Bench Memos

Pop Quiz

On the Corner yesterday, there was a lot of discussion related to Justice Ginsburg’s statement during a recent visit to Egypt (transcript here, video here), “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.” She instead recommended the South Africa constitution (“a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights and an independent judiciary”), Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the European Convention on Human Rights as preferable models.

At Red State, cartoonist TobyToons presents a pop quiz on the Constitution, asking “Which of these artifacts is too old and irrelevant to be useful to America?” See if you can pass the quiz.

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