Constitutional Law and Politics

1. When thinking about the history of the commerce power, why was interpreting “interstate commerce” and the commerce clause so challenging?

2. After reading the chapter on the Commerce Power and our class discussions, what decisions of the Supreme Court were most surprising or interesting to you and why?

3. After reading the case of US v. Lopez (1995) would you have sided with the majority or dissented?  Remember, this was a case that was decided by a 5-4 Court.  Please be sure to explain your legal/ Constitutional reasoning.

4.  After reading the case of Granholm v. Heald (2005) would you have sided with the majority or dissented?  Remember, this was case that was decided by a 5-4 Court.  Did the Michigan and NY laws violate the dormant commerce clause?  Please be sure to explain your legal/ Constitutional reasoning.

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