In The News
Last week the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made headlines with its ruling that striking down Prop 8, the voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage in California.
I like Adam Liptak a lot—in fact, he and my brother were classmates at Yale Law School, during my first three years on the faculty there. But I think Liptak’s article in The New York Times this week, in which he argued that the United States Constitution’s global influence is declining, is off base.
Here’s a brief look at the top constitutional news stories and commentaries from this week.
U.S. student Gaberiel Nieto makes his first audio slideshow chronicling the story of one student’s struggle to overcome life in a violent neighborhood through poetry.
The language of rights, and especially of constitutional rights, is sometimes not used with precision. More can be claimed by a simple suggestion that rights exist than is, in fact, true.