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supreme  v.— «Cut the grapefruit into sections (these are also known as “supremes,” with a short “e”) and let them drain on paper towels; they will give up a lot of juice.» —“I’ll have the gralefrit...

heckler’s veto

heckler’s veto  n.— «The Supreme Cour had held that judges could not permit a “heckler’s veto” by tailoring their findings to fear of white violence or flight from the schools. » —by J. Anthony Lukas Common...

three plastic animals rule

three plastic animals rule  n.— «In the past, the Supreme Court has subscribed to what lawyers call a “three plastic animals” rule for religious displays: If a crèche in a town square, for example, is surrounded by a wishing...

three plastic animals rule

three plastic animals rule n. the legal determination that secular symbols in a government-sponsored year-end seasonal display (such as a Nativity scene) can mark it as not endorsing a specific religion or religion in general. Editorial Note: Two...

Estradification

Estradification  n.— «Some Republicans said yesterday that the demands may be early signs of a stealth campaign by Democrats to kill the Supreme Court nomination by demanding documents they know they won’t get—a strategy one Republican...

Lochnerism

Lochnerism n. generally, a form of judicial activism in which court decisions are made based upon presumed rights not specifically addressed by existing (Constitutional) law, especially when influenced by political or personal beliefs. Etymological...