September 14, 2018

Debate on Trump and Mueller investigation headlines Constitution Day events

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Is President Donald Trump wrong about his constitutional claims surrounding the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller? That question will be explored during a student debate during Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Constitution Day activities. 

Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17.  The day marks the anniversary of delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completing and signing the U.S. Constitution in 1787. 

The events are free and open to the public. All educational institutions that receive federal funding must annually deliver programs on the U.S. Constitution. 

Debate set for Morris Library 

Members of the university’s debate team will address the topic of whether President Trump is wrong regarding constitutional claims about the Mueller investigation during an event at 7 p.m. in the library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. 

This is the eighth year the debate team has been involved with the event. After the debate, which will last about 45 minutes, light refreshments will be available.

Todd Graham, director of debate, hopes the audience gets a richer understanding of the Mueller investigation and the legality of it.

“Civic discourse is vital to a functioning democracy and there are many misconceptions about the special counsel's investigation,” Graham said. “It's important to stay informed.”

Law school RSOs to visit local high school

Some Carbondale Community High School social studies students will learn more about their Fourth Amendment rights during classes from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Law school students involved with the Women of Diversity and American Constitution Society registered student organizations will discuss students’ rights regarding search and seizures and traffic stops.

The presentation will include a discussion on motorists’ rights when stopped by police and short skits.