Is the Rehnquist Court an 'Activist' Court? The Commerce Cause Cases
Randy E. Barnett
Georgetown University Law Center
March 15, 2012
University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 72, 2002
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-045
In United States v. Lopez, the Supreme Court, for the first time in sixty years, declared an act of Congress unconstitutional because Congress had exceeded its powers under the Commerce Clause. In 2000, the Court reaffirmed the stance it took in Lopez in the case of United States v. Morrison, once again finding that Congress had exceeded its powers. Are these examples of something properly called "judicial activism"? To answer this question, we must clarify the meaning of the term "judicial activism." With this meaning in hand, the author examines the Court's Commerce Clause cases. The answer he gives to the question of whether the Rehnquist Court is an "activist" court is "no."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Judicial activism, Rehnquist Court, Commerce Clause, Constitutional law
JEL Classification: K00, K1, K3Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 16, 2012
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