Rebutter


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Rebutter

In Common-Law Pleading, the response made by a defendant to a plaintiff's surrejoinder, which rebuts earlier denials made by the defendant.

The making of a rebutter occurs in the third round of the series of pleadings made by the parties. First, there is the plaintiff's declaration which is countered by the defendant's plea. Next, the plaintiff makes a replication which is answered by the defendant in his or her rejoinder. In the third stage of Pleading, the plaintiff makes a surrejoinder to which the defendant responds by use of the rebutter.

REBUTTER, pleadings. The name of the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's surrejoinder. It is governed by the same rules as the rejoinder. (q.v.) 6 Com. Dig. 185.

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The typical group of Democratic rebutters also includes two senators and two House members (compared to one senator and one House member for Republicans).
4) Measured on a scale that ranges from -1 (most liberal) to +1 (most conservative), I average the ideology of all representatives in the group of rebutters to determine an overall estimate of the out-party response group.
Table 3 indicates that groups of Democratic rebuttals tend to be more ideologically extreme than Republican rebutters are over the period of this study.
The evidence reveals the total number of rebutters is greater in presidential election years (five rebutters on average, compared to three in nonpresidential election years).
I may also expect that out-parties will attempt to project ideological moderation more so during presidential election cycles than in other years by designating groups of rebutters that are ideologically more moderate.
In this section, I analyze developments over time with respect to out-party selections of State of the Union rebutters.
In fact, no more than two rebutters have responded to the State of the Union since 1986.
Democrats increasingly overlook senators in designating rebutters to the annual message.
Analysis of my data reveals both parties' rebutters have become growingly ideologically polarized over time.