Ely - Ely- The Court as a Referee 10/3/2007 12:21:00 PM...

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Ely- The Court as a Referee 03/10/2007 11:21:00 Interpretivism     - Judges deciding constitutional issues should confine themselves  to enforcing norms that are stated or clearly implicit in the written Constitution. Clause-bound  interpretivism claims that constitutional phrases be given  content solely on the basis of their language and surrounding legislative  history. Both impossible and unwise Proves on analysis incapable of keeping faith with the evident spirit of certain  provisions. When we search for an external source of values, we search in vain. Noninterpretivism     - Courts should go beyond that set of references and enforce  norms that cannot be discovered within the four corners of the document. Seems to invite judicial value imposition The Warren Court Most controversial decisions concerned criminal procedure as well as other  questions of what judicial or administrative process is due before serious consequences  may be visited upon individuals. Unprecedented  activism  in the fields of political expression and association. Also the  first  to move into the voter qualification and malapportionment  areas. The court had a desire to ensure that the political process was open to all  viewpoints on as equal a basis as possible. Carolene Products footnotes  ( United States v. Carolene Products Co) Upheld a federal statute prohibiting the interstate shipment of filled milk
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Determined that all it had to be was rational, and it certainly was that. There were three footnotes that did not have to do with the case at all, but merely  views of the court that did not fit with a particular case. The footnotes have not bee adequately elaborated. The first footnotes was added at the request of Chief Justice Hughes. A claim on  positive law The relationship between the second and third footnotes have not been  elaborated on either. Possible references to  popular   control  and  egalitarianism o Popular control suggests an ability on the part of the majority simply to  outvote the minority and deprive its members of goods they desire. Definitions of 
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