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The Politics Of Meaning: Law Dictionaries And The Liberal Tradition Of Interpretation, Gary L. Mcdowell Jan 2000

The Politics Of Meaning: Law Dictionaries And The Liberal Tradition Of Interpretation, Gary L. Mcdowell

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At least since John Cowell's Interpreter was adjudged by the Committee on Grievances of the House of Commons in 1610 to be "very unadvised, and undiscreet, tending to the disreputation of the honour and power of the common laws" have law dictionaries been objects of occasional controversy. Yet legal dictionaries, as well as dictionaries more generally, have remained a constant resource in American law for those seeking to give meaning to the words of both statutes and constitutional provisions. They have appeared in the pages of the reports since the beginning of the republic; a majority of the justices ...


Samuel Dodd's Reports, 1678-1713 And Miscellaneous Exchequer Cases, 1671-1713, William Hamilton Bryson Jan 2000

Samuel Dodd's Reports, 1678-1713 And Miscellaneous Exchequer Cases, 1671-1713, William Hamilton Bryson

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The cases in Samuel Dodd's reports date from 1678 to 1713. Before 1685, almost half of the cases are from the court of king's bench. Thereafter, the vast majority are from the court of exchequer; there are cases from the equity, common law, and revenue sides of this court. The remainder of the cases are unclear as to court or are notes about judges and serjeants. The miscellaneous exchequer reports in the second part of this book are taken from various sources; most are from the printed reports. The notes added by the later editors of the reports ...