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Toward Neutral Principles of Constitutional Law

Herbert Wechsler
Harvard Law Review
Vol. 73, No. 1 (Nov., 1959), pp. 1-35
DOI: 10.2307/1337945
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1337945
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Abstract

Professor Wechsler, disagreeing with Judge Learned Hand as to the justification for judicial review of legislative action, argues that courts have the power, and duty, to decide all constitutional cases in which the jurisdictional and procedural requirements are met. The author concludes that in these cases decisions must rest on reasoning and analysis which transcend the immediate result, and discusses instances in which he believes the Supreme Court has not been faithful to this principle.

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