Since 2010, there has been great debate over the controversial ruling, Citizens United. Most recently, the Montana Supreme Court challenged the decision while Senator McCain called it “one of the worst decisions I have ever seen.” Lawyer2Lawyer co-host and attorney J. Craig Williams welcomes Attorney Joseph M. Birkenstock, former chief counsel of the Democratic National Committee and Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Center for Competitive Politics and former Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, for an in-depth discussion on the impact of the ruling during an election year and its influence on the upcoming Presidential election.
With the Supreme Court’s 2010-2011 term over, looking back, there have been some decisions handed down by the Justices that have created a stir. From the controversial ruling of the Wal-Mart discrimination case, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, to the court’s rejection of a ban on violent video games, Brown v. EMA, this was by no means an ordinary term. Attorneys and co-hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams welcome Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for The National Law Journal, American Lawyer Media, and law.com and Amy Howe, editor of SCOTUSblog, to look back at the 2010-2011 term, the Justices, spotlight the biggest cases of the term and look ahead to the upcoming term.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy, allegedly accepting campaign contributions to cover-up the extramarital affair with his former aide, Rielle Hunter. Did John Edwards violate federal election law? Or is this a campaign ethics violation? Attorneys and co-host J. Craig Williams welcome Peter J. Henning, Professor at Wayne State University Law School and Professor Richard L. Hasen, a nationally-recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, to discuss the charges and how the prosecution and defense will handle this controversial legal case.
Last week in a 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled under the First Amendment, the government may not ban political spending by corporations and unions in candidate elections, radically changing campaign finance law. Co-host and Attorney J. Craig Williams welcomes Professor Ned Foley, Professor of Law at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and Professor Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, to discuss this Supreme Court ruling and the impact this ruling will have on state, judicial and legislative elections.