UK Professor's Article Is Published

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Richard Labunski

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In the article, Labunski criticizes the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to remove a case dealing with the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance from the Supreme Court’s appellate jurisdiction.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2004) -- History News Service (HNS), which syndicates editorial page commentaries to newspapers, has posted an article by Richard Labunski, associate professor in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the College of Communications and Information Studies.

The article, titled “When Congress Tampers with the Court’s Independence,” was sent Oct. 1 to 300 newspapers and other news services. HNS seeks to increase the public's understanding of current events by setting these events in their historical context.

In the article, Labunski criticizes the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to remove a case dealing with the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance from the Supreme Court’s appellate jurisdiction.

“It is extremely unusual for Congress to do this and has potentially serious consequences,” Labunski said. “Very few people know that Congress has the power to remove most cases it does not want the federal courts to decide.”

The complete article can be found online.

HNS has a cooperative arrangement with History News Network, a Web site serving teachers, historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and students. It averages three million hits per month. HNN will post Labunski’s article on Oct. 11.

Labunski is writing a book – his fifth – about James Madison and the Bill of Rights. It will be published in early 2006 by Oxford University Press in its “Pivotal Moments in American History” series.

Labunski’s most recently published book is “The Educated Student: Getting the Most Out of Your College Years.” Written primarily for high school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores, and their parents, it helps young people to fully benefit from their college experience. More information can be found online.

Labunski, who joined the UK faculty in 1995 after teaching at the University of Washington and Penn State, has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California. His doctorate of jurisprudence is from Seattle University School of Law.


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