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4/12/06: Separate Branches, Balanced Power

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – While the separation of powers functions to decentralize control in the U.S. system of government, it also creates a natural tension between the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Current debates around the question of executive war powers, the independence of judges and secret wiretapping hinge on this constitutional principle. But is this separation the most efficient means of governance and is it indeed central to democratic rule? Doug is joined by Governor Jon Huntsman, Chief Justice Christine Durham, Senate Majority Leader Peter Knudson, Speaker of the House Greg Curtis and University of Utah Political Science Professor Robert Huefner for a public discussion at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

  • Join RadioWest at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Room 253 in Orson Spencer Hall on the University of Utah Campus. The discussion begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12th. For more information, call the Institute at 801-581-8501.
  • The American Bar Association celebrates Law Day on May 1st. This year's theme focuses on the separation of powers. Learn more on-line. For information on Utah Law Day events, visit the Utah State Courts.

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