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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. Listen to his podcast, “Bends Toward Justice” here. 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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Sure, things seem bad. But there are some reasons to be cheerful in 2022 | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - January 5, 2022

Even if President Joe Biden is no FDR, it is still true that the only thing we have to be pessimistic about is pessimism itself.

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How should the law adjust to the Rittenhouse verdict? | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 21, 2021

First, government officials can take a firmer and clearer hand in dealing with violent protests. Arson and looting are not part of any legitimate political expression. State and local governments can only keep out private gunmen if officials are able to protect lives and property. No widespread arson, no Kyle Rittenhouse.

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Stop calling Kyle Rittenhouse a hero. He killed two unarmed people | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 9, 2021

Based on the Rittenhouse verdict, the rest of us are now unsafe around anyone with a gun

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Maybe deficits do matter after all | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 24, 2021

Both political parties have been irresponsible about the national debt. Do the Dems want to make it worse?

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No, this isn’t Facebook’s ‘Big Tobacco’ moment | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 9, 2021

When dealing with constitutionally protected speech, the government needs to tread carefully.

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Here’s what’s at stake in Texas abortion case before U.S. Supreme Court | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 1, 2021

The Biden administration is arguing today that We the People have a legitimate interest in Texas’s continuing and flagrant violation of constitutional rights. Hopefully the Supreme Court will agree.

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No, Joe Biden and the Dems are not collapsing | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - October 13, 2021

There are no easy answers to these problems. Nor is any president who honestly tries to address them going run up great polling numbers

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The 2021 race for Pa. Supreme Court: The questions the candidates have to answer | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 28, 2021

Simply put, I don’t trust the Democrats and I am afraid of the Republicans. Here's how they can convince me and other skeptics.

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Did Pa. Supreme Court Justice David Wecht herald the death of God? | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 16, 2021

I have a book coming out in a few weeks that argues that America’s deep divisions are the fallout from the Death of God proclaimed by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in 1882. But, I am asked, how can God be dead when most Americans say that they believe in God and almost half of Americans […]

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The steal in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, explained | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 2, 2021

While popular, it's really not that much better than the current electoral college system

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DOJ’s refusal to defend Mo Brooks was wrong; prosecuting Trump would be worse | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 20, 2021

Democrats need to govern in a way that guarantees they openly and fairly win elections. Anything else is a distraction

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What a novel can teach us about religion in America | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 3, 2021

We don’t even realize that this loss of faith is the reason for our troubles. That is why we are not doing anything about it.