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.
The San Francisco school board’s vote removing Lincoln’s, Washington’s names was was wrong. Here’s why | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - February 10, 2021
The school board’s error was in failing to understand the category of the moral crimes of an age.
Pa. Rep. Mike Kelly came closer than you think to stealing the election for Trump | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
Pa. Senate Republicans need to seat Sen. Jim Brewster | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
What can Democrats learn from Trump’s 2020 performance? | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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
What will a post-Trump U.S. Supreme Court look like? It might not be all that bad for liberals | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
The Electoral College is dangerously vulnerable to manipulation. It’s time to fix it | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
This year’s divided electorate is a reminder of why we need workable, governing majorities | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
Alito, conservative justices are fighting old ghosts in Pa. Count all the ballots | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
We need independent judicial review. We don’t need the filibuster. Let’s get rid of it | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - October 21, 2020
We need independent judicial review. We don’t need the filibuster. We need to get rid of it.
The one religious question that Amy Coney Barrett shouldn’t have to answer | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
McConnell’s lust to control the Supreme Court could destroy it | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.
Political tribalism is trumping accountability. That’s bad for democracy | Bruce Ledewitz
By: Bruce Ledewitz - 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.