These blog posts explain the Constitution in plain English to help non-lawyers better understand constitutional issues gaining public attention since the 2016 elections. By Dan Cofran, J. D.

The Second Amendment and Guns, Part II

The Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) held that Second Amendment protection includes a law-abiding person’s right to possess a firearm for self-defense in the home, if using a weapon in common use at the time for home self defense, in this case a handgun. 

By |2020-02-04T22:12:05+00:00February 2nd, 2020|Constitutional Law|

Presidential Executive Privilege in Congressional Investigations

© 2020 Dan Cofran | Posted January 15, 2020 Introduction The President has claimed both absolute immunity and executive privilege to prevent subpoenaed White House aides from appearing as witnesses before House Congressional committee investigative hearings. With a looming Senate impeachment trial, continuing Congressional investigations and numerous court proceedings [...]

By |2020-04-07T18:12:05+00:00January 15th, 2020|Constitutional Law|

Impeachment Trials in the Senate

© 2020 Dan Cofran Picture From: Wikimedia Commons The Senate’s “Rules of Procedure and Practice When Sitting on Impeachment Trials” apply to trials in the Senate of all federal officers – presidents, vice-presidents, federal judges and cabinet members. The proceeding is unique, perhaps best described as a [...]

By |2020-04-07T18:12:38+00:00January 11th, 2020|Constitutional Law|

Are Top Presidential Advisors Absolutely Immune to Congressional Subpoenas?

Are Top Presidential Advisors Absolutely Immune to Congressional Subpoenas?  No. © 2020 Dan Cofran Picture From: Wikimedia Commons At least 19 White House officials at the President’s direction have refused to appear before Congressional investigative committees to testify and produce documents, claiming “absolute” immunity”* This includes Attorney [...]

By |2020-04-07T18:13:04+00:00January 7th, 2020|Constitutional Law|

Can a Sitting President Be Indicted? Part 1

© 2020 Dan Cofran Part I: Yes Reading Time: 6 Minutes This issue has never been litigated, so there are no court decisions on point as judicial precedent.  However, under long-standing judicial principles for interpreting the Constitution, it is evident that a sitting president is not immune to criminal indictment.  [...]

By |2020-04-07T18:13:49+00:00June 12th, 2019|Constitutional Law|