legality principle

Defining The Public Interest

Even under a ‘basic and drastic deterioration in legality’, you may want, as Lon Fuller wrote in 1964 in The Morality of Law,‘to stick with the system… as a kind of symbolic act expressing the hope of a better day’. Then there’s the absurd conviction of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer who alleged corruption among Russian officers and police, whose reward was dying in custody after a 12 months with out trial. The authorities prosecuted him posthumously, a first in Russian authorized historical past.

In its decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California barring repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often known as DACA, the Supreme Court reached a beautiful result by way of flawed legal reasoning. The choice might carry implications that progressives will regret, but it is hard to tell because Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion appears deliberately designed for in the future and case only.

Although the presumption – that laws is intended to be in keeping with fundamental rights – can be overridden by sufficiently clearly phrases, this presumption constitutes a considerable stage of safety for what has been termed the “principle of legality”. … Read More