Heller and the Triumph of Originalist Judicial Engagement: A Response to Judge Harvie Wilkinson
UCLA Law Review, Vol. 56, p. 1129, 2009
43 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2009
Date Written: June 1, 2009
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson criticizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller through the lens of post-Roe judicial conservatism, a doctrine that exalts judicial deference to the political branches above the interest in individual liberty. But that vision is incompatible with the sort of judiciary the Framers established, and Wilkinson’s prescription does not lay out neutral guidelines for use of the judicial power. In Heller, the Supreme Court acted exactly according to Constitutional design, enforcing a fundamental right against recalcitrant political forces. Not just conservatives, but all Americans, should rejoice in the decision.
Keywords: heller, second amendment, originalism, guns, wilkinson, gura, supreme court
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