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Sat May 10 01:41:20 EDT 2008
On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:58 PM, Martin Dengler <martin at martindengler.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 08, 2008 at 04:06:03PM -0700, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>> [. . .]
>> It is sufficient if we clearly obey the law, and don't seek
>> to go beyond it.
> Any lawyers around? "go beyond" implies "interpret" -- the only
> safe course is to comply exactly and minimally, IMHO.
No, "go beyond" means "do more than is required". Going the extra mile
or turning the other cheek, for example.
"Interpret" is what you do when you want to go around the law by
saying what it "should" mean, unless you are a judge doing genuine
legal interpretation, that is, determining what the words in the law
mean, based on precedent, Common (judge-made) Law, statute,
Congressional intent, original intent, etc.
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