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Without one, Section 5 is effectively a dead letter, with dire consequences for the integrity of American democracy.
Unfortunately, many lower courts have treated NAACP v. Alabama as a dead letter, inapplicable to other cases.
These laws aren’t just dead letters, either; southern conservative politicians are touting them as a sword against local governments who dare take down Confederate monuments, not just a shield against protestors and defilers.
For that crowd, American patriotism — love for our creeds of liberty and devotion to the Constitution — is already a dead letter.
But the reality is that, because of such misgivings, the border tax probably has been a dead letter for months now, though its proponents haven’t given up.
But rather than rest its case on tried and true constitutional provisions, the government watchdog asked a federal judge to bring to life, for the first time in American history, the dead letter of the foreign emoluments clause.
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DEAD LETTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dead letter for English Language Learners
: a letter that cannot be delivered or returned by the post office because of an incorrect address or other problem
: a law or agreement that has lost its force or authority
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