April 27, 2020

What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law, ep. 40: 'COVID and Jacobson'

[Cross-posted from "What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law"]

By Elizabeth Joh

In mid-April, 2020, states began to explore ways to reopen their economies amid the global coronavirus pandemic. But with states devising their own paths forward, many are wondering what powers the government has, even during a national emergency. Are the states violating our civil liberties by enforcing these lockdowns? To answer this question, many legal scholars are looking to a 115-year-old Supreme Court case, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, for answers. Listen