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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Has Federal Judge Posner Revoked His Pledge To Support The U.S. Constitution?

In an op-ed on Slate.com, veteran federal judge Richard Posner wrote, “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes or seconds studying the Constitution, its amendments, and its implementation … 

“Eighteenth century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century. Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post-Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak today.” 

Posner doesn’t stop there: “… law professors are too respectful of the Supreme Court … I regard the posthumous encomia for Scalia as absurd.” 

Such disdain for the bedrock of U.S. democracy is shocking coming from a judge on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, whose oath requires applicants to swear, “I will support the Constitution of the United States.” Judge Posner clearly has no fealty to his oath, and as such has no business on the federal bench … nor any other.