Law and the Judge’s Cousin

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2 Responses

  1. Dan Cole says:

    Nate:

    No question that other institutions besides law matter a great deal, and sometimes matter more than the substantive law. But the existence (or non-existence) and enforcement (or non-enforcement) of laws on proper judicial procedures are not at all irrelevant to the example of the judge’s cousin.

    Dan

  2. Nate Oman says:

    True enough. On the other hand, I think that there is a difference between the question of “WHETHER the law is consistently enforced” and the question of “WHAT law is consistently enforced.” My point is simply that in many contexts the first question is far, far more important than the second question.