A Handy 'Cf.' or Two for Citation Studies

7 Journal of Law 1 (2017)

4 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2018

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Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: December 29, 2017

Abstract

A note dated April 23, 1878, from Justice Joseph P. Bradley of the Supreme Court of the United States to Justice Amos R. Manning of the Supreme Court of Alabama, must have been quite gratifying to the recipient. It assured Manning – who already knew his opinion in Meyer v. Johnston was the law of the land in Alabama – that the opinion had a significant influence on the law of the land nationwide as well. That made for a nice note, but not a very interesting one for anyone other than Manning. Today, though, that note is more interesting, not for what it said, but for what it did not say – about how the Supreme Court treated Meyer v. Johnston and its author, and why.

Keywords: bankrupt, chancery, circuit court, circuit justice, circuit riding, citations, conflicts, disqualification, fifth circuit, plagiarism, receiver, recusal

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., A Handy 'Cf.' or Two for Citation Studies (December 29, 2017). 7 Journal of Law 1 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3094493

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