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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bork's Stare Decisis

From a NROnline Piece:
[O]verturning Roe v. Wade should be the sine qua non of a respectable jurisprudence. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito will hear a lot about stability in the law, the virtues of stare decisis, and the reliance many women have placed on that decision. The obtrusive fact is that constitutional law has never been stable. Precedent counts for less in constitutional law than elsewhere for the very good reason that the legislature can correct the Court's mistake in interpreting a statute, but the Court is final when it invokes the Constitution and only the Court can correct its own mistakes. For that reason, many justices have made the point that what controls is the Constitution itself, not what the Court has said about it in the past. Cases like Roe, that some will claim must not be disturbed, were themselves repudiations of prior understandings of the Constitution.
The piece is fantastic, very convincing.

1 Comments:

Blogger Son of Liberty said...

If only Bork...... If only Ginsburg.... If only anyone but Souter.

5:16 PM  

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