Penalty Default Interpretive Canons

Kysar, Rebecca M.
March 2011
Brooklyn Law Review;Spring2011, Vol. 76 Issue 3, p953
Academic Journal
An essay recommending how courts can remedy defects in the passing of laws by the U.S. Congress through penalty default interpretive canons is presented. It describes how these canons can fill the gap between a textualist and a purposivist approach which usually results in laws that often have no means of being enforced except through the courts. It explains how the canons can motivate lawmakers to disclose special-interest benefits for public scrutiny during the legislative process.


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