Michael Stokes Paulsen to speak to Princeton University James Madison Program
University Chair, Professor of Law, The University of St. Thomas
Nearly all of American constitutional law today rests on a myth. That myth – taught as unquestioned truth from grade school to law school – is that the power of constitutional interpretation belongs exclusively to the U.S. Supreme Court; that the Court’s decisions are thus every bit as much “supreme law of the land” as the Constitution itself; and that the other branches of government, the states, and We the People, accordingly are bound by the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the Constitution, in every instance – no matter what the Court decides to hold.
So the myth goes. Every feature of the myth is wrong.
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