John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"Joel Sogol, former chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) litigation committee, filed a complaint against Judge Parker with Alabama's Judicial Inquiry Commission. The complaint charges Parker with violating Alabama's judicial ethics standards when he publicly criticized his eight Supreme Court colleagues and the Roper v. Simmons U.S. Supreme Court decision. Sogol says that Judge Parker's criticism breeds contempt for the law.
Sogol has it wrong. It's the court's failure to meet its constitutional duties that breeds contempt for the law. The Judicial Inquiry Commission can send the complaint to Alabama's Court of the Judiciary for trial. If the court finds the complaint is justified, it can reprimand Judge Parker or remove him from office. The ACLU would love the chilling effect of reprimand or removal."
Experts Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University, 1980-present
Boardmember, Board of Directors, Reason Foundation
Boardmember, Board of Directors, Hoover Institution
Advisory Boardmember, Cato Institute
Advisory Boardmember, Landmark Legal Foundation
Advisory Boardmember, Institute of Economic Affairs
Advisory Boardmember, Heritage Foundation
Chairman, Economics Department, George Mason University
Adam Smith Award, Foundation for Economic Education, 1995-2001
National Fellow, Hoover Institution
George Washington Medal of Honor, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation
U.S. News Media Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Distinguished Alumnus Award, California State University
Faculty Member of the Year, George Mason University
Member, American Economic Association
Member, Bohemian Club of San Francisco
PhD, Economics, University of California Los Angeles
MA, Economics, University of California Los Angeles
BA, Economics, California State University, Los Angeles