Trending: ‘stare decisis’
Lookups spiked 4,300% on October 14, 2020
The legal term stare decisis was looked up frequently on October 14, 2020, during the confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
According to The Atlantic:
Amy Coney Barrett and her Senate interlocutors can’t seem to stop discussing stare decisis, the principle that the Supreme Court should show respect for its own past decisions.
Definition of stare decisis is: "a doctrine or policy of following rules or principles laid down in previous judicial decisions unless they contravene the ordinary principles of justice."
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