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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Monday, August 15, 2005


Things Not In The Constitution

One of my pet peeves is hearing somone proclaim this or that "Right" is enshrined in the Constitution when it is, in fact, nowhere to be found. A while back I found a great website, aptly named Things that are not in the U.S. Constitution, that discusses a good number of things at least somewhat-commonly claimed to be included in the Constitution. One of my favorites:

Judicial Review

We often hear about the Supreme Court striking down a law or a provision in a law, or, more often, reaffirming some law or provision. Take a look in the Constitution - judicial review, as this is known, is nowhere to be found. It seems like a perfectly normal action - after all, what kind of check does the Judicial Branch have on the other two branches if laws and orders cannot be declared unconstitutional. But judicial review is not specifically mentioned. So how did judicial review come to be? In the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison (1803), Chief Justice John Marshall declared a federal law, the Judiciary Act of 1789, to be unconstitutional, and thus null and void. This was the first time a Supreme Court ruling overturned a law.
Check out the others. You might just be surprised.


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