Keith Harper: “The Importance of Judicial Contempt Proceedings in a Trump Era”

From Just Security, here.

An excerpt:

This brings us back to the peculiarities of President Trump and his administration.  The United States has a long history, going back to Marbury v. Madison, of courts deciding what the law is and enforcing lawful decisions.  And other than the occasional aberration such as President Andrew Jackson’s refusal to enforce the decision of Chief Justice John Marshall in the Cherokee Nation cases in the early 1830s, judicial decrees have reigned supreme, and through their regular and systematic enforcement established this as a nation governed by the rule of law. That system of rules and norms is a critical stabilizing force for sound democratic governance.