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This week's theme: terms from law.
stare decisis (STAYR-ee di-SY-sis, STAR-) noun
The legal principle of following precedents in deciding a case, the idea that future decisions of a court should follow the example set by the prior decisions.
[Latin for "let the decision stand".]
"'The court (and, I think, the country) loses when important precedent
is overruled without good reason, and there is no justification for
departure from our usual rule of stare decisis here,' Justice David H.
Men hate those to whom they have to lie. -Victor Hugo, poet, novelist, and dramatist (1802-1885)
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