Judges and Statutes: Essays on Agent Orange

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Judges characteristically ignore or deny the choices they make when statutes surround or underlie a case. The statute based claims of veterans exposed to Agent Orange provide both an opportunity to unearth the questions that now determine outcome and to suggest what those questions should be. Asking the questions proposed, judges would determine the extent to which uncertainty and thus real choice cannot be reduced, evaluate the potential for interaction between court and legislature on the issue, and reach the underlying value choices that are unavoidably theirs and that determine outcome.

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Law and Policy

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