A US Court of Appeals judge has declared that the Constitution of the United States is effectively “dead”, urging other judges to stop studying it.
7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner told Slate that he sees zero value in studying the outdated document.
“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,” Posner argued.
“Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century,” he continued.
“Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today.”
Posner, an influential jurist who has served as a federal judge for thirty-five years, has previously voiced his disregard for the Constitution.
“I’m not particularly interested in the 18th Century, nor am I particularly interested in the text of the Constitution. I don’t believe that any document drafted in the 18th century can guide our behavior today,” he said during a 2015 colloquium.