Magazine April 18, 2011, Issue


The Supreme Court of the United States. (Erin Schaff/Reuters)

Who Will Review the Judicial Reviewers?
In his reply to Pamela K. Grow’s letter concerning nullification, Allen C. Guelzo states, correctly, “If the founders had wanted to grant nullifying power — to the states or any other body — they would have had more than sufficient opportunity to include it in the Constitution.” In the same reply he also writes, “That determination lies in the hands of the courts, under the principle of judicial review.”

But judicial review is no more present in the Constitution than is nullification, and the founders had as much opportunity to include it. Even the framers who

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