Ted Boehm

Ted
Boehm

Boehm is a retired Indiana Supreme Court justice.

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Boehm is a retired Indiana Supreme Court justice.

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December 16, 2016 6:44 PM

What to do about Trump’s Empire?

Very few thought Donald Trump would win the election, so there was very little discussion before the election of exactly how to handle the obvious problem of reconciling his business interests with his public responsibility. Experts virtually unanimously agree that having his children operate the businesses doesn’t do much if he still owns them. But for better or worse, we elected a man with far-flung and diverse interests.  Now we have various experts from across the…

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October 4, 2016 9:23 AM

The lesson from Trump’s dump in 1995

Trump is right in claiming there is nothing wrong with taking legal tax breaks, even if it reduces your income to zero. But there is an important lesson here. Trump’s nearly one billion dollar writeoff in 1995 came after he had been in the real estate development business for twenty years. Even if you grant his claim, so far undocumented by reliable evidence, that he has since proven to be a self-described “brilliant” businessman, it…

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June 14, 2016 3:25 PM

Another Problem With Trump’s Complaint About His Judge

Leaders across the political spectrum have condemned Trump as racist for claiming the judge in his fraud case is biased because he is of Mexican descent. There is a second problem with Trump’s claim. It shows he has no understanding of our system of justice. The case in whichTrump is claiming unfairness is a civil suit by people who say they were defrauded by Trump University. It has nothing to do with immigration issues or ethnicity.…

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February 27, 2016 1:03 PM 4 Comments

Trump’s Taxes

For some time the Donald promised interviewers that he would release his tax returns, and he (someone?) was “working on it.” But any attempt to pin down a time for release was met with the usual Trumpian change of the subject, Now, in Thursday’s debate, he for the first time claimed he is under audit, and “of course” he wouldn’t release the returns until the audit was complete. This newly discovered reason to delay release…

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November 19, 2015 1:37 PM 1 Comment

Be wary of state solutions to national problems

Indiana’s Governor joined several others in directing state agencies not to participate in efforts to locate Syrian refugees. We should think carefully about this. There is a reason the Constitution gives exclusive control over foreign affairs to the federal government. We can’t speak with multiple voices on issues that require a national policy. I haven’t begun to think this through, but it seems proponents of this attempt to provide a state fix for a national…

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October 14, 2015 11:32 AM

O’Malley for Veep?

With one exception, Martin O’Malley seemed not only to avoid challenging Hillary, but to subtly praise her. Maybe he’s positioning himself for the second spot on the national ticket. He’d be an anchor to the left, and at age 48 he’s got plenty of time to go for a promotion.   O’Malley is a former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor, for the Rs who might not have paid attention to the Ds below the top two.

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August 24, 2015 11:04 AM 1 Comment

Confronting Trump

Seems a lot of the chattering class are explicitly or implicitly criticizing Trump’s Republican opponents (Jeb excepted) for not confronting the blowhard. It’s understandable why candidates are reluctant to take him on and end up in a namecalling contest. Can’t really blame them for taking the advice most of us got from our parents–don’t lower your standards just because somebody else is misbehaving. But don’t the media have some responsibility to unmask this huckster? Seems…

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June 26, 2015 12:15 PM 3 Comments

On Judicial Activism

Governor Pence  cried “judicial activism” when the Supreme Court yesterday upheld funding of both federal and state exchanges established under Obamacare.  Activism is usually understood as judicial invasion of the prerogatives of another branch of government.  Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a six Justice majority, did nothing of the kind.  He followed garden variety principles of judicial restraint in upholding an act of Congress after properly considering  the statute as a whole, despite one apparently contradictory provision buried in this mammoth statute. The Governor…

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March 31, 2015 2:35 PM 1 Comment

A Time for Leadership and a Call for Action

Indiana’s business and civic leaders have spoken loudly and clearly: we need to fix this RFRA mess, and fix it now. The Star’s front page editorial has it right: adding sexual orientation to the list of groups protected by Indiana’s Civil Rights Law is the only way to demonstrate to the nation that we are in step with the times. Governor Pence has made clear he will not support that action. But tlhe Governor has…

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February 16, 2015 2:20 PM

Tinkering with the Judiciary

Almost every session someone comes up with proposal to change the way Indiana selects its appellate judges. But the latest attempt to fiddle with the Indiana Constitution is the most bizarre yet. For the past 45 years, our appellate judges have been appointed by the Governor from three candidates chosen after extensive review by a nonpartisan Judicial Qualifications Commission composed of the Chief Justice, three persons appointed by the governor, and three elected by the…

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