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For example, segregation was once legal. In the 1896 case Plessy v. Ferguson the SCOTUS ruled that racial segregation did not violate the 14th Amendment specifically the equal protection clause as long as everything that was segregated was equal, hence the term "separate but equal" came into existence. However... in 1954 in the case of Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka the SCOTUS ruled that racial segregation was in fact unconstitutional because it violated the 14th Amendment, specifically the equal protection clause!
There you have the exact same issue being fought over the definition of the exact same amendment and the exact same clause in the amendment but being ruled completely differently each time. That is proof if nothing else is that the Constitution is a living document and that the SCOTUS, acting in accordance with Article 3 of the Constitution, has the Supreme authority in its interpretation even if that may change from previous ones!
There is more than one way to change the meaning of the Constitution besides actually amendments and there is a perfect, among many, example of one!
Can I get an Amen brother!
Last edited by Wiseone; 06-02-10 at 10:07 PM.