Gregory Magarian

Thomas and Karole Greene Professor of Law

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Biography

Magarian is a well-known expert in free speech, the law of politics, and law and religion. He has written about a variety of topics in constitutional law, including free speech theory and doctrine, media regulation, regulation of political parties, the relationship between church and state, and substantive due process. His first book, Managed Speech: The Roberts Court’s First Amendment, was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. His work also examines church and state, firearms regulation and regulations of the political process.

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What is the 25th Amendment?

What is the 25th Amendment?

In light of the Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building, many Democrats, and even some Republicans, have called for the use of the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. What is that amendment and how does it work? Washington University in St. Louis law professor Greg Magarian explains.
Withholding federal funds from ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ violates Constitution

Withholding federal funds from ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ violates Constitution

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a list of “anarchist jurisdictions,” which it says have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist. If the Trump administration withholds federal funds from these jurisdictions based on the “anarchist” designation, that withholding of funds would violate the Constitution in at least two ways, says a Constitutional law expert at Washington University in St. Louis.
Trump attacks on Twitter betray free speech principles

Trump attacks on Twitter betray free speech principles

After President Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims on Twitter about mail-in voting and Twitter responded by attaching a link to his tweets, Trump threatened to close down the social media giant. “The president appears to have no understanding of or concern for free speech,” says a constitutional law expert at Washington University in St. Louis.

Books

Cover of Managed Speech

Managed Speech

The Roberts Court's First Amendment

Gregory P. Magarian examines more than 40 Supreme Court free-speech decisions and critiques the ways in which the court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, has reshaped and degraded the law of expressive freedom.