On June 24, Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made headlines when he wrote in Slate: “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation… the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today.”

Posner’s “apology” is about as reassuring as a wet blanket; it is clear his regret encompasses not his remarks, but only the trouble they are now causing him.

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