Why We Need to Interpret Statutes

in The Language of Statutes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226767963
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226767987 | DOI:
Why We Need to Interpret Statutes

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This chapter analyzes the bribery statute in the U.S. which has generated so much litigation and has absorbed so much judicial effort resolving disputes. It suggests that some interpretation disputes result not from the wordings of the statutes themselves but are caused by the relationship between a statute and other aspects of the legal system such as the Constitution and sentencing schemes. This chapter also argues that many of the problems of statutory interpretation are caused by the gap between the capacity to make laws crisp enough to apply and the capacity to make laws flexible enough to deal with new situations.

Keywords: bribery statute; U.S. litigation; interpretation disputes; legal system; Constitution; sentencing schemes

Chapter.  13984 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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