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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Special Counsel Robert Mueller arrives to make a statement about the Russia investigation on May 29, 2019 at the Justice Department. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 05, 2019
Here Are 10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller
After weeks of dithering, the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees have subpoenaed Robert Mueller to testify July 17 about his investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Mueller has reluctantly agreed to honor the...
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Driven as always by self-interest and opportunism, Trump has now flipped from professing his “love” for WikiLeaks during the campaign to targeting Assange as part of the enemy. (Photo: Reuters) Views
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Unequal Justice: Julian Assange Is an Enemy in Trump’s War on the First Amendment
The prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act represents a dangerous turn in President Donald Trump’s war on the First Amendment. Whether you love Assange or loathe him, it is vital to understand the eighteen-count indictment filed against him on May 23 in the context...
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Why Are Democrats So Scared of Impeachment?
TD Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series examining the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr, and the challenges their assertions of extreme executive authority pose to Congress. Read the first part here . Why haven’t...
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With Barr by his side, there will be few limits to Trump’s aggrandizement of power. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP) Views
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
The Ominous Implications of William Barr’s Testimony
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series examining Attorney General William Barr’s testimony on the extent of presidential power and the challenge his assertions and relationship with President Trump present to Congress. The most shocking aspect of Attorney General William Barr’s May 1...
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Unequal Justice: As the Next Census Approaches, Will the Supreme Court Side with Trump in his War on Immigrants?
he Supreme Court appears poised to hand Donald Trump another victory in his war on immigrants. Last year, in Trump v. Hawaii , the court upheld the President’s Muslim travel ban as a proper exercise of executive branch authority. This year’s battle, in Department of Commerce v. New York , concerns...
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (Photo: Wikimedia Commos) Views
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Dangerous and Unrelenting Extremism of Clarence Thomas
Do Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices get more liberal as they age? A formidable body of academic research suggests that they do. This idea offers a sliver of comfort to those alarmed by Donald Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s most powerful judicial...
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While there is little question that Trump has the legal authority to declare a state of emergency, it remains to be seen whether doing so will actually get him the money he wants for the border wall. (Photo: Victoria Pickering / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Views
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
This Is How American Democracy Ends
“If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over it, go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.” —Donald Trump, 2004 commencement address , Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. (unearthed by “The Daily Show”) For the time being, President Trump has toned down his threat...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday. (Photo: Evan Vucci / AP) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Donald Trump Will Not Go Quietly Like Nixon
“History,” as Mark Twain reputedly remarked, “doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” As we flip the calendar to a new year, Donald Trump would be well-advised to take careful heed of Twain’s maxim. Unless Trump suddenly discovers an untapped reservoir of self-restraint, he’s going to confront...
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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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