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Supreme Court Review

1989

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Harmless Error And The Valid Rule Requirement, Henry Paul Monaghan Jan 1989

Harmless Error And The Valid Rule Requirement, Henry Paul Monaghan

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Nearly a decade ago in the pages of this journal, in discussing the nature of overbreadth challenges, I drew attention to what may be characterized as the "valid rule requirement." A defendant in a coercive action always has standing to challenge the rule actually applied to him. This means that he can resist sanctions unless they are imposed in accordance with a constitutionally valid rule, whether or not his own conduct is constitutionally privileged. The valid rule requirement focuses upon the rule as applied to the defendant by the jury instructions. In Pope v. Illinois the Court held that harmless ...