Archive | June, 2010

Seattle tree policy conflicts with views

The Seattle PI recently ran a story on the possibility of Seattle changing its policy regarding the trimming and removal of trees. Despite a reputation as an environmentally friendly area, Seattle has been losing its tree canopy at an alarming rate. This, despite the fact that very few permits are given out each year. Read the […]

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Justice Souter on plain language and complex meanings

Simple words do not have simple meanings. Justice Souter’s address to the Harvard graduating class last week was an eloquent explanation of the debate between the strict constructionists (Scalia et. al.) and those that take a more nuanced view the Constitution (the “fair reading model” of constitutional interpretation). Justice Souter discounted the originalists’ “simplistic view […]

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