[Ads-l] Neil Gorsuch, dictionaries, and =?utf-8?Q?=E2=80=9CThe_?=Case of the Frozen Trucker"

Baron, Dennis E debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Fri Mar 24 01:11:38 EDT 2017

There’s a new post on the Web of Language:

Neil Gorsuch, dictionaries, and “The Case of the Frozen Trucker.”

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is getting well-deserved shade for favoring employers in legal disputes. As he began his Senate confirmation hearings, the Supreme Court, which Gorsuch hopes to join, unanimously overturned his decision siding with a school board against an autistic pupil in a special education dispute.<https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-827_0pm1.pdf> But the Gorsuch opinion that interests me most, because it involves dictionaries, is “The Case of the Frozen Trucker.”

Read how Judge Gorsuch cited the OED, misread the statute, and generally interpreted the law in a decidedly unoriginalistic fashion, in his dissent in “The Case of the Frozen Trucker,” with a nod to William Blackstone and “The Case of the Bolognese Bloodletter,” on the Web of Language:


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