Constitutional law scholar and professor Vikram Amar spoke to The New Yorker at length for a long-format story on the history of the independent state legislature theory (ISL), and how it went from a fringe legal theory to a major threat to democracy. Amar and other legal scholars have been anxious for the Supreme Court to settle the question of ISL once and for all, and the Court is poised to do exactly that when it issues a ruling in the Moore v. Harper case later this month.
As Amar stated to The New Yorker, he worries that, “if I.S.L.T. is allowed to stay alive and keep evolving,” it could lead to disastrous outcomes, including the possibility of a stolen Presidential election. “If you’re going to tell me that in America the norms are so strong that it’s impossible to have one or two rogue legislatures, I’d have to say you’ve been asleep,” he said. “I might have agreed with that in 2000, or 2015, but there’s no way I could agree with it now.”
Read the full article at newyorker.com.