Andy Love: So before we get too maudlin as we look back on those less vulgar days of bipartisanship, good fellowship and the rule of law, let’s talk about Iran Contra.
Andy Love: Trump’s daughter and son-in-law run amok in the White House as senior advisers to the president, sorely lacking security clearances, much less the requisite qualifications and experience.
Andy Love: He knows that the indictments have not by any stretch absolved him of “collusion” and he knows that Mueller is just getting started. Meanwhile, Melania is surely not providing badly needed ballast after yet another bombshell report about another affair.
Andy Love: Having a client executed — a man who you worked with for seven years, who you cared about and who cared about you — is not something one gets over easily.
Andy Love: John McCain has now made explicit what has been a poorly kept secret—that the Republicans will continue to oppose whatever nominee the next Democratic president selects.
Andy Love: California’s death penalty system is so dysfunctional that even after 35 years, issues regarding the reliability of his conviction and the fairness of his death sentence have not been resolved. And now they never will be because Bernard Hamilton has died of “natural causes” at the age of 64.
Andy Love: I for one, don’t want the Senate to confirm this particular nominee, particularly given his pro-prosecution record on criminal justice issues. I may be wrong, but I doubt if there are many progressive advocacy groups excited to mobilize for his nomination either.
Andy Love: Apart from the barbarity of the death penalty, the absence of meaningful safeguards to ensure that death sentences are not unreliably and arbitrarily imposed and carried out should be deeply disturbing to anyone who cares about fairness and justice.
Andy Love: The infrequency of executions and the randomness with regard to which condemned inmates actually will be executed have made a mockery of the supposedly rational justifications for the death penalty.
Andy Love: Scalia and Thomas were featured guests at a retreat of wealthy Republicans and conservative leaders organized by Charles and David Koch, the brothers who finance right wing causes from the money they made from their energy conglomerate.
Andy Love: Issa’s relentless pursuit of the president, culminating in this investigation of a trumped-up scandal is nothing more than cynical political theater.
Andy Love: While Democrats are merely trying to maintain the status quo, they should be building the groundwork for more progressive reforms to help students, such as 0% loans and/or free tuition as public colleges.
Andy Love: Elections do have consequences, as they say, and the electorate needs to understand that the consequences this time around couldn’t be more serious. If ever there was a time for the President to run against the Court, it is now.