Justice Holmes: Natural Law and the Supreme Court

Justice Holmes: Natural Law and the Supreme Court

Justice Holmes: Natural Law and the Supreme Court

Justice Holmes: Natural Law and the Supreme Court

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These lectures, given at the University of Texas in December, 1960, at the invitation of the Permanent Committee for The Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, although dealing with legal problems, are not intended primarily for members of the bar, but for a more general audience, who often cannot understand the approach of judges to the controversial problems of constitutional law which they are called on to "administer." The criticism of the Justice by Catholic scholars affords me not only an opportunity of discussing his views on the function and approach of appellate justices, but of inquiring what if any principles can guide them. This I have here attempted.

I want to express my thanks to the Library of Congress for affording me their admirable services.

FRANCIS BIDDLE

Washington, D.C. December, 1960

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