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The Bill of Rights: Do We Really Need This Many Rights?

August 2022 Bar Bulletin

By Kary Krismer

The author has valued the Bill of Rights his entire adult life, including the relevant court decisions which may have been unpopular when issued. Accordingly, political proposals to limit First Amendment decisions have been viewed negatively. But maybe this view was too rigid. Maybe more is wrong with the Bill of Rights than just awkward grammar and syntax. This article will consider the Bill of Rights provisions in numerical order, and whether changes to some portions are necessary after some 230 years of use.

On the First Amendment well-known commentators have noted: “You have the right to Free Speech...

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