Monday, July 13, 2009

Heller and the Triumph of Originalist Judicial Engagement

Alan Gura, lead plaintiffs' attorney in last year's historic Heller Supreme Court decision, has written a law review article responding to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson's criticism of Heller as an example of judicial activism.

From the abstract:
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson criticizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller through the lens of post-Roe judicial conservatism, a doctrine that exalts judicial deference to the political branches above the interest in individual liberty. But that vision is incompatible with the sort of judiciary the Framers established, and Wilkinson’s prescription does not lay out neutral guidelines for use of the judicial power. In Heller, the Supreme Court acted exactly according to Constitutional design, enforcing a fundamental right against recalcitrant political forces. Not just conservatives, but all Americans, should rejoice in the decision.

Read the law review article here.

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