The Value of Intuition in Judging: A Case Study
57 Court Review 34 (2021)
5 Pages Posted: 24 May 2021
Date Written: February 23, 2021
The article reports on a survey of readers about the reasoning in United States v. Hayes, 555 U.S. 415 (2009), a case involving muddled statutory drafting. The decision is fascinating for its deep dive into canons of construction.The majority cited four canons, the minority three. But in the end, readers judged the majority’s sense of the statute’s “manifest purpose”—a nontextual argument— to be the strongest argument of all. And they did so decisively: it received as many “points” in the voting as all the textual arguments put together.
Keywords: textualism, interpretation, reasoning, canons of constructions, judicial intuition, statutory purpose
JEL Classification: K41
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