The Supreme Court and Opinion Content: The Use of the Federalist Papers
Corley, Pamela C., Howard, Robert M., Nixon, David C., Political Research Quarterly
Many scholars of the Supreme Court and many justices assert the importance of the Federalist Papers. They provide important evidence of original meaning and interpretation of the Constitution, and there is evidence that there is an increase in citations to the Federalist Papers in Supreme Court opinions. While some may view this increased citation use as a positive development because it demonstrates reliance on legal authority in judicial decisions, we provide evidence that in a period marked by dissensus and controversy, the use of the Federalist Papers represents externally and internally oriented strategic attempts by the justices to add legitimacy to constitutional interpretation, …
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Publication information: Article title: The Supreme Court and Opinion Content: The Use of the Federalist Papers. Contributors: Corley, Pamela C. - Author, Howard, Robert M. - Author, Nixon, David C. - Author. Journal title: Political Research Quarterly. Volume: 58. Issue: 2 Publication date: June 2005. Page number: 329+. © 2002 Political Research Quarterly. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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