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Constitutional Law Stories: Heroes and Villains

Is the Federal Government - in particular, the Supreme Court - always the ‘hero’ when it comes to protecting rights under the Constitution? Judge Jeffrey Sutton explains that, though there are many times when the federal government has rightfully intervened when the states have set a negative example (for instance, in Brown v. Board of Education), there are other times where states have actually been leaders in rights protection. He also discusses the role federalism can plays in determining which rights to nationalize. Jeffrey S. Sutton sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Sutton was a partner with the law firm of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Columbus, Ohio, and served as State Solicitor of the State of Ohio. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (Ret.), the Honorable Antonin Scalia and the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill. He is the author of 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law. https://youtube.com/watch?v=BmN4_Kqmm2s

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