Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Case in Point, My Wasted Time

Just for lawyers: Which Canon of Statutory Construction are You?
brought to you by Quizilla?

You are "Noscitur a socii"! You look to

neighboring words to shed light on the

meaning of ambiguous words. You're a

sociable canon, and always look at everything

in context. However, you're useless by


Hat tip to the Volokh Conspiracy (I'm flattered to learn that I am the same canon as his eminence Eugene Volokh; of course, so are 23% of quiz takers at last count). And I tag Emily, Michael, and the folks over at Bloodless (honorary Esquires).


Blogger emily said...

rule of lenity. oh yeah.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

It's funny because I was just talking to em the other day about some question she put on her blog and I wanted to respond, but my response would fall into the "Well, it depends on the context" position. I think that's sort of a trap I fall into.

Anyway, I thought this was funny, but I hated the answers, because there were no options that I would actually, you know select. However, obviously, that's not the point, and I'm just being way too serious about the whole thing.

So, yeah, I got the Plain Meaning Rule.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous binky said...

I am "the Golden Rule."

You are the Golden Rule! You presume that the legislature would not want to apply the statute to achieve an unreasonable or absurd result inconsistent with its purpose. It's not what's on the surface that matters for you, and you try to do what's best in any given situation. You're a bit unpredictable, but you don't mind.

2:43 PM  

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