Beyond Absurd: Jim Thorpe and a Proposed Taxonomy for The Absurdity Doctrine

33 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2015

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Hillel Y. Levin

University of Georgia School of Law

Joshua Segal

Jenner & Block LLP

Keisha Stanford

Jenner & Block LLP

Date Written: September 21, 2015

Abstract

In light of the Third Circuit's recent decision interpreting the Native American Graves Repatriation Act, this Article argues that the Supreme Court must clarify the Absurdity Doctrine of statutory interpretation. The Article offers a framework for doing so.

Keywords: John Thorpe, et al. v. Borough of Jim Thorpe, et al., statutory interpretation, Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, statutory construction, cannons, absurd result, absurdity doctrine, plain language

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Levin, Hillel Y. and Segal, Joshua and Stanford, Keisha, Beyond Absurd: Jim Thorpe and a Proposed Taxonomy for The Absurdity Doctrine (September 21, 2015). 68 Administrative Law Review, Forthcoming; UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663485

Hillel Y. Levin (Contact Author)

University of Georgia School of Law ( email )

225 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602
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Joshua Segal

Jenner & Block LLP ( email )

330 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-7603
United States

Keisha Stanford

Jenner & Block LLP ( email )

330 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-7603
United States

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