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Re: A Case at Law

Derb: I won’t attempt to answer your specific question, but I do want to comment on your (quite correct) observation that “legal logic is a special kind of logic, that doesn’t yield easily to syllogistic analysis.” Robert Bork once began a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute with this story:

It is said that, at a dinner given in his honor, the English jurist Baron Parke was asked what gave him the greatest pleasure in the law. He answered that his greatest joy was to write a “strong opinion.” Asked what that might be, the baron said, “It is an opinion in which, by reasoning with strictly legal concepts, I arrive at a result no layman could conceivably have anticipated.”

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