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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 "This vicious death spiral his already happening in Wisconsin in the aftermath of Governor Scott Walker’s 2011 assault on public unions and the state’s subsequent implementation of right-to-work policies." (Photo: Skeeze) Views
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Is Janus the Final Chapter of the Right’s War on Unions?
If the oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court on February 26 in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 give any indication of the ultimate ruling, public employee unions across the country are destined for a crushing defeat. That defeat, should it come...
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A September rally in San Francisco to protect net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission recently voted 3-2 to end the Obama-era policy. Legal observers expect a number of lawsuits to be filed in January challenging the change. (Credo Action / Wikimedia) Views
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Six Major Legal Battles of 2017 Will Persist in 2018
Every American president influences the course of our law and legal institutions through Supreme Court appointments or by pushing legislation and executive orders. But few have had as much impact in one year as the current occupant of the White House, Donald J. Trump. An intemperate, burgeoning...
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Panic in Trumpland, But Clinton Camp Should Be Wary
It’s no longer a rumor. The first grand jury indictment drafted by Justice Department special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has been filed. As expected by many who have followed Mueller’s work since his appointment in May , Paul Manafort Jr., Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign manager, has...
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First and foremost, only the most cockeyed optimists could believe that Vice President Mike Pence would lead what would amount to a de facto palace coup against Trump by initiating the procedures outlined in Section 4. Nor, as an aside, would the nation be better off by having Pence—a religious fanatic and radical homophobe—take charge of the federal government. Views
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Existing Law May Not Solve Presidential Crisis
For those of you looking for a legal avenue to cut short the tenure of the 45th president of the United States—our very own real-life madman in the high tower—I have some good news, and some bad. Starting with the upside, your ranks are growing. According to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted...
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Judicial Roadmap for the Supreme Court Veers Right
There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.—Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” Get ready for change. After moving to the political center the past three terms, the Supreme Court is poised to take a turn back to the...
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Justice Neil Gorsuch Has Landed, to the Delight of the American Right
The biggest story coming from the Supreme Court these days doesn’t concern the cases the court decided during its recently completed October 2016 term. The biggest story—and it’s one that will resound for decades—is that Neil Gorsuch has replaced the deceased Antonin Scalia as the panel’s ninth...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General
Don’t let his languid Southern drawl or physical resemblance to the kindly Keebler elves fool you. Ever. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the nation’s 84th attorney general, is neither laid back nor kind. To the contrary, he’s the most dangerous member of the Trump Cabinet. What’s more, he’s...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Trump’s War on Immigrants Has Already Reached the Supreme Court
If you’ve been waiting for President Donald John Trump’s war on immigrants to reach the Supreme Court, your wait is over. The battle has already begun. No, the conflict hasn’t come to the top court by way of Trump’s high-profile “Muslim ban,” which has been enjoined by a series of lower court...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Meet Neil Gorsuch, the New Antonin Scalia
Just when we might have thought we’d seen Donald Trump at his zaniest (say, in the first presidential debate) and most dangerous (say, in his executive order on immigration last week), he outdid himself with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, 49, a judge from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (...
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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Talk of Impeaching Trump May Be Premature, But Its Time Will Come
Donald Trump has yet to be inaugurated, but talk of impeachment has been in the air since the day after the election. It’s been promoted by an array of influential commentators, both progressive and conservative—from filmmaker Michael Moore on the left to New York Times columnist David Brooks on...
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