TITLE

QUESTIONABLE USES OF CANONS OF STATUTORY INTERPRETATION: WHY THE SUPREME COURT ERRED WHEN IT DECIDED "ANY" ONLY MEANS "SOME."

AUTHOR(S)
Engel, Anthony L.
PUB. DATE
April 2006
SOURCE
Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology;Spring2006, Vol. 96 Issue 3, p877
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a discussion of the issues involved in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Small v. United States. The case involved the interpretation of the words "convicted in any court" in the U.S. Criminal Code's unlawful gun possession statute. The Supreme Court ruled that the words don't apply to foreign court decisions. The author argues that the Court's decision was incorrect because it should have done a plain reading of the statute rather than a strained one. If the language of the statute is clear, but the result is not the one intended, then Congress should be permitted to change the wording.
ACCESSION #
21820074

 

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