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Prof. Eric M. Freedman Comments in NPR Report on Whether a President Can Be Prosecuted

Eric M. Freedman, Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights

Eric M. Freedman, the Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights, was interviewed by Carrie Johnson of NPR News, Washington, for a report on the debate about whether the president of the United States can be charged with a crime.

The report was broadcast on All Things Considered, NPR’s flagship news program, on July 18 and posted as an article, “‘White House Arrest?’ Legal Experts Disagree About Prosecuting a President,” on NPR’s website.

Excerpt (from the article):

Early evidence comes from the diary of a Pennsylvania senator, who recorded “a heated debate on this very issue” in September 1789, said Hofstra University Law School professor Eric Freedman.

“For those who believe in original intent, we have pretty good evidence of original intent,” Freedman said. “The founders just disagreed on the very question.”

Listen to a podcast of the full report on the NPR website.

Read a transcript of the podcast on the NPR website.

Read the full article on the NPR website.

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