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The latest Supreme Court news and analysis from legal affairs expert Kenneth Jost.

Originalism: Defended and Debated – November 22, 2022

Originalism is a controversial legal doctrine that calls for constitutional provisions to be interpreted according to the original intention of the Framers of the Constitution to the United States or the original meaning of the terms as generally understood at the time of ratification. In this Court Report, court expert Kenneth Jost evaluates originalism's supporting and opposing viewpoints and the ongoing debate of which idealism the Supreme Court justices should follow as they make decisions.