Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Experts' Constitutional Changes

ABC News today posted a story on constitutional changes that the experts would like to see.  Among them:

  • Drop the requirement that only natural born citizens can become president, suggested by Akhil Reed Amar;
  • Amend it to deal with "the terrible problem of money in politics," by Laurence Tribe;
  • Add a few words to the Fourth Amendment to deal with the issue of online privacy, by Jeffrey Rosen.

The story also quote a couple of law students, both of whom seemed to agree that while the Constitution contains timeless, enduring principles, it needs to keep up.  "[I]n order for the Constitution to survive we can't apply it as it was applied in 1790 when there was no such thing as indoor plumbing."



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