Professor Who Co-Wrote 25th Amendment Calls Invoking It ‘A Judgment Call’

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Dean Emeritus and Norris Professor of Law John D. Feerick ’61, an architect of the 25th Amendment, shares his expert opinion on invoking the amendment with The Wall Street Journal.

One of the writers of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution is seeing his great project from the 1960s experience an unexpected day in the spotlight in the waning days of President Trump’s term.

“For the first time, the amendment has gotten as much attention as I’ve ever seen, except with respect to the Watergate period,” said John Feerick, a professor at Fordham Law School who along with about a dozen other legal scholars helped draft the constitutional amendment addressing presidential vacancy, disability or incapacity.

“It’s a judgment call,” Mr. Feerick said on Monday when asked if the amendment, which was ratified in 1967, could be invoked in this case.

“It was intended to be a flexible process to deal with circumstances that prevented the president from discharging his powers and duties,” the 84-year-old law professor said.

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