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David Currie Reads the Constitution:
Via the University of Chicago Law Faculty blog, I learn that the Chicago website has posted an MP3 file recorded in 2006 of the late Professor David Currie reading the U.S. Constitution (link to the hosting page rather than the file). It's a big file, but a download is well worth it: Currie has a marvelous voice, and hearing the Constitution read aloud gives you a particularly keen sense of the structure and internal consistency of the document. Super cool.

  I'll bet John Roberts has it on his iPod -- shouldn't you?
David Sucher (mail) (www):
That's extraordinary. Thanks!

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OT: Or maybe I should say, speaking of the Constitution, I just saw the movie Michael Clayton and I am very curious to hear what Volokh Conspirators have to say about it.

My own take: Attorney Edens certainly went about it the hard way. Why didn't he just find some friendly journalists?
10.16.2007 1:52am
Informant (mail):
This is good, but the remix by D.J. A.R. Amar with the breakbeats on Article III is even better.
10.16.2007 2:32am
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
Candidates for President should be required to do this. It would give us some reassurance that they were acquainted with the document, and the quality of the reading would give an indication as to whether they understood it.
10.16.2007 4:31am
SpenceB:
[Bill Poser: "...It would give us some reassurance that they were acquainted with the document.." ]


...Maybe we should start having the the President, Congressmen, and other government officials make some kind of solemn promise to abide by the Constitution when they assume their official positions --- we could call it an 'oath-of-office' or something... (?)
10.16.2007 8:57am
fffff:
This is good, but the remix by D.J. A.R. Amar with the breakbeats on Article III is even better.

Yeah, I understand it sounds something like this.
10.16.2007 10:01am
Daniel Chapman (mail):
lol... I haven't seen that in about four years... thanks!
10.16.2007 10:35am
ChrisIowa (mail):

..Maybe we should start having the the President, Congressmen, and other government officials make some kind of solemn promise to abide by the Constitution when they assume their official positions --- we could call it an 'oath-of-office' or something... (?)


Require that they do the whole thing from memory rather than parroting the chief three words at a time. That way we'd know they had some idea what they said.
10.16.2007 10:44am
Barry:
"I'll bet John Roberts has it on his iPod ..."

I doubt it. See, e.g. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 415 F.3d 33 (2005).

Barry
10.16.2007 11:06am
Barry:
"I'll bet John Roberts has it on his iPod ..."

I doubt it. See, e.g. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 415 F.3d 33 (2005).

Barry
10.16.2007 11:06am
Robert West (mail) (www):
David Currie died? That's terrible news.
10.16.2007 12:14pm
A family member:
Yes, unfortunately, David Currie passed away on Monday, October 15th. He will be sorely missed.
10.16.2007 2:02pm
Robert West (mail) (www):
I didn't know him, but I was a great fan of his books, and I was hoping there would be more.
10.16.2007 3:02pm
arbitraryaardvark (mail) (www):
his books at Amazon.
10.16.2007 6:16pm
taney71:
So how do you get this on an ipod?
10.16.2007 6:46pm
Simon Dodd (mail) (www):
Barry, I'm sure that's meant to be supremely witty, but it seems like a fairly poorly-chosen example. The opinion there (not written by Roberts in any event) is hardly the sort of irrational departure from the Constitution you're implying.
10.16.2007 8:58pm
josh:
Prof Currie was my con law prof in the fall of 2000. He assured us students during the 2000 presidential election that "The Republic will survive" (generally correct) and was the first I can recall to note that the question of who had the power to declare/control war -- Congress or the president -- was more than a little unsettled (certainly correct and incredibly prescient). Would it were that a few lawyers in the Bush admin had taken his class.
10.17.2007 12:11am
GV_:
josh, I'm pretty sure the Constitution has settled who has the power to declare war.
10.17.2007 1:19pm