James Macleod, ‘Ordinary Causation: A Study in Experimental Statutory Interpretation’

ABSTRACT
… This Article considers a novel approach to ordinary meaning statutory interpretation, using these recent causation cases as a proof of concept: To find how people would ordinarily construe statutory language in context, ask a lot of people to apply the disputed language, and observe what they do. In short, to find public meaning, ask the public. As a demonstration, the Article reports the results of a nationally representative survey of nearly 1500 jury-eligible laypeople …

Macleod, James, Ordinary Causation: A Study in Experimental Statutory Interpretation (March 14, 2019). Indiana Law Journal, forthcoming.

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