Merrill, Thomas W.
June 2008
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy;Summer2008, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p977
Academic Journal
An essay on the reasons why conservatives should support precedent in constitutional adjudication in the U.S. is presented. It states that the legal norms for settling disputed questions of law are stronger in precedents than they are in originalism. It emphasizes the need to make law accessible to legal actors other than Supreme Court justices. The author says that the Supreme Court would lessen the chances for change in the law through constitutional interpretation if it were to adopt a strong theory of precedent.


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