Oral argument in Bill of Attainder case

June 13, 2016 | By WENCONG FA

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of California heard oral argument last week in Fowler v. Lanier. The case involves AB 1513, a state law that created an affirmative defense for agricultural businesses in the wake of surprising California court decisions. This affirmative defense was available to every employer except for Fowle ...


No, the Constitution does not allow legislators to act as judges

April 01, 2016 | By WENCONG FA

You’ve read about it in history books. You’ve seen in it on The Tudors. During the seventeenth century, British Parliament presided over specific cases, heard evidence on criminal charges, and voted on the guilt of individuals accused of certain wrongs. The practice shocked the Framers. They ratified the bill of attainder clauses in th ...