Supreme Court Splits... On Grammar and Writing Style
Barton, Supreme Court Splits . . . On Grammar and Writing Style, 17 SCRIBES J. LEGAL WRITING 33 (Fall 2017).
13 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2018
Date Written: January 1, 2017
This article details the results of a study of every signed U.S. Supreme Court opinion, concurrence, and dissent from the 2015 and 2014 terms. The review revealed that while on most matters of writing, U.S. Supreme Court Justices achieve unanimity, they are often split on subtler matters of style, like how to use conjunctions, possessives, contractions, and fragments.
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