Boston University School of Law

Judicial Philosophy in Legal Interpretation at the Supreme Court

 

In this edition of the Boston University School of Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor Ward Farnsworth,  to discuss his ongoing research into the role of politics and judicial philosophy in legal interpretation at the Supreme Court.  Dan and Professor Farnsworth will look at the role of policy preferences and how they affect the current Supreme Court Justices’ decision making and pattern of voting.

  • http://www.klinelaw.org Ray Kline

    I just listened to this on my phone, and Professor Farnsworth sounds good. I enjoyed listening to this. It makes me nostalgic for 1L Civ Pro (1997).

  • Lawrence Baker

    Supreme Court – Multinational Corporations do “Victory” Dance.
    The Robert’s U.S. Supreme Court decision changing the interpretation of the Bill of Rights from meaning “We the people” to mean “We the multinational corporations” on January 19, 2010 will live as a day of infamy in the history of our (what was our) Constitution. In one day, the Supreme Court has set themselves up as the “Fathers of a New U.S Constitution” and moved Americans from a “Representative Democracy” of individuals to a “Corporate Plutocracy” representing the rich and powerful. Therefore, the Robert’s conservative Supreme Court is anti-Democratic.
    Congress is in the bag, of course, and will not move to overrule Robert’s Supreme Court. The time for Justice and action passed by when impeaching Bush for War Crimes and nullifying his appointed (planted) neoconservative Supreme Court Justice appointees was possible. What George W. Bush and the Trilateral Commission blew-away of our American Democracy and Independents “Free (sic) Trade” in 10 years; it will take at least 200 years of struggle (probably 500 years) and millions of American lives to regain.
    Today, the seemingly driver-less steam roller of Bush right-wing “your either with us or you are the enemy” unethical opportunist (no one can be identified as the driver) are on an itinerary. Follow the money, mass media propaganda, slander attacks, bullying threats, CASH-root organizations (most Tea Baggers) and their Totalitarian agenda become apparent. 2010 is going to be one ugly year. The Dupes August assault on the Capital and our Constitution will be spectacular; followed by “drill baby drill” and mass “exportation” of Natural Resources to pay National debt.
    The 2012 doomsday propaganda is right-wing Totalitarian Trilateral Commission (New World Order) propaganda, designed on fear and destiny resignation to render you hopeless with no willpower to resist as multinational corporation bankers take away your (our) American Freedom, Independence and Democracy.