Green Bag, Vol. 5, No. 2d, 2002
6 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2006
Every Supreme Court opinion is prefaced by a curiously self-contradictory citation. The Syllabus is accompanied by a footnote warning of the Syllabus's unofficial status. By the same token, of course, the footnote itself is unofficial and has no legal standing. This essay reexamines the status of the Syllabus, and argues that it should have precedential authority.
Keywords: headnote, abstract, Supreme Court, reporter, decisions, Detroit Lumber, Detroit Timber, United States Reports, clerks, Balkin, footnote
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