Keynote: Originalism and History


Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Wednesday, [Nov. 6] critiqued some of his more conservative former colleagues' use of originalism, warning that lawyers and judges aren't well suited to interpret history accurately.

"History is at best an inexact field of study, particularly when employed by judges," said Stevens, who retired from the court in 2010.

Stevens' remarks keynoted a law review symposium at the University of Georgia. [The] conference centered on the freedom of the press nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, which made it more difficult for public officials to win libel actions against the media. But Stevens' midday talk at a UGA chapel packed with students, faculty and assorted others didn't touch on free press issues.

Retired Justice Stevens Takes on History, Originalism by Alyson M. Palmer for the Daily Report Online on 11/7/2015.

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