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High Court Mulls How Judges Should Read Its Messy Rulings

Law360 (February 2, 2018, 5:08 PM EST) -- A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court is forcing the justices to grapple with how lower courts should view rulings when the justices split 4-1-4 and there is no majority opinion to serve as precedent, a frequent occurrence that often results in a tangle of conflicting decisions.

In Hughes v. U.S., the justices will decide how the federal circuit courts should interpret such fractured rulings amid complaints that the longstanding rule on the subject is illogical and unclear. The so-called Marks rule gives precedential weight...
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Case Information

Case Title

Erik Lindsey Hughes, Petitioner v. United States

Case Number



Supreme Court

Nature of Suit

Date Filed

August 1, 2017

Government Agencies

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