with our special guest
Randy E. Barnett
- Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC
During his second term, George W. Bush will have the opportunity to nominate one or more Supreme Court Justices. The debate surrounding how these nominees will interpret the U.S. Constitution will be fierce.
Join us for a look inside this contentious controversy with one of the nation's leading constitutional law scholars, Randy Barnett.
In his new book, Restoring the Lost Constitution, Barnett, tells us that the U.S. Constitution found in school textbooks and under glass in Washington is not the one enforced today by the Supreme Court.
Barnett argues that since the nation's founding, but especially since the 1930s, the courts have been cutting holes in the original Constitution and its amendments to eliminate the parts that protect liberty from the power of government. From the Commerce Clause, to the Necessary and Proper Clause, to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, to the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Supreme Court has rendered each of these provisions toothless. In the process, the written Constitution has been lost.
Before entering teaching, Barnett was a criminal prosecutor for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, where he tried many felony cases. Most recently, he was a lead attorney in Raich v. Ashcroft, the Supreme Court case that considered the legality of medical marijuana.
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