The constitution is many things to many people undoubtedly it is the frame work for the government of the united states of america defining the three branches and clearing delineating the powers of the branches it also undoubtedly grants certain power to the federal government and grants others to the states and it undoubtedly guarantees the basic rights of the people. The court and constitutional interpretation the republic endures and this is the symbol of its faith chief justice charles evans hughes cornerstone address supreme court building equal justice under law these words written above the main entrance to the supreme court building express the ultimate responsibility of the supreme court of the united states the court is the highest . Students learn that you cant take constitutional language at face value those phrases we read in the bill of rights such as cruel and unusual punishment or being a witness against yourself have specialized meaning based on years of interpretation by the supreme court. Robert bork robert bork making the case for originalism if the constitution is law then presumably its meaning like that of all other law is the meaning the lawmakers were understood to have intended
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