Today on Legalese we are talking about the meaning and scope of the Ninth Amendment, What did this amendment mean to the framers and ratifiers who gave the bill of rights legal force? What role has it played in Constitutional law and case precedent? What does it mean in our own time and how is it applied today? And could this amendment be the most important sentence in the entire Constitution?
Today on Legalese, we continue my ongoing series “Ignorance of the Law” where I expose the fact that while politicians and police are often quick to tell people ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking the law, it’s often an excuse for making and enforcing the law.
We discuss the North Hampton, New Hampshire police department, where several officers and the police chief beclowned themselves following an especially absurd arrest.
But this incident is only the latest in a disturbing trend of North Hampton police officers overstepping their prerogative to the extreme.