Freeman

October 1983

Volume 33, 1983

FEATURES

Judicial Monopoly Over the Constitution: Jefferson's View

OCTOBER 01, 1983 by CLARENCE B. CARSON

Do the Federal courts have a monopoly of the interpretation of the Constitution? Further, are the judges, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions . . ."?[1] There is little reason to doubt that the prevailing view in the country would give a resounding affirmative answer to the first question. There are dissenters, of course, but so far as they are numerous and widely influential, their dissents are to particular decisions or opinions of the courts, not to the propriety of the courts making some decision.

The Ethics of Crime

OCTOBER 01, 1983 by GARY MCGATH

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