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News Posted on October 13, 2017

Professor Larson Speaks on Treason and the Constitution at Zócalo/KCRW Event

Professor Carlton Larson spoke on treason and the U.S. Constitution as part of “What Does Treason Look Like?”, the debut event in the Zócalo/KCRW series, “Critical Thinking with Warren Olney,” held in Los Angeles on October 10. He spoke as part of a panel that included Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA School of Law (who will visit King Hall on October 16 to deliver the Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment) and Yale Law School Associate Dean Asha Rangappa.

Larson, who is writing a book on treason, said that the Founders intentionally drafted a very narrow definition of treason. “What the framers did not want was to have a democracy where the winning side prosecutes the losing side for treason,” he said.

Carlton Larson's research interests focus on constitutional law and legal history, with a strong emphasis on the 18th century.