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David J. Shestokas

About David J. Shestokas

David Shestokas is an attorney licensed in IL and FL and author of Constitutional Sound Bites .

He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, while serving on the The John Marshall Law Review. He studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
For Spanish speakers he and Dr. Berta Isabel Arias offer a Spanish language translation of Constitutional Sound Bites: Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales .

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Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales follows the tradition of informing citizens about the country’s founding documents in their native languages. In 1787, one third of Pennsylvania’s residents were German speakers. Accordingly, of the 4500 copies of the proposed Constitution that legislature ordered, 1500 were in German. Everyone understands important ideas best in their native language, and Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales recognizes the importance of making available America's First Principles to 36,000,000 Americans.

Judge Finds CA “Law” on Presidential Tax Returns Unconstitutional

“Courts created under Article III of the United States Constitution are not concerned with political victories or who may or may not “win.” Instead, it is the Court’s job to make sure the Constitution wins.”   That may be the most straightforward and correct statement of law made by any of the myriad judges involved […]

Trump at the UN: Part 5, Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Liberty

INTRODUCTION Part 5 of a 5 Part Series This series begins with Trump at the UN: Part 1, a Tale of Two Presidents and a Vision In the final section of his address to the United Nations President Trump speaks directly to the dictators in the room and those who would be domestic dictators in […]

Trump at the UN: Part 4, The Western Hemisphere

Introduction Part 4 of a 5 Part Series This series begins with Trump at the UN: Part 1, a Tale of Two Presidents and a Vision On September 24, as President Trump addressed the United Nations he took his audience on a world tour that included China, Iran, Korea and Afghanistan.  His final stop in […]

Trump at the UN: Part 3, Iran, Korea and Afghanistan

INTRODUCTION Part 3 of a 5 Part Series This series begins with Trump at the UN: Part 1, a Tale of Two Presidents and a Vision On September 24, 2019 President Trump addressed the United Nations. This speech was largely overlooked because on the same day Nancy Pelosi announced her support of what she termed […]

Trump at the UN: Part 2, China

INTRODUCTION Part 2 of a 5 Part Series This series begins with Trump at the UN: Part 1, a Tale of Two Presidents and a Vision In 1971, for all practical purposes, China was closed to the world.  There were import/export restrictions in place and China’s access to world currency markets, particularly US dollars was […]

Trump at the UN: Part 1, A Tale of Two Presidents and a Vision

INTRODUCTION Part 1 of a 5 Part Series On September 24, 2019 I had a court matter in Dixon, IL. During the nearly two-hour drive I was able to listen to President Trump’s speech at the United Nations. (A video of President Trump’s UN speech can be found at the end of Trump at the […]

Eliminating the Electoral College Puts California in Charge

There’s a growing number of states that are trying to make themselves completely irrelevant in selecting the President of the United States. The states are doing this of their own free will by passing laws to give their electoral votes to the candidate that receives the largest number of votes across the country. A Quick […]

Congress Terminates Only Emergency Declaration Protecting US Citizens, Trump Vetos

The Legal Status of Presidential Emergency Powers In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651).  It contains the following simple and straightforward language giving the President power to declare a national emergency: “With respect to acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or […]

The CNN Lawsuit Over Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

The press pass privileges of CNN’s Jim Acosta were revoked following an encounter with a White House intern during a presidential press conference. The intern had attempted to take away a microphone from Acosta when the President had recognized another reporter for a question. Acosta resisted the intern’s efforts. There is video of the event […]

ILLINOIS FELONY FACT SHEET

ILLINOIS FELONY FACT SHEET Felony Defined: A serious crime that has a possible prison term of 1 year or more. Some felonies carry terms of up to 60 years. Murder is a felony, but has special rules of its own, including life in prison or execution. THE FELONY PROCESS IN ILLINOIS The Arrest: When the police […]