The Lexicon Remains a Fortress: An Update
Green Bag, Vol. 5, No. 51, 2001
19 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2006
The articles examine the use of dictionaries by the United States Supreme Court and in appendices they list (1) every term ever defined by a dictionary in a Supreme Court opinion; (2) every case where a Supreme Court Justice has used a dictionary in an opinion; and (3) every dictionary used by a Supreme Court Justice.
This update evaluates the Supreme Court Justices continued use of dictionaries, noting that while they still rely upon dictionaries to a great degree, there are signs that the Justices might be becoming more concerned about the broad use of dictionaries in court opinions.
Keywords: dictionary, dictionaries, supreme court, lexicon
JEL Classification: K10, K40
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