About POGO

Sarah Turberville

Director of the Constitution Project at POGO

sturberville@pogo.org

Sarah E. Turberville is Director of The Constitution Project (TCP) at POGO.  In this position, Sarah coordinates TCP’s public education and advocacy efforts with respect to a variety of matters relating to the protection and enforcement of constitutional rights, such as independence of the courts, access to habeas corpus, policing, and surveillance.  Previously, Sarah worked for over five years as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project and has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland.  She previously worked as an assistant public defender for the State of Maryland, representing clients at trial. In law school, Sarah represented individuals wrongfully incarcerated during and after Hurricane Katrina and also served as a law clerk to the defense bar in the Hague, assisting in the representation of members of the Kosova Liberation Army before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Sarah is an elected councilmember for the Town of Edmonston, MD, and serves on the Board of the Port Towns Community Development Corporation.  She is a graduate of Tulane Law School and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

POGO Calls for Congressional Investigation and Oversight of “Zero Tolerance” and Border Crisis

July 18, 2018

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) writes to encourage you to begin a long-overdue investigation relating to the crisis of immigration enforcement and detention along our nation’s southwest border.

Letter to U.S. Attorneys in Border States on the Prosecutor's Duty to Ensure Justice and Protection of Constitutional Rights under new "Zero Tolerance" Policy

June 18, 2018

We express concern about the deterioration of the quality of justice and commitment to constitutionally sound practices resulting from the new “zero-tolerance” policy for those referred for prosecution under 8 U.S.C. § 1325. This policy has resulted in a dramatic increase in criminal prosecutions, with intolerable and adverse collateral consequences for the accused, the courts, defense counsel,...

Letter to Attorney General Sessions on Effect of Zero Tolerance Policy on Border Prosecutions on Constitutional Rights

June 11, 2018

We express concern about the deterioration of the quality of justice and commitment to constitutionally sound practices resulting from the new “zero-tolerance” policy for those referred for prosecution under 8 U.S.C. § 1325. This policy has resulted in a dramatic increase in criminal prosecutions, with intolerable and adverse collateral consequences for the accused, the courts, defense counsel, and the prosecution. We strongly urge the Attorney General to reconsider this policy.

The Constitution Project at POGO Supports Reforms to Virginia’s Criminal Discovery Rules

June 4, 2018

Proposed reforms to discovery rules will improve the speed, accuracy, and fairness of criminal proceedings in Virginia.

POGO Joins Letter Highlighting Problems Caused by Lack of Census Bureau Director

January 18, 2018

Without a nominee for the vacant Census Bureau Director position, the White House is running afoul of legal requirements to fill the position.

“Zero Tolerance” and Border Crisis Need Congressional Oversight

July 23, 2018

POGO is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to begin an investigation into the crisis of immigration enforcement and detention along our nation’s southwest border.

Those 5-to-4 decisions on the Supreme Court? 9 to 0 is far more common.

June 28, 2018

Splits get all the attention, but consensus is the rule, and that's how it should be.

Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Prosecutions on the Border

June 22, 2018

Zero-tolerance prosecutions on the southwest border are undermining key constitutional protections.

Not the Final Word

June 15, 2018

The plain fact is that OLC, responsive to its own institutional incentives, sometimes gets things wrong.

Who Should Make a Decision on Life and Death?

June 11, 2018

Missouri is flouting the Supreme Court's ruling on jury decision-making in death penalty cases. But will the high court rein it in?

Have We Kept Madison’s Republic?

March 16, 2018

Over 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers faced a question: How could they build a democracy to withstand the trials of time and survive the pressures that destroyed those that came before?

The President v. The Courts

February 13, 2018

Past U.S. presidents of both parties have threatened to undermine the authority of the third branch. Do President Trump’s attacks cross a red line?

July 31, 2018

U.S. senior official says he flagged risks for children from border separations

Reuters | By Yeganeh Torbati, Richard Cowan

July 24, 2018

Daily Update | July 24, 2018

Take Care Blog | By Jacqueline Sahlberg, Ian Eppler

July 19, 2018

Watchdogs Just Called On Congress To Investigate Mass Deportation Hearings

BuzzFeed News | By John Stanton

May 23, 2018

Public defender caseload, legal fees stymie justice

Sedalia Democrat | By Annabel Ames, Alexis Allison, Noah Higgins-Dunn

May 4, 2018

The 'Mueller protection bill' is the best insurance policy for the country

The Washington Examiner | By Sarah Turberville