ON-Lion Letter

The Constitution was written to limit government power, but those limits are meaningless unless judges restrain public officials when they overstep their bounds.  Judicial engagement is a cutting-edge approach to judicial review that ensures that Americans receive an honest, reasoned explanation in court whenever they allege a plausible abuse of government power.

Enforcing the Constitution:  How the Courts Performed in 2014-2015 is an annual review of the judiciary's performance from the Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE) at the Institute for Justice (IJ) in Arlington, Va.  This year’s edition provides a guided tour of 20 notable examples of judicial engagement and judicial abdication in 2014 and 2015.  

The examples come from state courts, federal district courts, federal appellate courts, and, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court.  They involve SWAT raids on barbershops, licensing schemes for tour guides, gun rights, gay marriage, raisin pilfering by the government (yes), and the Affordable Care Act.  Each case tells a story.

Fulfilling the Constitution's promise of liberty requires judicial engagement.  How did the judiciary do this past year?  Read Enforcing the Constitution, by Clark Neily and Evan Bernick.

Neily is a senior attorney at IJ and directs CJE.  Bernick is CJE’s assistant director.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports IJ.


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