Judge Diane Wood On Constitutional Interpretation
Federal Seventh Circuit Appeals Court Judge Diane Wood (appointed in 1995 by President Clinton) is rumored to be on the short list of candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court by President Obama. Wood, in contrast to appeals court Sonia Sotomayor, has received a favorable review from TNR's Jeff Rosen (ironically, Rosen objected to her elevation to the 7th Circuit.) But Wood's views on constitutional interpretation are likely to be attacked by extreme conservative legal commentators. This 2004 talk at NYU (via SCOTUSblog) is likely to be the focal point of attack. A key snippet:
It is time . . . to end the long-standing and unproductive methodological debate over “originalism” versus “dynamism” or “evolution” and focus instead on how, as a substantive matter, we should interpret the Constitution in the twenty-first century, and what it has to say on questions unimaginable to our eighteenth-century Framers.
Fighting words for the the extreme right wing legal community. More . .
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