Bruce Ledewitz

Bruce Ledewitz

Opinion contributor Bruce Ledewitz teaches constitutional law at Duquesne Kline Law School in Pittsburgh. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star’s Commentary Page. He hosts the “Bends Toward Justice” podcast. His latest book, “The Universe Is On Our Side: Restoring Faith in American Public Life,” is out now. His opinions do not represent the position of Kline Duquesne Law School.

US Constitution

Think we’re powerless against hate speech? The Constitution provides plenty of room to address it | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 17, 2019

Not all speech is protected by the First Amendment. And the limits do point to actions that can legally be taken against hate speech.


Calif. Supreme Court right to strike down law requiring Trump to release tax returns to get on the ballot | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - December 4, 2019

What was great about the decision was that, despite our highly partisan environment, it was rendered by a court on which a majority of the justices had been appointed by Democratic governors. 


Impeachment isn’t the law — but it is judgment | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 20, 2019

impeachment and removal must truly represent the sovereign will of the American people to be considered a legitimate action.


Here’s a carbon tax plan that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey can live with | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - November 6, 2019

To cut off Republican objections to a carbon tax, its authors need to do the obvious thing: Return the money to the people. The urgency is too great.


The Dems’ 2020 balancing act: Standing up for LGBTQ Americans and winning the faith vote | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - October 25, 2019

Not even most supporters of same-sex marriage want dissenting religious institutions to lose their tax-exempt status.


Why Democats need to tap the brakes on impeachment | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - October 9, 2019

Voters need a chance to renounce Trumpism in 2020. They can't do that if Trump is impeached and removed from office by the Senate.


Yes, we still need the Constitution | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 25, 2019

The shape of history is not an empirical question. It is impervious to data. It is a matter of faith. And the choice we make will dictate our politics.


Nationalism is atheism. America was born of a grander vision | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - September 13, 2019

The irony of the new nationalism is that America was founded on the notion of exceptionalism, but not in the narrow sense that white nationalists intend.


Why the Dems’ path to the White House will run through Erie in 2020 | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 28, 2019

To retake the White House, Democrats must create a diverse working-class coalition that appeals to people from all backgrounds


Our crisis of mass shootings is a national spiritual crisis | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - August 11, 2019

Mass shootings are just one visible manifestation our anger and frustration.  In other words, if you are angry about politics, you are part of the problem.


SCOTUS Gerrymandering case: Roberts didn’t defend constitutional democracy | Bruce Ledewitz

By: - July 2, 2019

Now that Roberts has removed every judicial restraint, even politicians who would like to do the right thing, will likely give in to the demands of their base. They will have no threat of lawsuits to hide behind.