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" that whoever drew blood in the streets should be punished with the utmost severity," was held after long debate not to extend to the surgeon, who opened the vein of a person that fell down in the street with a fit. 5. But, lastly, the most universal and... "
Register of Debates in Congress: Comprising the Leading Debates and ... - Page 2907
by United States. Congress - 1825
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The Rise of Modern Judicial Review: From Constitutional Interpretation to ...

Christopher Wolfe - Law - 1994 - 447 pages
...that way. For example, a prohibition against "drawing blood" need not be applied to doctors. Fifth, "the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause which...
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Dynamic Statutory Interpretation

William N. Eskridge, William N. Eskridge, Jr., John a Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William N Eskridge - Law - 1994 - 438 pages
...recognized that gaps and ambiguities are inevitable in statutes. In resolving ambiguities, he urged that "the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it ... [f]or when this...
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How to Read the Constitution: Originalism, Constitutional Interpretation ...

Christopher Wolfe - Law - 1996 - 226 pages
...medical procedure. The absurdity of prohibiting the latter justified a narrower interpretation. But "the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of the law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause which...
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Blackstone's Commentaries: With Notes of Reference to the ..., Volume 1

St. George Tucker, William Blackstone - Law - 2000 - 3276 pages
...be referred to the 100/. or to the ISQl.fer annum. The court of king's bench having S. But, lastly, the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it ; or the cause which...
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The Constitution in Congress: The Federalist Period, 1789-1801

David P. Currie - Law - 1997 - 327 pages
...in the Articles. 2 Annals at 1941, 1946-47, 1975. 8See id at 2002 (Rep. Gerry, quoting Blackstone): '"[T]he most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it, or the cause which...
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Statutes in Court: The History and Theory of Statutory Interpretation

William D. Popkin - Law - 1999 - 340 pages
...chain of interpretive criteria, Blackstone gets to equitable interpretation. He states that "lastly, the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause which...
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Law Without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes

Albert W. Alschuler - Biography & Autobiography - 2000 - 325 pages
...who opened the vein of a person that fell down in the street with a fit."127 Blackstone observed that "the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law . . . is by considering the reason and spirit of it, or the cause which moved the legislator...
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Madison V. Marshall: Popular Sovereignty, Natural Law, and the United States ...

Guy Padula - History - 2002 - 208 pages
...Commentaries with Hamilton's argument in Federalist 81: Gerry — "[T]he most universal and true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it.""8 Hamilton — "[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers...
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The Canadian Federalist Experiment: From Defiant Monarchy to Reluctant Republic

Frederick Vaughan - History - 2003 - 225 pages
...five "signs the most natural and probable" that should guide the judge in his task. The fifth rule, "the most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause which...
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Educational Freedom in Urban America: Brown V. Board After Half a Century

David F. Salisbury, Casey Lartigue - Education - 2004 - 342 pages
...language is their tool of choice. Freedom of Choice: Interest Groups and the Philosophy of Language [T]he most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is by considering the reason and spirit of it; or the cause which...
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