Thursday, May 25, 2006
A few weeks ago, Kurt Paulsen wrote a post about the reference in the West Wing to a missing comma in the takings clause. Kurt just sent me the following update:
I decided to see if the National Archives had a high resolution image of the Constitution available. They did. Using a standard JPEG viewer, I zoomed in as close as I could get. I then captured the screen image, which is attached. Sure looks like a comma to me such that the Takings clause ACTUALLY should read:
...taken for public use, without just compensation.
There's a law review article just waiting to be written on this!
Click on the image below to expand and see for yourself.
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