ERIC Number: ED186949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Generic Tendencies in Majority and Non-Majority Supreme Court Opinions: The Case of Justice Douglas.
Rodgers, Raymond S.
In order to test the opinion held by judicial and rhetorical scholars that distinct differences exist in rhetoric between majority and nonmajority Supreme Court decisions, an examination was made of 301 of Justice William O. Douglas' Supreme Court decisions. A hybrid methodology based on genre criticism and content analysis was used to examine the rhetorical samples in terms of the jurisprudential categories of natural law, positive law, and legal realism. Results indicated that Justice Douglas did not argue from different rhetorical-jurisprudential bases in his majority and nonmajority decisions. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Douglas (William O); Supreme Court
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Birmingham, AL, April 8-11, 1980).