This year’s 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act has been a bittersweet milestone. The passage of the act is rightly regarded as a landmark legislative achievement.
Part of what makes doing history so exciting is that the questions and interpretive challenges never really end. In the process of tackling one question, a new one always emerges.
On June 10, the chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois granted a petition to unseal the records of a 1942 grand jury proceeding in response to a suit brought by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) in November 2014.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Section 215 of the Patriot Act illegal under federal law but did not rule on constitutionality. Dane Kennedy reports back on a recent seminar discussion that provides historical perspective on this issue.