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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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The San Francisco school board’s vote removing Lincoln’s, Washington’s names was was wrong. Here’s why | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - February 10, 2021

The school board’s error was in failing to understand the category of the moral crimes of an age.

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Pa. Rep. Mike Kelly came closer than you think to stealing the election for Trump | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - January 28, 2021

It’s hard to believe Kelly would have sued if Trump had won. Suing only when his candidate lost was the classic heads-I-win, tails-you-lose.

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Pa. Senate Republicans need to seat Sen. Jim Brewster | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - January 11, 2021

Republicans are hardly standing on principle in the Brewster matter. Ziccarelli is seeking to disenfranchise ordinary Pennsylvania voters because they made an innocent mistake.

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What can Democrats learn from Trump’s 2020 performance? | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 29, 2020

The fundamental lessons to learn from Trump’s election performance are that voters want order and prosperity. Both are necessary starting points for any kind of social progress

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What will a post-Trump U.S. Supreme Court look like? It might not be all that bad for liberals | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 16, 2020

it is far better to leave the court alone to do its job. Even when we don’t entirely agree with the job that it does. 

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The Electoral College is dangerously vulnerable to manipulation. It’s time to fix it | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 2, 2020

The Electoral College certainly can be criticized. But it does work in its fashion. Its actual dangers are real, however, and should be addressed.

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This year’s divided electorate is a reminder of why we need workable, governing majorities | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 18, 2020

America needs one of the two parties to become a durable governing majority. Each could, but each have flaws they need to overcome first.

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Alito, conservative justices are fighting old ghosts in Pa. Count all the ballots | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 5, 2020

In September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in an opinion by Justice Max Baer for a 4-3 court, extended the day that mail-in ballots could be received.

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We need independent judicial review. We don’t need the filibuster. Let’s get rid of it | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - October 21, 2020

We need independent judicial review. We don’t need the filibuster. We need to get rid of it.

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The one religious question that Amy Coney Barrett shouldn’t have to answer | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - October 7, 2020

Barrett should not be criticized concerning her religious and moral commitments. She should be criticized over her lack of concern for justice.

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McConnell’s lust to control the Supreme Court could destroy it | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 22, 2020

McConnell was never going to allow a liberal majority on the Supreme Court if he could stop it. Now the stage is set for a political battle.

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Political tribalism is trumping accountability. That’s bad for democracy | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 10, 2020

We used to be single-issue voters. Now we're single-party voters. But that doesn't mean our tribe gets a free pass for bad actions.