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.
Only you can prevent amendment abuse | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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: Bruce Ledewitz - August 29, 2022
It means that the Democrats' chances of retaining control of Congress and the White House just improved.
Few lessons for Pa. from Kansas abortion vote. GOP still should beware | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - August 16, 2022
Republicans run the risk of creating the very constitutional right to abortion they are trying to prevent.
This is the right moment for the Democrats to run a fiscal hawk | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - August 2, 2022
A balanced budget is the way to bring back the working class, especially voters of color.
The Supreme Court’s abortion, EPA rulings could open the door to more democracy | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - July 19, 2022
The cases that are bothering people require a democratic political response. They do not demand a surrender.
Does the end of Roe mean the end of the anti-abortion movement? | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - July 8, 2022
A minority got something the majority doesn't want. Imposing their will won't be as easy as they think.
Tax cuts cause inflation, too. We need to resist quick fixes | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - June 21, 2022
The bottom line: Inflation is far worse than higher taxes.
Here’s a path to practical, immediate gun reform | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - June 9, 2022
Ban all body armor sales for civilians and slap a hefty tax on assault weapons and ammo.
Debating when Clarence Thomas should recuse himself is the wrong argument | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - May 24, 2022
The question really is whether we can trust the justices not to be zealous, partisan fanatics. Some Americans don't. And that's the issue.
A leak? The Supreme Court tipped its hand on abortion long ago | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - May 11, 2022
The justices harmed the rule of law when they refused to enjoin Texas' restrictive, six-week abortion ban
How a shuttered bathroom at a Pgh grocery store explains structural racism | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - April 27, 2022
Structural racism does not require evil people dressed in white robes to be effective. It operates quietly, but relentlessly.
Toomey’s vote against Ketanji Brown Jackson set a dangerous precedent. Here’s why | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - April 14, 2022
Justices don't make campaign promises. They interpret the law - and that perspective can change over time.