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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The 7th Circuit on SDP

I love this from a 7th circuit opinion:

"As one commentator astutely observed,
A reader of the Supreme Court's substantive due process cases can come to feel like a moviegoer who arrived late and missed a crucial bit of exposition.

Where is the part that explains the connection between this doctrine and the text of the constitutional provisions from which it takes its name?"
The opinion proceeds to discuss what it calls the "murky waters of that most amorphous of constitutional doctrines, substantive due process." I read Salerno the other day where Justice Rehnquist refers to it as "so-called substantive due process" and was commenting to a friend how conservative judges always, even after all this time, get in a little jab everytime they discuss the doctrine.

(Hat tip: Howard)

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