Bruce Ledewitz

Bruce Ledewitz

Opinion contributor Bruce Ledewitz teaches constitutional law at Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star’s Commentary Page. He hosts the “Bends Toward Justice” podcast. His latest book, “The Universe Is On Our Side: Restoring Faith in American Public Life,” is out now. His opinions do not represent the position of Duquesne University Law School.

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If I were a betting man: Some predictions for the year we have left | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - January 25, 2023

Predictions are difficult, especially, as Yogi Berra might have said, about the future.


On Pope Benedict, science, faith, and his legacy | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - January 10, 2023

The most conservative of popes showed a surprising openness to dialogue.


Do all dogs go to Heaven? How our secular culture views death | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 28, 2022

Americans seem to want the promises and benefits of religion without the rigors of belief and faith.


The one good thing about the independent state legislature theory | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 16, 2022

The doctrine, for all its faults, would protect the public from judicial partisanship.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Why the courts should stop Philly DA Larry Krasner’s impeachment trial | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 7, 2022

The effort to remove Krasner is a recall masquerading as an impeachment. And Pa., unlike other states, doesn't have recall.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland

When it comes to prosecuting Trump, Merrick Garland needs to decide already | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 29, 2022

Donald Trump needs to be removed from public life. It's time for the AG to fish or cut bait.


The midterms were good news for Dems, but even better news for the country | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 15, 2022

Even with a GOP-controlled House, there’s still the prospect of bipartisan wins for President Joe Biden.


A law professors’ symposium asks: Should we control the U.S. Supreme Court? | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - October 26, 2022

Yes, American law has a future. The constitutional project is not exhausted. It is not over.

Sunrise at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel (Getty Images).

There’s a secular need for the High Holy Days. This is why | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - October 11, 2022

Who doesn’t long to start again? Who doesn’t wish to shed all the mistakes of the past?


The nation’s debt limit serves no purpose. It should be eliminated | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 27, 2022

Invoking the debt limit keeps the government from paying bills we already owe.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Only you can prevent amendment abuse | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 13, 2022

Because we get so much of our news online, many Pennsylvanians did not see the advertisement of five proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that were published in Pennsylvania newspapers on Thursday, Sept. 1 — three months before the next general election as prescribed by the state constitution. If approved in the next legislative session, […]


Trump isn’t going to jail. And that’s good news for Democrats | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 29, 2022

It means that the Democrats' chances of retaining control of Congress and the White House just improved.