June 18, 2012

Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner on The Interpretation of Legal Texts

A new book co-authored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and legal writing expert Bryan Garner faults judges for unprincipled decision making that has tarnished the reputation of the judiciary. The authors claim:
"The descent into social rancor over judicial decisions is largely traceable to non-textual means of interpretation, which erode society's confidence in a rule of law that evidently has no agreed-on meaning... Our legal system must regain a mooring that it has lost: a generally agreed-on approach to the interpretation of legal texts."
The new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of legal Texts, will be published on June 19, 2012 and is a follow up to the authors’ 2008 book Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.