Bill Blum

Bill Blum

Bill Blum is a former administrative law judge and death penalty defense attorney. He is the author of three legal thrillers published by Penguin/Putnam and a contributing writer for California Lawyer Magazine. His non-fiction work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, ranging from The Nation and The Progressive to the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine.

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Monday, December 03, 2018
5 Reasons Trump Won’t Fire Mueller
For those who fear that Donald Trump is about to lower the boom on special counsel Robert Mueller, take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Despite all you’ve heard from Trump himself, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and law professor Alan Dershowitz about the commander-in-chief’s unfettered...
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For better or worse, federal judicial appointments are for life. (Photo: Wikicommons) Views
Friday, November 16, 2018
Unequal Justice: Ginsburg’s Ribs and the Future of SCOTUS
The biggest story coming out of the U.S. Supreme Court these days is no longer the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. It’s the tumble Ruth Bader Ginsburg took in her office earlier this month, which resulted in three fractured ribs. Although Ginsburg is out of the hospital and expected to return to...
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President Donald Trump claims he can end birthright citizenship with a swipe of his pen. (Andrew Harnik / AP) Views
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
The Attacks on Birthright Citizenship Are Just the Beginning
If you think the attacks on birthright citizenship led by our ignoramus-in-chief are just a midterm issue, think again. Beneath the bluster, the attacks are a rallying cry for voter suppression and will in all likelihood accelerate as the 2020 presidential race begins in earnest. The attacks,...
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 The administration touted Kavanaugh’s pro-business record during his twelve-year tenure as an appellate judge, asserting that the nominee had voted to “overrule federal regulators seventy-five times on cases involving clean air, consumer protections, net neutrality and other issues.”(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Unequal Justice: Why Trump Picked Kavanaugh
When President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at a televised ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 9, both he and the nominee uttered a whopping pack of lies. “In keeping with President Reagan’s...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Win McNamee / AP) Views
Monday, October 08, 2018
5 Truths Exposed by Kavanaugh's Rise to the Supreme Court
The ballots have been cast and the verdict is in: By a vote of 50-48, the Senate on Saturday confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the 114 th justice of the United States Supreme Court. Here are five key takeaways from the confirmation battle: Kavanaugh’s confirmation proves once again that the courts,...
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If you’re Paul Manafort, your days as a nattily attired Washington lobbyist and power broker are long gone.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
After the Flip, What’s Next for Manafort, Mueller and Trump?
Now that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, has entered into a cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, the question on nearly every observer’s mind is, “What comes next?” The answer depends, of course, on whether you’re Manafort, Mueller or Trump. Although...
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There are untold numbers of malignant narcissists in America and throughout the world. But only one has at his fingertips the codes that could ignite a nuclear holocaust. (Photo: The Progressive) Views
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Unequal Justice: From Russiagate to Trumpgate
The greatest immediate threat to American democracy isn’t Russian intervention in our elections. It’s Donald Trump. So if you’re searching for a term to express the dangers posed by Trump’s presidency, don’t invoke “Russiagate.” Think instead of “Trumpgate.” Although I am not the first to use the...
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Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh and the Triumph of the Conservative Counterrevolution
As much as we have dreaded this moment, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court are upon us. Barring a miracle bordering on the Immaculate Conception, the committee will vote along party lines to approve the nomination, and shortly...
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"Unless Trump fires Mueller and gets away with it, the president’s supporters can expect additional phases of depression."(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Paul Manafort and the Five Stages of 'Mueller Derangement Syndrome'
There’s one thing you can count on when the first of two scheduled trials involving former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort gets underway this week in a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Va. No, it’s not that Manafort, who faces 18 felony counts of financial fraud and tax evasion, will be...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Supreme Court Update: Kavanaugh Is No Kennedy, and Kennedy Was No Centrist
There is a growing consensus among legal commentators that D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh will move the Supreme Court sharply to the right should the Senate confirm his nomination. Kavanaugh is a loyal Republican operative who has championed conservative causes at every step of his professional...
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