originalism originalism

Definition(s):

  • (n) the belief that the United States Constitution should be interpreted in the way the authors originally intended it

Usage(s):

  • Scalia's judicial philosophy of textual originalism precludes him from ever allowing emotions, societal factors or conscience from informing his decisions.

News

  • Retired Justice Stevens Takes on History, Originalism

    At a law review symposium at the University of Georgia on Wednesday, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens critiqued some of his more conservative former colleagues' use of originalism.
    on November 8, 2013     Source: Law.com

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Quotes

  1. Giuliani said, "We need judges who embrace originalism," the view that the Constitution should be read in line with what it meant when it was adopted.
    on Nov 16, 2007 By: Rudy Giuliani Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "Don't make up your mind on this significant question between originalism and playing it by ear on the basis of whether, now and then, the latter approach might give you a result you like," Justice Scalia said. "What does that prove? I'll...
    on Nov 9, 2009 By: Antonin Scalia Source: New York Times

  3. "The left was in this funny defensive crouch," says Lithwick. "It was saying, 'Whatever we're for, we know we're not for [Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia and originalism.' "
    on Jun 22, 2009 By: Dahlia Lithwick Source: 89.3 KPCC

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