When a Supreme Court justice retires, President Bartlet has a golden opportunity to impact the court's composition by nominating a favorite judge but when further study reveals the candidate's conflicting ideology, the President might change his mind and opt for another judge. In addition, a headline seeking congressman on the House Government Oversight Committee accuses the White House staff of substance abuse -- a dicey issue for one important member. Written by
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plays Judge Peyton Cabot Harrison III, a candidate for the nomination to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, who believes that there is no right to privacy contained in the constitution because it wasn't specifically enumerated. In 1776
(1972) he played Thomas Jefferson who later commented to James Madison (who was concerned that if specific rights were listed, others would be construed not to exist) that "[h]alf a loaf is better than no bread. If we cannot secure all of our rights, let us secure what we can." See more
While grilling Judge Harrison in the Oval Office, Sam points out the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments all contain points of privacy in the Bill of Rights. Judge Harrison states that because the framers of the Constitution picked those specific points, they had no intention of including privacy as a right. Everyone seems to have forgotten the Ninth Amendment, which reads: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." See more
Set fire to the room. Do it now.
References Masterpiece Classic
West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more