Warm-Up for 10/15/14

Justice Clarence Thomas on Judicial Review
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas discusses the origins of judicial review and his philosophy on judicial interpretation. (7 mins)

Use the video at www.c-span.org/video/?c4504775/justice-clarence-thomas-judicial-review and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
  1. What does Justice Thomas mean when he says the Federal Judiciary has assumed the role of "interpreter" and "final arbiter" of the U.S. Constitution?
  2. What two protections are provided in the Constitution for the Supreme Court? What was the purpose of these protections? According to Justice Thomas, what are some of the results of these protections?
  3. According to Justice Thomas, what is the proper role of a judge?
  4. Who was Judge Robert Bork? Give a brief explanation of Mr. Bork's philosophy on judicial interpretation. Do you agree with his philosophy? Explain.