US Appellate Court Judge thinks Constitution is not worth knowing

Judge Posner is quoted in a Slate article be sure to click through and read the whole thing. Please note the SWIPE at the Late Judge Scalia.


And on another note about academia and practical law, I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries—well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments). Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century. Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today. David Strauss is right: The Supreme Court treats the Constitution like it is authorizing the court to create a common law of constitutional law, based on current concerns, not what those 18th-century guys were worrying about.


Richard Allen Posner  is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a leading figure in the field of law and economics, and was identified by The Journal of Legal Studies as the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century.

Really how can a judge, notably a “respected” Appellate Judge, be in his position and actually admit that he believe the Constitution is basically a dead document that judges should disregard. Should he be impeached? I know I am not thrilled to have this guy making  judicial decisions.

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