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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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Donald Trump’s Empty Blustering Reveals a Narcissist Who Can’t Fathom Defeat
The highlight of the third and, thankfully, final presidential debate last Wednesday came roughly at the midway point , when Donald Trump refused to say that he would accept the results of November’s election. Since then, Trump has doubled down on his position, declaring he would accept the outcome...
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Sunday, October 02, 2016
A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil
As the Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 3, an old adage comes to mind. It was first penned by the satirist Finley Peter Dunne in 1901. Purged of its original Irish brogue, the saying admonishes: “The Supreme Court follows the election returns.” Never has Mr. Dunne’s observation seemed more...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Antonin Scalia and the Clear and Present Danger of Second Amendment Fundamentalism
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. —Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. If you’re looking for someone to blame for the continuing partisan paralysis on gun control...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Why Bernie Sanders is Still Standing
According to the conventional wisdom , the quixotic presidential run of Bernie Sanders should be over. In fact, by conventional standards, his campaign should barely have gotten off the ground. As a self-described “democratic socialist” in a country where the “S” word has been anathema for most of...
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Monday, May 02, 2016
Keeping Wall Street Speeches Secret Speaks Volumes About Hillary Clinton
It’s been roughly three months since Hillary Clinton promised, during her Feb. 4 debate with Bernie Sanders on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, to “look into” releasing the transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street investment houses. If you’re a stickler for...
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Saturday, February 13, 2016
After Antonin Scalia’s Death, What’s Next for the Supreme Court?
Justice Antonin Scalia is dead , and his passing is nothing less than a legal and political earthquake. It will have a huge impact, not only on the court’s present term but on the course of constitutional law. Beginning with his appointment to the high court in 1986, Scalia was the intellectual...
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Friday, August 23, 2013
If You Love Pfc. Manning, Help Set Her Free
Now that Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has been sentenced to serve 35 years behind bars, her backers face the very practical question of how they can best continue their support and show their love for the diminutive, bespectacled 25-year-old soldier whose cause they have so long championed. The answer may seem like a no-brainer, but in truth it’s only partly so.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Health Care Mandate Threatens Progressive Legacy
Day two of the historic arguments before the United States Supreme Court on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is a wrap, and it’s hard to see the ultimate outcome being anything less than a total train wreck for the administration and a long-awaited godsend for the American right.
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