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Naked Politics, Federal Courts Law, And The Canon Of Acceptable Arguments, Michael Wells Jan 1998

Naked Politics, Federal Courts Law, And The Canon Of Acceptable Arguments, Michael Wells

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In this Article, I argue that there is a wide gap between the aspirations and the actual operation of Federal Courts law. I maintain that, despite the conversational rule forbidding it, raw substance in fact wields significant influence in the resolution of Federal Courts issues. For example, the familiar argument that federal courts should be favored because they are more "sympathetic" to federal claims is really an appeal to naked politics. The empirical premise of this and other arguments of naked politics is that there are structural differences between federal and state courts which affect the outcomes of close cases ...