Dean Emeritus Ottinger writes about activism in the court

Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger, a former Congressman from New York, responded to an article in “The New York Times” that looked at the level of judicial activism by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a Letter to the Editor that was published this past weekend, Dean Ottinger says Times reporter Adam Liptak asked the wrong question when examining the number of previous decisions the Roberts court has overruled. Instead, Ottinger says we should be looking at the ramifications of the Citizens United decision and the Shelby County v. Holder decision.

“Certainly, the founding fathers never thought that they were creating a country in which a billion-dollar corporation’s ‘free’ speech carried more weight than that of ordinary citizens. If the court now strikes down the limits on individual campaign contributions, it will do double damage to our democracy,” writes Ottinger.

Dean Ottinger’s letter can be read here.

 

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