John Roberts, Leonard Leo, Donald Trump, presidential immunity
Chief Justice John Roberts shares Leonard Leo’s dark vision of America’s future. Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0) See complete attribution below.

The US Supreme Court uses tortured logic to give all future presidents absolute immunity for “official acts” while in the White House. The lack of clarity in the ruling will ensure years and years of litigation.

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The Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. United States marks a historic ruling that may eventually be seen as a huge mistake. In a 6-3 party-line decision, the court granted presidents immunity from criminal prosecution for actions deemed “official acts” performed while in office. They did not give much clarity on how to distinguish “official acts” from “private acts.” It seems the six radical justices have crafted a ruling guaranteed to produce widespread uncertainty and a lot of court cases, while creating an imperial presidency with far less accountability than the Founders intended.

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The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: John Roberts caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0 DEED), Donald Trump caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED), Leonard Leo caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0 DEED), box (David Bartus / Pexels), devil (Tim Green / Flickr – CC BY 2.0 DEED), and Opus Dei cross (Froztbyte / Wikimedia), crown (Heralder / Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED).


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    DonkeyHotey creates art to illustrate news articles and opinion pieces. His current work is a combination of caricature, photo collage, and photo manipulation.

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