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William Suter

Biography: 

William Kent Suter is a visiting fellow of the Hoover Institution. He is also an American jurist who served as the 19th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, a position he held for over twenty years. Prior to this, he was a major general in the United States Army; at the time of his retirement in 1991, he had served for over a year as the acting Judge Advocate General.

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Child Abuse And The Law

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A recent Supreme Court ruling is a win for vulnerable minors and for common sense. 

The Little Church That Could

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Supreme Court made a wise ruling in favor of free speech rights.

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Murder by Minors

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Shouldn't the crime and punishment of juveniles be left to the states?

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Immigration - The President Has Again Tried To Circumvent The Constitutional System Of Lawmaking

by William Sutervia Peregrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

President Obama is not the first President to use his executive power aggressively. President Lincoln used an Executive Order in 1861 to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. The Supreme Court held that his action was unconstitutional. President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to change the composition of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1937 in order to gain favorable votes for his New Deal legislation.

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The Ambiguous Fourth Amendment

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Supreme Court should help simplify “search and seizure” law. 

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The Recess Appointment Power Play

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Supreme Court recently handed down one of the most important decisions of the last fifty years. 

When Judges Make Law

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Judicial activism can unleash a host of unintended consequences. 

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Executive Power on Steroids

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Executive Power on Steroids

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In four recent Supreme Court cases, the Obama administration takes a crabbed view of individual rights.