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.
Mr. Justice Breyer, Thank you for your service. Now please retire | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - July 22, 2021
Breyer will not change the law by remaining on the court. But he might do so by resigning.
Yes, Allegheny Co. DA Zappala should resign or be impeached. No, he shouldn’t be the target of legal discipline | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - July 9, 2021
Even if you think Zappala should stay in office, you should still want that decision to rest with the political branches of government.
We are all Jews now. To fight anti-semitism, it’s time to don a Kippah | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - June 23, 2021
Anti-Semitism threatens us all. We are all Jews. And we must show solidarity - here's an easy way to do that.
We never needed a Jan. 6 Commission. We need a Nov. 3 Commission. This is why | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - June 9, 2021
We know what caused the insurrection. What we need to do is convince millions of Americans that the election was not stolen from Donald Trump.
Those constitutional amendments were aimed at the Pa. Supreme Court as much as they were at Wolf | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - May 26, 2021
The state Supreme Court, not the executive, is the branch of government that is out of control.
A closer look at Pa.’s fraught 2021 ballot questions | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - May 12, 2021
With any luck, Pennsylvanians concerned to restore balance in the separation-of-powers will vote to amend Art. III Section 9 by voting yes on Question 1, but vote against adding a baroque process to Art. IV by voting no on Question 2.
America won’t find God. But we might find something else | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - May 4, 2021
We can’t and won’t all find God. But we can reconnect with each other within a beneficent universe.
There’s a pro-abortion rights case to be made for keeping the Hyde Amendment | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - April 22, 2021
The elimination of the Hyde Amendment would energize and radicalize the anti-abortion movement.
What to do about the coming crisis in the Rule of Law | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - April 8, 2021
The view that judges are partisan and will rule for their side if they can is the opposite of the promise of the rule of law.
Learning to love one-party rule: A Beginner’s Guide | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - March 24, 2021
In a hyper-partisan time like ours, one-party rule means that things can get done. It also fosters competition between the parties.
Lawmakers, Wolf need to clarify Pa.’s mail-in voting law before 2022 | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - March 9, 2021
One thing we know: We don’t want another round of post-election litigation in 2022, like the long list of cases that were filed in 2020.
We have to defeat the myth of the stolen election. We risk destroying our democracy if we don’t | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - February 24, 2021
The Nazis used the myth that the Germany had been 'stabbed in the back' during World War I to destroy the Weimar Republic. We risk a similar fate if we don't act now.