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Prof. Douglas W. Kmiec Esq.

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July 2011: "Douglas Kmiec, a law professor at Pepperdine University, said today’s courts might not agree with the sweeping societal conclusions of the 19th-century courts, but noted that more attention has been paid in recent decades to the importance of internal family issues as part of the public policy sphere. Questions of child abuse and spousal domination, he said, could figure into a judicial examination of polygamy."

June 2008: '"There is an attitudinal shift that is happening nationally," says Douglas Kmiec, a law professor at California's Pepperdine University who opposes gay marriage. "The chances of the initiative going down to defeat appears more likely than not."'

September 2001: "Among limits that might be approved by the courts are detentions of immigrants who give officials cause for concern. For instance, the government might detain individuals who had spent time in countries associated with terrorist activities, said Douglas W. Kmiec, a constitutional law expert at the Catholic University of America in Washington."

October 2007: Douglas W. Kmiec, who headed that office under President Ronald Reagan and the first President George Bush and wrote a book about it, said he believed the intense pressures of the campaign against terrorism have warped the office’s proper role.

March 2005: "Douglas W. Kmiec, a law professor at Pepperdine University who supports the tribunal process, said the lack of evidence against Kurnaz is "very troubling" and should prompt a military review of this particular tribunal."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Catholic University of America, The (CUA) Organization Jul 12, 2011
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) Organization Oct 4, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Pepperdine University Organization Jul 12, 2011
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) President George Herbert Walker Bush Person Oct 4, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) President Ronald Wilson Reagan Person Oct 4, 2007

Articles and Resources

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Jul 11, 2011 Polygamist, Under Scrutiny in Utah, Plans Suit to Challenge Law

QUOTE: The lawsuit is not demanding that states recognize polygamous marriage. Instead...will ask the federal courts to tell states that they cannot punish polygamists for their own “intimate conduct” so long as they are not breaking other laws, like those regarding child abuse, incest or seeking multiple marriage licenses.

New York Times
Jun 12, 2008 Battle over gay marriage renewed on California ballot

QUOTE: As California on Monday becomes the second state to join gay couples in matrimony, opponents say efforts to reverse it will be tougher than in the past. They collected enough signatures to include a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on the November ballot, but the vote comes as polls show growing acceptance of gays and more states extend benefits to same-sex couples.

Mar 01, 2008 A Town and a Baptist Pastor Vie Over ‘Eternity’

QUOTE: The battle between the city and the church appears to come down to two essential issues: is the message of eternity a commercial one, and is the roof sign a nuisance so grand that the government must intervene?

New York Times
Oct 04, 2007 Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations

QUOTE: But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2005 : U.S. Military Intelligence, German Authorities Found No Ties to Terrorists

QUOTE: A military tribunal determined last fall that Murat Kurnaz, a German national seized in Pakistan in 2001, was a member of al Qaeda ....U.S. military intelligence and German law enforcement authorities had largely concluded there was no information that linked Kurnaz to al Qaeda, any other terrorist organization or terrorist activities.

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2001 War On Terrorism Stirs Memory of Internment

QUOTE: The Bush administration's proposals for increased law enforcement powers to fight terrorism are provoking a debate about whether American courts would repeat the kinds of rulings that restricted the civil rights of Japanese-Americans during World War II....experts say the reasoning of the 1944 ruling could permit limits on the civil liberties of Arab immigrants and even some Americans of Arab descent.

New York Times