al Capone. → Read More

The era of right-wing judicial supremacy

The U.S. Supreme Court has entered a legal fantasy world: advancing a regressive political agenda free from democratic accountability. → Read More

Picturing Steve Bannon in an orange jumpsuit and what that could mean for Donald Trump

If you are tired of waiting for Attorney General Merrick Garland to indict Donald Trump for seditious conspiracy, insurrection, obstruction of Congress, or any other crime involving the attempt to overturn the 2020 election, I have some words of consolation: Steve Bannon’s trial for contempt of Cong → Read More

Julian Assange deserves your support if you believe in a free press

On June 17 2022, the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom approved the U.S. government's request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Although Assange plans to appeal the decision, the move brings him one step closer to being sent to the U.S., where he faces trial under an 18-count indictm → Read More

Will the January 6th Committee help save American democracy or be its epitaph?

Ihave a lot of respect for the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. After meeting in closed session for nearly a year, interviewing more than a thousand witnesses and gathering more than 100,000 documents, the nine-member committee will begin a series → Read More

The Supreme Court has blood on its hands

The court is about to take Second Amendment fundamentalism to a new and even more dangerous level. → Read More

Was Roe versus Wade doomed from the start?

The leaked Supreme Court memo about the overturning of Roe v. Wade has sent shock waves throughout the United States. The decision, if confirmed, will eliminate the constitutional right to abortion, allowing for states to restrict or ban the practice altogether. The procedure continues to be one of → Read More

Samuel Alito is spearheading the criminalization of abortion

If the draft decision stands, terminating a pregnancy will become illegal in twenty-six states and perhaps the nation as a whole. → Read More

Why the House January 6th panel should subpoena Donald Trump

The January 6 committee has made it official: After a year of meeting in closed session, interviewing over 900 witnesses and gathering more than 100,000 documents, the committee will hold at least eight public hearings. The action will commence on live TV with the first hearing on June 9. → Read More

'No single justice is more responsible for this crisis than Clarence Thomas': can SCOTUS be redeemed?

As I have written before, the U.S. Supreme Court is facing a crisis of legitimacy driven by a growing public perception that the court is a political institution dominated by conservative activists masquerading as impartial guardians of the Constitution. → Read More

Merrick Garland has more than enough evidence to indict Donald Trump

I know you've heard this before--that accountability is coming for Donald Trump and his cronies for triggering the Jan. 6th insurrection--but this time, something new and different has happened. On March 28, Federal District Court Judge David O. Carter ruled that Trump and former Chapman University → Read More

Why there are very few legal avenues for holding Vladimir Putin accountable for war crimes

On March 16, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Russia to “immediately suspend” its invasion of Ukraine. The ruling came on a resounding 13-2 vote, with only the court’s Russian and Chinese judges dissenting. → Read More

The United States should join the ICC to hold Vladimir Putin accountable for war crimes: lawyer

Is there a legal remedy for Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine? → Read More

Panel debates whether American imperialism can save Ukraine

Lawyer and journalist Bill Blum on Monday hosted a discussion with political analyst Eric Draitser and surgeon and former intelligence officer Dr. Keith Rose about the conflict in Ukraine and what it means for the world. → Read More

Debunking Vladimir Putin's antisemitic Ukraine propaganda

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has come to my Facebook page. You may have experienced something similar if you haven’t already abandoned the “metaverse.” → Read More

How the Supreme Court is turning back the clock on election law — and advancing voter suppression

If I asked you to name the most important opinion handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court during Earl Warren’s sixteen-year tenure (1953-69) as Chief Justice, you’d probably cite Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark, unanimous ruling that ended legal segregation in public schools. → Read More

The question is no longer whether Trump’s MAGA movement is fascist — but can we defeat it?

The Republican Party’s embrace of fascism is now open and notorious, and impossible to ignore. With the exception of a few stragglers and diehards, the party has been captured by Donald Trump and the MAGA movement he has spawned. → Read More

Ivanka Trump must be feeling the heat — will she turn on her father?

This story first appeared at BlumsLaw. → Read More