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Police Body Cameras: Building Effective Guidelines that Support Accountability and Civil Liberties
  • May 2, 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Police-involved shootings and other use-of-force cases have received heightened scrutiny over the last few years, causing many to call for policing reforms that increase public safety and community trust. While not a substitute for broad reforms, police body cameras—now being rapidly deployed in cities across America—might be a step in the right direction. These tools, which offer both promise and risk, have the power to reduce misconduct and...
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Blocking Judicial Nominations: Constitutional Prerogative or Constitutional Crisis?
  • November 18, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
It has been nearly nine months since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. However, the Senate has yet to hold a hearing, let alone a vote, on his confirmation. Before the election, some Republican candidates  were saying they would work to block any nominations to the Supreme Court that President Clinton might put forward. Some conservative commentators went even further, urging the Senate to prevent...
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Demilitarizing America’s Police
  • November 17, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
[embed]https://youtu.be/EjMe12tTME4[/embed] The White House estimates that federal programs directly or indirectly provided $18 billion in military equipment to state, local and tribal police between 2009 and 2014, much of it with little oversight on who was receiving the gear or follow-up on how it was being used. This trend of police militarization has led to aggressive tactics, over-enforcement, and a rejection of de-escalation tactics that are...
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A Right to “Know” or a Right to “No”?
  • October 25, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Examining the Congressional-Executive Branch Struggle Over Access to Information There is a constant tension between Congress’s constitutional responsibility to oversee the workings of the Executive Branch—and in doing so, its need to have a timely, complete understanding of motives and actions—and the President’s claims of executive privilege and deliberative process in order to protect the inner workings of the White House. The frequency...
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A “Chain-Link Fence” for Intelligence Surveillance
  • October 14, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Intelligence surveillance -- often by necessity -- bypasses many due process protections associated with traditional law enforcement surveillance.  Yet there are few restrictions on how government can query and use intelligence surveillance for law enforcement purposes. This panel will explore what sensible reforms we could adopt to create effective due process restrictions on law enforcement use of intelligence surveillance without rebuilding the...
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9th Annual Constitutional Champions Gala
  • April 27, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
9th Annual   Constitutional Champions Gala Join us for lunch on April 27, 2016 as The Constitution Project (TCP) hosts its 9th Annual Constitutional Champions Gala. This event will honor individuals who have, in the face of adversity, fought to defend our nation’s Constitution and the rights it guarantees. This year, TCP will honor Senator Dianne Feinstein, syndicated columnist George Will, and Representative Don Edwards (posthumously)....
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Semi-Annual Supreme Court Update: The 2015-16 Term
  • February 24, 2016
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Supreme Court Update The 2015-2016 Term Sponsored by The Constitution Project Hosts:  Representatives Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (Va.), Steve Cohen (Tenn.) and the Congressional Staff Association for Constitutional Studies   Join us for an analysis of major cases decided – and to be decided – by the U.S. Supreme Court during its 2015-16 Term at a briefing on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in 2261 Rayburn House Office...
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A Candid Conversation on the State of Criminal Justice
  • October 28, 2015
  • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and The Constitution Project. Join us for a candid conversation on the state of criminal justice, featuring Judge Alex Kozinski, appointed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan in 1985; noted criminal defense lawyer Stephen Bright, president and senior counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights; and Senator Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary...
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Constitution Day 2015
  • September 17, 2015
Constitution Day 2015   Too Many Secrets? Transparency and Accountability in the Post-9/11 National Security State    Co-hosted by the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bymW6lUp9Nc James Risen to be Honored with Constitutional Commentary Award, followed by Panel Discussion For Constitution Day 2015, please join The Constitution Project as it presents its annual Constitutional Commentary...
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Striking the Right Balance: Criminal v. Civil Law Sanctions
  • September 16, 2015
  • 12:00-1:15 PM
Striking the Right Balance: Criminal v. Civil Law Sanctions   Co-sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Foundation for Criminal Justice, and The Constitution Project     How should our federal government strike the right balance between the use of criminal law sanctions instead of civil law sanctions? Are prosecutors expanding the reach of criminal statutes to address conduct that was clearly not contemplated...
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“It was torture,” TCP's independent, bipartisan, blue-ribbon Task Force on Detainee Treatment concluded in a report released April 16, 2013. The group looked at the federal government's policies and actions related to the detention and treatment of suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere and held in U.S. custody during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. Read More...