Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

ISBN-10:
031427555X
ISBN-13:
9780314275554
Pub. Date:
05/28/2012
Publisher:
Thomson West

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Overview

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

In this groundbreaking book by best-selling authors Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner, all the most important principles of constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation are systematically explained in an engaging and informative style-including several hundred illustrations from actual cases. Never before has legal interpretation been so fascinatingly explained. Both authors are individually renowned for their scintillating prose styles, and together they make even the seemingly dry subject of legal interpretation riveting. Though intended primarily for judges and the lawyers who appear before them to argue the meaning of texts, Reading Law is sound educational reading for anyone who seeks to understand how judges decide cases-or should decide cases. The book is a superb introduction to modern judicial decision-making. Justice Scalia, with 25 years of experience on the Supreme Court, is the foremost expositor of textualism in the world today. Bryan A. Garner, as editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and author of Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage, is the most renowned expert on the language of the law. Reading Law is an essential guide to anyone who wishes to prevail in a legal argument-based on a constitution, a statute, or a contract. The book is calculated to promote valid interpretations: if you have lame arguments, you'll deplore the book; if you have strong arguments, you'll exalt it. But whatever your position, you'll think about law more clearly than ever before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780314275554
Publisher: Thomson West
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 70,828
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xix

Foreword xxi

Preface xxvii

I Introduction 1

II Sound Principles of Interpretation 47

A Principles Applicable to All Texts

Fundamental Principles 53

Semantic Canons 69

Syntactic Canons 140

Contextual Canons 167

B Principles Applicable Specifically to Governmental Prescriptions

Expected-Meaning Canons 247

Government-Structuring Canons 278

Private-Right Canons 295

Stabilizing Canons 318

III Thirteen Falsities Exposed 341

IV Afterword 411

Appendix A A Note on the Use of Dictionaries 415

Appendix B A Glossary of Legal Interpretation 425

Table of Cases 443

Bibliography 465

Index 507

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