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2007

Boston University School of Law

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Mostly Unconstitutional: The Case Against Precedent Revisited, Gary Lawson Jan 2007

Mostly Unconstitutional: The Case Against Precedent Revisited, Gary Lawson

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In Part I of this Article, the author briefly recaps the argument against precedent that the author sketched in The Constitutional Case Against Precedent. Although the author’s purpose here is to refine that argument, the author still believes that the original argument is right in most particulars, and it still functions as a prima facie case against the use of precedent in constitutional interpretation. In Part II, the author surveys different possible grounds for the practice of precedent. In Part III, the author dismisses the possibility that the Constitution or some other controlling legal source affirmatively commands the use ...