Government teachers especially, take note.
The trial started yesterday in the U.S. Senate.
I gather that George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley joined the defense of Judge Porteus. Turley is very much the patron saint-attorney for almost-lost legal causes. His always-interesting blog has links to some of the papers filed to dismiss Article II of the impeachment, and other documents. That may be a very good site from which to observe the proceedings, especially for government and AP government and politics classes.
Turley’s motion for dismissal goes to the heart of what kinds of conduct may be impeachable, and when the jurisdiction of the impeachment clauses apply — maybe subtle, maybe somewhat obscure, but still delicious constitutional issues. I can imagine a government class reading the motion as a group and discussing it, in a more perfect world.
Is your government class watching this trial at all?
- Opening statement of defense
- More background at Slabbed; also here
- Law.com backgrounder
- ABA Journal’s blog entry
- Washington Post story on the opening of the trial