Study Group with Josh Gerstein: Is the Justice System Devouring American Politics? A Judge's View


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As political actors increasingly turn to the courts to resolve high-profile policy fights and even the names that will appear on the ballot, we'll get the perspective of one of the longest-serving federal judges in Washington on this trend, its impact, and potential fixes. We'll also hear how judges try to navigate the political minefields in cases like the more than 1,300 prosecutions stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks.

GUEST: Senior Judge Royce Lamberth will join Resident Fellow Josh Gerstein virtually for the February 22 session.

Royce Lamberth is a senior judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. A Texas native, Judge Lamberth served in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps in North Carolina and Vietnam, then joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington before being nominated to the bench.

From 1995-2002, Judge Lamberth was the presiding judge of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He also spent five years as the chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington before taking senior status in 2013.

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OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.


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