The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights
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The Ninth Amendment & Unenumerated Rights

♪♪Music♪♪ This lecture is entitled, entitled bottom of the 9th. What I want to do in this lecture is talk about the 9th amendment of the Constitution. The last substantive rights based amendment in what we call collectively the Bill of Rights. The 9th amendment in the words of the eminent Jack Rakove is a […]

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Interpreting the Constitution: A Living Document?
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Interpreting the Constitution: A Living Document?

♪♪Music♪♪ During this lecture I want to talk about the living constitution. In our previous lecture we talked about originalism. This is the main alternative to originalism. The notion that the constitution is a dynamic document that has the potential to change over time and that is something they think is, is true just because […]

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Incorporation: The Bill of Rights & the States
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Incorporation: The Bill of Rights & the States

♪ MUSIC ♪ I’m gonna talk today, our first round, about a fairly complex issue, but one that I hope you’ll find interesting. It’s the doctrine of incorporation. I’m gonna set the stage with a story; we’re gonna back in time, pre-Civil War, John Marshall is Chief Justice of the United States, and a guy […]

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