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Barnett examines 'Lost Constitution.' March 24

Boston University professor Randy Barnett will give a lecture based on his latest book, "Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in 104 Computer Science Building.

Barnett, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor in B.U.'s School of Law, argues that the U.S. Constitution as it is enforced today by the Supreme Court is not the same one written by the nation's founders. He maintains that the courts have ignored portions of the Constitution and its amendments that protect individual liberties from the power of government.

Barnett, who has taught cyberlaw, contracts, constitutional law and criminal law, is a former criminal prosecutor for the Cook County state's attorney's office in Chicago. He also has written "The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law," and he has offered commentary on many television and radio programs.

His talk is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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