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Constitutional Cliffhangers

Brian C. Kalt


The United States Constitution's provisions for selecting, replacing, and punishing presidents contain serious weaknesses that could lead to constitutional controversies. This book envisions six such controversies, such as the criminal prosecution of a sitting president, a two-term president's attempt to stay in power, the ousting of an allegedly disabled president, and more. None of these things has ever occurred, but in recent years many of them almost have. Besides being individually dramatic, these controversies provide an opportunity to think about how constitutional procedures can best b ... More

Keywords: criminal prosecution, constitutional procedures, law, politics, American government, United States Constitution, presidents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300123517
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian C. Kalt, author