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ORIGINALISM: Philosophy or Strategy? LWL 8/4/17

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Judge Neil Gorsuch, the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, calls himself an originalist. But what does that mean?

"Originalism proclaims that the Constitution should be interpreted according to how it was understood at the time of its ratification in 1789 and similarly for amendments, starting in 1791. Policy arguments and the consequences of different interpretations simply do not matter. For originalists, the Constitution is not alive; it is dead, static." Washington Post

Guest Bob Woodburn will speak with me about the roots of Originalism, how it differs from Strict Constructionism, and what difference either makes to matters of law in 2017.

We will also discuss contradictions between what Justices may say they are, and how they vote on matters like the Citizens United decision.

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