Constitutional topic constitutional interpretation the only thing one needs to interpret the constitution is a literal reading of the words contained therein with an expert knowledge in the 18th century meaning of those words the debates leading to the final draft are not relevant the federalist papers are not relevant only the words. The court and constitutional interpretation the republic endures and this is the symbol of its faith few other courts in the world have the same authority of constitutional interpretation and none have exercised it for as long or with as much influence a century and a half ago the french political observer alexis de tocqueville noted . Students analyze real life cases interpreting the 8th and 5th amendments to see whether they interpret the bill of rights the same way the supreme court did and discover how tricky interpreting the constitution really is. Non originalism allows judges to head off the crises that could result from the inflexible interpretation of a provision in the constitution that no longer serves its original purpose the amendment process is too difficult and cannot be relied upon to save us. Fourteen ways to interpret the constitution 10 31 2016 0325 pm et updated nov 01 2017 when supreme court justices interpret the constitution they have a stated or unstated framework for
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