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Methods of InterpretationHow the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution$
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Lackland H. Bloom Jr

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377118.001.0001

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(p.419) thirteen Synthesis
Methods of Interpretation

Lackland H. Bloom

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates how the Court synthesizes different methods of interpretation into a coherent opinion, and how concurring and dissenting justices often use the same methods of interpretation as the majority to draw very different conclusions. To achieve this, the book examines five landmark cases each from a different historical era and each dealing with a different area of constitutional law. The cases are Cohens v Virginia, the Slaughterhouse Cases, Powell v Alabama, New York Times v Sullivan, and Lee v Weisman.

Keywords:   synthesis, Cohens v Virginia, Slaughterhouse Cases, Powell v Alabama, New York Times v Sullivan, Lee v Weisman

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