Privacy and the American Constitution: New Rights Through Interpretation of an Old Text

By William C. Heffernan. Palgrave MacMillan, 358 pages, $119

, New York Law Journal


As the Senate prepares to consider the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, an avowed originalist, William Heffernan has published a timely book on the right to privacy, a contentious issue that has bedeviled conservatives. It is a compelling read which not only traces the development of a "right" that is not expressly mentioned in the Constitution, but also analyzes the "practice of interpretive supplementation" on which it relies.

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