Presidential Records and a Pandemic at the Supreme Court


Jonathan H. Adler

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Two of the most closely watched cases this Supreme Court term concern efforts to gain access to President Trump's financial records. These cases were originally scheduled for April arguments, but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Trump v. Mazars and Trump v. Vance were eventually heard in May via teleconference as the Supreme Court -- for the first time in its history -- allowed live audio streaming of oral arguments. This lecture will discuss how the Supreme Court has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic, its operations and opinions thus far, preview the important constitutional questions at stake in the Mazars and Vance cases and discuss what was learned from the Supreme Court's telephonic arguments and what this may portend for the future of the Court.

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Trump v. Mazars; Trump v. Vance; presidential financial records; pandemic; COVID-19 pandemic; pandemic and presidential records; Supreme Court jurisprudence; constitutional law


CWRU School of Law Virtual Event

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