A Harvard law professor who is pushing a U. S. constitutional convention has told Illinois lawmakers there are built-in protections against extremes. During a committee hearing, State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) asked, “These delegates … can say, we think that the best way to address Citizens United is to get rid of the First Amendment – is that a possibility that can come out of this convention?”

Lawrence Lessig agreed it’s possible, and then posed a question of his own: “Can you imagine 38 states ratifying that?  And, I would suggest, it’s impossible to imagine that there wouldn’t be at least 13 of them that would stop that amendment.”

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Lessig, already involved in a “Mayday PAC” he initiated on May 1 to change campaign finance, wants a new constitutional convention to take in possible amendments.

S.J.R. 42 has passed the House Judiciary Committee.

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