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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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Purposive Interpretation in Law

Aharon Barak - Law - 2005 - 423 pages
...England 59 (3d ed. 1884): "The most universal and effective 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 moved the legislature to enact it. For when this reason ceases the law itself ought likewise...
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Interpreting Statutes

Suzanne Corcoran, Stephen Bottomley - Constitutional law - 2005 - 330 pages
...the law', is the most universal, as well as the source of a law's continuing legitimacy: 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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Report of the Proceedings of the ... Annual Meeting of the ..., Volume 25

Missouri Bar Association - Bar associations - 1908
...context, the subject-matter, the effects and consequence, or the spirit and reason of the law." And 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; or the cause which...
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Practical Jurisprudence: A Comment on Austin

Edwin Charles Clark - Jurisprudence - 1883 - 403 pages
...obviously afford an unexceptional ground of interpretation for a dubious or deficient rule. Ratio legis. The most universal and effectual way of discovering the true meaning of a law, when the words are dubious, is, according to Blackstone, by considering the reason and spirit...
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