Barkun quoted in New Yorker article on constitutional policing

Michael BarkunMichael Barkun, professor emeritus of political science, was interviewed for the New Yorker article "The Renegade Sheriffs." Barkun comments on William Potter Gale who proposed the idea of a constitutional sheriff in the 1970s. Potter embraced a belief system called Christian Identity, and, as a self-styled minister, preached that the Constitution was a divinely inspired document. According to Barkun, Gale's message was, "We know what the law really means. It’s all those lawyers who have erected a kind of apparatus of deception." 04/23/18