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Summer 2016




American Bar Association




Ask almost anyone in Massachusetts, or in any other predominantly liberal American state, what they think about Justice Antonin Scalia, and you are bound to hear comments, not a few of them derisory, about original intent as an approach to constitutional law. This was true long before his death on February 13, 2016, and is still true today. The theory of originalism, the notion that the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with the intent of its framers, had become so closely associated with Scalia that the man had become the living embodiment of the theory.

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