Prosecutors in the office of the special counsel have rejected the presidential immunity defense raised by former President Donald Trump and his lawyers in an attempt to dismiss election interference charges. The 54-page filing, which asserts that a former president is “not above the law,” cites a law review article by CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein and Richard W. Painter entitled Presidential Accountability and the Rule of Law: Can the President Claim Immunity If He Shoots Someone on Fifth Avenue?, published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
Claire Finkelstein is the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder and faculty director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL). Read her bio here.
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