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Georgetown University Law Center

2013

William Rehnquist

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The Wages Of Crying Judicial Restraint, Randy E. Barnett Jan 2013

The Wages Of Crying Judicial Restraint, Randy E. Barnett

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Five Justices voted to affirm the proposition that the Constitution creates a government of limited and enumerated powers and that the courts will enforce those limits. To understand why this victory was possible, it is important to understand that there are not just two versions of federalism, pre‐New Deal and post‐New Deal. There is also a third version. The failure to recognize the third version goes a long way to explain why most of my academic colleagues predicted that the right would have no chance to prevail in our constitutional challenge to the individual insurance mandate.

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